Where: St Just, Cornwall
£: Free (donations to keep the festival going are welcomed)
What is it?
Lafrowda Festival is an annual celebration of community arts in St Just, Cornwall. The name Lafrowda comes from the ancient name for the church lands where the little town of St Just stands today. St Just is the most westerly town in England and has a strong sense of Cornish heritage.
The first Lafrowda Festival took place in 1996 and has developed from a music festival into a two-week community arts festival. During the festival fortnight Lafrowda provides an opportunity for local groups to showcase the wealth of creative talent in the St Just area. A wide range of organisations take part with something happening every day, from music and comedy to drama and dance.
The festival theme for 2013 is Hysterical Histories, so there should be plenty of quirky and creative events over the fortnight. This year’s festival begins on 5th July with Peek Show, creating a Victorian peepshow circus. On the following days there will be willow workshops, a traditional farming day, steam punk costumes, castle building, lantern making, a sculpture trail, a Victorian photo booth, an evening of historical science and medicine and several processions.
Why not drop into the Vintage Tattoo Shop and design yourself a temporary tattoo? Or head to the Plain-an-Gwary (the medieval amphitheatre situated in the centre of St Just) for a spot of space hopper jousting? Or how about entering the Eccentric Knitwear competition?
Lafrowda Day (the third Saturday in July) takes place on 20th July and is marked with the closing of roads and the decorations going up. The day will be packed with music, processions, street acts, food and stalls.
More info: Visit www.lafrowda-festival.co.uk for more details and visit www.lafrowda-festival.co.uk/lafrowda_programme_2013 for the full programme of events.