Where: St Just, Cornwall
£: Free (but 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 the event 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.
This year’s festival fortnight, from 4th July to 19th July, promises plenty of fun-filled activities from a quiz night to dancing. There will be willow image-making, mummers, pop-up tattoo parlours and knitting for victory! The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Lights… Camera… Action’. Local businesses are already preparing for the Lafrowda shop window competition.
For Lafrowda Day on 19th July there will be processions of willow giants, two stages of live bands, street theatre, stalls and plenty of children’s activities in the Plen an Gwarry. Plen an Gwarry is a Cornish amphitheatre and is over six hundred years old. It is thought to be the oldest working outdoor theatre in Britain and is central to the Lafrowda celebrations. Lafrowda Festival organisers are hoping visitors will make an effort and go along in costume for the event.
On Lafrowda Day there will be a children’s procession at 12 noon, a community procession at 3.30pm and a lantern procession at 10pm.