When: 6th – 8th April 2018
Where: Settle, Yorkshire
£: Ticket prices vary, depending on the event. Some events are free
What is it?
The 7th Settle Stories Festival will be taking place in the Yorkshire Dales market town, from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th April, with more than 70 events for people of all ages.
Visitors can expect plenty of quirky happenings including a large inflatable whale, the world’s first listening gallery in an old BT phone box, video goggle performances, a story walk and candlelit ghost walks.
This year’s festival will give visitors the chance to explore how technology can enhance the oldest of traditions, storytelling. The Yorkshire Dales might be the last place you’d expect pioneering digital artists to be, however, the Settle Stories Festival will be welcoming international artists to their rural idyll.
Visitors can enjoy IL PIXEL ROSSO with their immersive performance And the Birds Fell From the Sky; experienced wearing video goggles with just one other person. The piece is a joyride from the inside of your head all the way to the edge of civilisation.
One of the highlights will be Wi-Fi Wars, a record-breaking live comedy game show where the audience play along on their smartphone, hosted by comedian Steve McNeil (team captain on Dara O Brian’s Go 8 Bit).
On Friday, Proto-Type Theatre will present A Machine they’re Secretly Building. Using film, music and sound, this political piece charts a course from the Top Secrets of WWI intelligence through to 9/11, the erosion of privacy, Edward Snowden and the terror of a future that might already be upon us.
The world’s first Listening Gallery in a phone box will launch at the festival. Settle Stories have adopted an old phone box from BT and turned it into a permanent home for audio exhibitions. Drop in to the Listening Gallery over the weekend and hear My Favourite Doll.
There’ll also be the chance to travel around the world through poetry in an artistic caravan with Karvan, hunt around Settle with a Geocaching Tale Trail, enjoy cake in the Dungeons and Dragons themed festival cafe, or take part in a clowning workshop.
This year’s festival also has plenty of events for young audiences. The highlight will be Circo Rum Ba Ba who are bringing a 50ft inflatable whale that will sit in the Marketplace. Audiences will be able to enter through the mouth and experience interactive storytelling.
There’ll also be the festival premiere of The Queen & the Jester performed by Ursula Holden Gill and Keith Donnelly, a Teddy Bear’s Picnic, and a Candlelit Ghost Walk to enjoy, as well as The Hip Hop Griot with Alim Kamara from Sierra Leone who’ll be lighting up the stage with rhythmical storytelling and hip hop.
More info: settlestories.org.uk/festival