An exciting showcase conference from our partners at the EFDSS




Our partners at the EFDSS are hosting a National Showcase conference on Wednesday 25 June which brings together all projects involved in The Full English learning programme.

It promises to be an inspirational day of performances, presentations and discussion celebrating high quality folk arts projects in school - the largest-scale event of its kind to have been hosted in recent history in England.

What can you expect?

The day will include:

  • Performances from primary and secondary school groups, showcasing their work developed during creative learning projects based on The Full English digital archive
  • Speakers to explore the inspiration that lies in our heritage and traditions and show how and why this is relevant and vital to creative work with schools and communities
  • Networking opportunities to discuss and share experiences, ideas and approaches for working with intangible cultural heritage
  • Introduction to online resources for teachers and artists to use and develop in their school and community work

The main feature of the day will be vibrant performances featuring hundreds of children and young people showcasing their creative work with diverse folk art forms:

          Dance: morris, ceilidh, sword, clog, molly, broom
          Song: ballads, shanties, chorus songs…
          Music: reels, polkas, jigs, hornpipes…
          Drama: stories, tales, folklore…

Speakers and presenters confirmed so far

Eliza Carthy
Leading, boundary-crossing folk musician and EFDSS Vice President.

Dr Alison Daubney
Teaching Fellow and Music Teacher Trainer, University of Sussex, and respected freelance music education consultant.

Ben Stephenson
Head Teacher, Marton Primary School, Lincolnshire

Bobak Walker
Dance Artist and Choreographer (including The Lock In)

David Agnew
Director, The Met, Bury

Compere for showcase performances: Debs Newbold
Exuberant performance storyteller with a growing national and international reputation. 

More information on the programme, including speakers and presenters, will be announced soon!


  • Early Bird rate (available until 6 June): £40
  • Full rate (from 7 June): £60

Ticket price include all refreshments, lunch and drinks reception.

For more information, visit the events section of our website. 

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