What's On 2018

The Arts Tent at Barefoot Festival 2018

Barefoot gets creative in the Arts Tent

This year the Arts Tent Area will have a focus on up-cycling and reusing waste to create beautiful repurposed artworks from something old or unused.

Step into this magical space and be ready to release your inner creativity with the support our our fabulous team of artists. As part of our mission to reduce the waste at this years festival we will be creating a giant "Junky Dragon" with your help. Come down to the Arts Tent with your "clean" festival waste and together we will make this spiritual dragon come alive from your junk!

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Jen Johnson at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Jen Johnson will be managing the Arts Tent at this years Barefoot Festival. She is a freelance community artists with many years experience of running creative workshops across Leicestershire. Her passion is for up-cycling and helping to raise awareness of reusing waste and minimising the impact of waste upon our environment.

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Confirmed Workshops...

Fairy Jar Lanterns - Light-up lanterns embellished with natural foliage and plenty of sparkle.

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Crochet Flowers at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Learn to Crochet - Learn how to crochet funky flowers. You will leave with your own crochet hook and enough wool to finish off your project in your own time over the festival weekend.

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Weaving Words at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Woven Words - A creative written word workshop where you will explore language and poetry culminating in a collaborative word art display.

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Magical Henna at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Magical Henna - Learn the art of Henna! You will have the opportunity to create your own Henna designs with a magical, enchanted theme. Learn how to mix Henna paste and take your own Henna cone to practice during the festival.

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Junky Dragon - Over the festival weekend we will be constructing a Junky Dragon made up of all your festival waste. Bring your used coffee cups, plates and anything else you would like to recycle on the dragon. Our team of Arts Volunteers will assist you in this fiery creation.

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Carnival Kantha Masks - Brightly coloured fabric carnival masks embellished with Kantha stitch, sequins and beads, all ready for the Carnival Parade.

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Les's Musical Mayhem - A crazy musical workshop involving hundreds of musical instruments collected from around the world.

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Chad at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Sacred Geometry 101 - All day drop-in looking at the sacred forms and how the male and female principle come together to create symbols.

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Thai Wrap Trousers - A drop-in workshop where you will learn to use hand-cranked sewing machines to make traditional Thai wrap or low-crotch harem pants.

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Yellow Submarine / D'Ukes of Rutland - A ukulele workshop suitable for everyone! Learn a couple of chords and by the end of the weekend, with help from the D'Ukes of Rutland you will be celebrating the 50 year anniversary of Yellow Submarine by playing a simplified version. Bring your own Uke or we can provide one.

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Pasties / Burlesque Twirling Tassels - Make your own pair of dazzling, gem covered pasties with Talulah Blue.

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Musical Bracelets - Learn knotting techniques to create your own wrist and ankle bracelets with a twist…these will have bells on so you can make music while you dance!

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Wild Fermentation - Introduction to the world of fermentation, which can support a healthy gut and a sound mind and body. Hands-on workshop making your own ferment and tasters of kefir, kombucha and sauerkraut. By Wild Pickle.

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Friendship Bracelets - Choose from 6 types of Friendship Bracelets to create your own unique colourful bracelet to wear yourself or to give to someone special!

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Carnival Sunglasses - Come and decorate sunglasses with feathers, sequins and beads to give yourself a larger-than-life carnival experience. Sunglasses provided!

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Festival Felted Hairpins - Learn how to create 3D Festival Hairpins using the art of Needle Felting. All materials provided.

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Wire Weaving Jewellery - A great introduction to wire-weaving. Come and create pendants and necklaces using colourful wire and upcycled T-shirt yarn.

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Carnival T-Shirts - Turn a classic T-shirt into something for the carnival!

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Magical Henna at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Jellyfish Hoops - Come and create colourful jellyfish hoops using upcycled fabrics and materials. You will weave around a hoop and create jellyfish tentacles from materials. Non-stinging!

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Chad at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Mendala - All day drop-in looking at various techniques on the basis of how to draw mandalas as well as using tricks and patterns to make your mandalas look amazing.

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Mermaid Bras and Crowns - Under-the-sea themed workshop, learning how to make your own mermaid bra and sea crown.

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Seaside Wind Catchers - Fabric wind catchers with a seaside theme. Hang them outside your tents and caravans!

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Giant Mermaid Flags - Create your own giant flag which you will embellish with buttons, sequins and ribbons to make a mermaid’s tail. Great to hang outside your tent or vehicle.

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Willow Weaving - Fish - Make a willow fish using traditional weaving techniques as well as freestyle weaving in this 2-hour fun and instructive workshop. We will be using natural, fresh willow.

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T-Shirt Tote Bags - Learn how to turn an old T-shirt into something new without a sewing machine! You will be given a tie-dyed T-shirt and will learn how to up-cycle it into a tote bag to put your festival goodies in!

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Up-Cycled Fabric Twine - Come and make balls of twine using old fabrics. This twine can then be used for loads of your creative projects, such as knitting, weaving and jewellery making.

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Macrame at Barefoot Festival™ 2018

Macrame - Make a Macrame potholder using simple knotting techniques - £1.50 pp all materials included.

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