The Greencrafts Village – hands-on learning at its best
Back by popular demand, 2016’s an exciting year for The Greencrafts Village at Glastonbury. A unique ‘must do’ festival experience, the village’s friendly, vibrant energy is infectious, and it’s one of the best places on the planet to learn traditional craft and environmental skill-share, in a party atmosphere.
The organisers Nic & Marie Piper have been booking some of the best UK/European talent, who’ll bring beautiful workshop shelters set amongst gorgeous sculptures and scented gardens. There’s is a massive range of different workshops for you to join. You can make something beautiful to take home, or try learning a new skill. We’ll add a full list nearer the time, but here’s a taster of what you can make: silver jewellery, wooden plates, textile broaches, stone sculpture, pottery bowls and loads more. There’s also loads of seating for relaxing and watching loads of on-going demos like carving wood and stone or even banding a cart wheel.
As well as all the practical action, the Greencrafts Village bridges trad craft with contemporary living and thinking, asking:
– What does greencraft practice offer to our conversations about ethics and sustainability?
– How does it contribute to our environment’s stability? What difference can it make?
– Has craft shifted from a survival response utilising materials available locally, to being an indicator of our cultural environment?
Come and be a part of the conversation of doing. Learn a new skill. Try new thinking, working and living.
The Greencrafts Villlage is one of the first fields open on-site: Wednesday at 10am. Then daily 10am ’till 6pm. Each morning there’s a 10am ‘Happy Hour’ where all activities are free. For workshops, there’s a small charge for materials to take home what you have made, or you can ‘have a go’ for free. All workshops are aimed at beginners and bookings are made direct with each craft group mainly on a drop-by basis. The field is family friendly and accompanied kids are welcome to take part in many of the activities.
Check back here nearer the time for a full listing of what’s on offer.
Nic & Marie