This festival was held in summer 2009 in the village of Betws where we are based. Despite the rain on the day, this was a real community celebration, with over 300 people enjoying the day and taking part in a range of activities.
We spent the day in a huge big top which we brought in for the festival and ran workshops and performances all day in dance, drama, music, film, visual arts and crafts, creating a magical, colourful and friendly atmosphere with all the participants and audiences from the village and local communities. At the end of the day we facilitated a procession around the field in the pouring rain, with drums, bells and singing, and carrying a huge fish and other models relating to the history of Betws that the children had made with us in our arts summerscheme in the village.
As well as Valley and Vale Community Arts’ Festival Arts tent, there was a whole range of activities on offer during the day, from old-fashioned arcade games, to wood carving, a hog roast, stalls, local dance performances, face painting and children’s activities put on by local people. This community day was organised by The Betws Communities First Partnership, an active local group working together for the benefit of the people of Betws. Everybody had a wonderful day and the rain certainly didn’t dampen this lively and successful fun-filled family festival.