July 13 2011

‘The Raven in the Trees’ – a family weekend of creativity and folklore

‘The Raven in the Trees’  Join Valley and Vale Community Arts for a family weekend filled with outdoor creativity and local folklore

Join Valley and Vale Community Arts for a family weekend filled with outdoor creativity and local folklore on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th August 10-5pm at Ecodysgu, Tondu, Bridgend

Valley and Vale Community Arts are very excited about a Summer project they have lined up this year. A number of their artists will be camping out in the woodlands at Ecodysgu, Tondu for the first weekend in August.

They are inviting up to 20 families to join them on both days (10-5pm) to retell the story of Bendegeidfran in a fun and exciting way for the whole family to enjoy. They will be making fires, creating puppets, building dens, organising a battle, celebrating a wedding and diving into a cauldron! Lynette Margerison, Forest Arts Worker with Valley and Vale, says “something really magic happens when the whole family get to play together in the woods. It really is an incredible experience- whatever the weather!”

The reason they are exploring the story of Bendegeidfran is shared by Drama Worker, Tracy Evans, “There is a good link between this story and Bridgend. Bendegeidfran was one of Wales’ greatest Kings. His body stretched across mountains to build bridges. He was wise and generous. He lead armies. His symbol is the raven. The raven is also the symbol of Bridgend”. Over the course of the weekend, one of the challenges for families is to search for the raven hidden in the trees.

Families can go along for one or two days. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and booking is essential. Cost is £10/£5 (unwaged) per family for the full weekend. Valley and Vale are delighted to be working in partnership with Ecodysgu on this project, whose delicious home-made food will be available from their café all weekend.

Please contact Valley and Vale Community Arts for further information or to book your place. Telephone 01656 729246 or email: [email protected]