May Heydays at Evesham:

2022 Festival

We will start planning for next year's festival in the autumn and will keep you updated on our plans as they take shape.  One innovation we may try is offering some concerts as maybe people won't want to dance all day long.  If you have any other suggestions for 2022's programme, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

Looking forward to the time when we can all meet again: Friday 29th April — Monday 2nd May 2022.

The May Heydays Team
Tel 01308 423 442

Dance-writing competition

We're planning an annual dance-writing competition, to be judged by the dancers at the festival, and this year we're looking for a Playford-style dance suitable for your average club.

See the rules here.  Closing date for submissions is Tuesday March 31st, so get writing!  Three well-known callers have already expressed an interest in writing something, but this could be your chance to show them that being well-known isn't what it's all about!

What's in a Name?

With the decision to move EIFF from Eastbourne, two main issues had to be resolved: where to move to, and what to name the relocated festival.

Having selected Evesham as the target town, retaining E.I.F.F. was a ready option, lending itself as well to retaining the logo by simple replacement of the lighthouse, with, for example, the bell tower, apple blossom, an asparagus stick…

This would have been an easy choice but perhaps a bit unadventurous.

It was Graham Knight who initially mentioned a USA event, Hey Days.  Adding May to that, to lengthen the rhyme and pick out the month, led us to May Heydays.

Checking use of similar names on-line we did find the Hey Days English Dance and Music Week organised by The Bay Area Country Dance Society of North California, and also modern HeyDay Festivals in Bucharest (2017 and 2018), these being three-day-long events of tribute rock bands.  That, and lots of Hay Festivals at Hay on Wye.

So, May Heydays became our preferred option, with the added commentary of '… at Evesham … The Folkdance Festival in the Vale'.

Welcome one and all to May Heydays:

We have every hope that, as with other festivals such as 'Sidmouth', Chippenham', 'Towersey', 'Lichfield', and 'Eastbourne' itself, it will quickly enter the lexicon as just 'Evesham'.

So, that's what's wrapped up in our new name………