May Heydays at Evesham:
News

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2022 Festival

Overview

Thanks to everyone who came to our first May Heydays!  As the festival director I'd like to state how relieved I am that we were finally able to try out our new location — and much improved venue!  It could not have happened of course without our lovely behind-the-scenes folkdance gurus: the bands, callers, sound crew, fellow staff and stewards — what would we do without you all!  We much appreciated the help given by the school, its staff and caterers.

I'd also like to thank everyone who gave feedback — not just on the Feedback page but also by email, letter and phone.  We are sifting through it all and will incorporate as much as possible into our plans for next year.

We are planning to open ticket sales for next year on October 1st.  Prices are set at those for the Friday — Monday festival originally planned for 2020.  To encourage dancers to book early we are reverting to an Early-Bird ticket option.  If you're on our mailing list, you will be informed.

This year's Dance-writing Competition was enjoyed by everyone who took part.  If you click on the link, you can see the dance descriptions (with links to the music) and the winners of the competition.

Mecki

Photos

Mike Tozer was very busy taking photos of everything!  See some of the results on the Links page.

Donations

After finally being able to have our first May Heydays at Evesham in 2022, we decided to ask for a collection from the dancers in aid of the bands we had booked for 2020 but had had to cancel.

We collected £451. Thank you to all those who contributed!

We topped up this fund with donations we had received in the wake of our two postponements.  This enabled us to pay our 2020 bands 30% of the fee they would have earned that year as a token of our gratitude for their continued support.  Where would festivals be without the goodwill of musicians?  Some of the bands declined our offer; their share was incorporated into the overall pay-out.

We hope that this small token lends a bit of a helping hand.

2023 Festival

Most of the Festival guests have now been booked — see the Performers page for details.

Dance-writing Competition

Following the success of the 2022 Competition we're now looking for a winning ContraSee the rules here.