Weorgoran Pavilion Festival: 10 days of FREE family fun!

Ten days of art, food, drink, music, dance, workshops and poetry is coming to Worcester this June.

 

FESTIVAL BY THE RIVER

15-24 June

 

South Quay, Worcester (WR1 2JN)

The Weorgoran Pavilion will be popping up next to the riverside fountain in South Quay Worcester, as part of The Ring arts programme, which is running throughout spring and summer to celebrate the county’s rivers and canals.

The Weorgoran Pavillion is the creation of award-winning art, architecture and design studio NEON. They have teamed up with company Shimmerwalls to create an amazing stage especially for the Festival, a sculptural pavilion that takes its inspiration from the ancient origin of the name Worcester as “the people of the winding river”.

The Weorgoran Pavilion will offer an immersive experience for all that visit it, particularly in combination with a commissioned soundscape, Shire Skies, by acclaimed Ledbury-born musician and beatboxer Dave Crowe that will play at selected times throughout the 10 days.

Dave Crowe will also be headlining the Festival’s launch night on Friday, 15 June, featuring performances with Worcester Young Voices Choir and his band Stranger Faces. Acts including Shelley Eva Haden (dance) and Julia Palmer-Price (cello), will also be on the bill, with everything kicking-off from 6pm.

The Pavillion will then host a fabulous feast of entertainment with premier acts K.O.G (LIVE), Hotsteppas, Clik Clik Collective, Holly Holden, Snazzback, Matuki and The Brass Funkeys entertaining the crowds in the evenings; all for free. During the day there’s everything from storytelling with Cat Weatherill to Drum Love workshops and RSVP Bhangra, with displays and workshops galore from local talents including the brilliant Dancefest.

Check out our Events pages for the full programme, map and information about all the acts (download the schedule as a PDF here). Do sign up to our e-news and follow us on social media for updates.

Cathy Mager, artistic director of The Ring, says: “We’re are so excited that the festival is finally here and we’ll be seeing incredible artists from across the region including many of Worcestershire’s talented resident artists. The Weorgoran Pavilion by NEON is an ambitious and beautiful design and will host a huge array of workshops, arts and music. We’re delighted to have been able to work with them and see their creation come to life. That someone as renowned as Dave Crowe is headlining the launch is amazing, he’s one of those artists that can blow you away with his performances.

“There’s so much happening over the 10 days, it’s free and there should be something for all ages. So if you out and about in the city or looking for some culture, pay the Weorgoran Pavilion a visit at South Quay.”

All workshops are completely free of charge. Workshop spaces are limited, please book via the Eventbrite links on our website’s Events pages.

Thanks to our event sponsor, makers of outdoor leisure equipment, OLPRO.

The work is part of The Ring, an arts programme and cultural first for Worcestershire that celebrates the region’s canals and rivers. The project, run by the Canal & River Trust – the charity that cares for the nation’s waterways – will see a series of new commissions created by local and internationally celebrated artists in response to the 21 miles of waterways encircling Droitwich and Worcester, namely the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, the Droitwich Canals and the River Severn.