National culture: Notting Hill Carnival

The Carnival is located on the streets of west London.

  • 25th August – Time: 8pm to 11pm

Venue: Carnival Village, Tabernacle, Powis Square, off Portobello Rd, W11 2AY.

  • 26th August – Venue: Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park, Bosworth Road, W10 Entry: Free Time: 6pm to 10pm
  • 27th August – Procession begins and ends at Canal way, Ladbroke Grove W14 next to Sainsbury’s car park. Time: 6am to 9am.
  • 28th August – World Music Stage” at Powis Square. Time: 9am to 8:30pm

The art forms are Storytelling, poetry, political commentary, humour, music & Caribbean inspired artwork.

Festival type is outdoor and indoor depending on which parts of the festival you attend.

The age range between punters, according to a regular carnival goer, usually ranges between 17-35.

As the festival celebrates the culture of a different nation to its host country, it is automatically unique to the area. To be specific, the street parties, colours, outfits, music and the food are all Caribbean inspired, which is not the norm on the streets of West London.

The festival is a Caribbean inspired festival, and with it incorporating all types of art forms in Caribbean style, its USP is the niche all-Caribbean concept. It is the biggest Caribbean festival in the UK, with the other well-known ones

 

 

Religious = Spirit Fest UK

Location: CLOPHILL CENTRE, BEDFORDSHIRE.

Artform: It is a family-friendly festival with a large kid’s area, and strict regulations on no drugs or alcohol, described as a ‘gathering of the tribes to celebrate life and love through music, dance and art.’

In the day, there is a main outdoor stage, chai tent and a children and youth stage. In the evening, it is held in a concert hall and in the chai tent.

It is a ‘festival for all ages with Sacred Music, Dance and Art from all traditions.

What makes the festival (or cultural event) unique to the area? It is a gathering of a niche group of people who wish to connect with the earth through a series of festivities.

The USP is that it incorporates lots of different types of worship, in many different forms.

 

Ethnicity = Africa Oyé

‘The UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture takes place annually in Liverpool. Beginning in 1992 as a series of small gigs in the city centre, the event has gone from strength to strength, moving to its present Sefton Park (Mossley Hill Dr, Liverpool L17 1AJ) home in 2002 to cope with demand. Oyé seeks to… highlight the fantastic range of cultures, foods, music and artists that make this great continent one of the most vibrant and inspiring in the world.’

The average attendees is broad, however, it is aimed at 25-40.

It is unique to Liverpool as it celebrates a different country’s heritage entertainment forms. Their USP is that it is free – it is funded by the Arts Council England

 

Sexuality – London Pride

Location: annual Parade through the heart of the West End and the amazing two-week, city-wide Festival that precedes Pride weekend

The festival includes a big number of art forms, including parades, theatre, music, protests and artwork. It is situated both indoors and outdoors.

Attendees: Pride in London includes people of every race and faith, whether disabled or able-bodied, and all sexualities and genders including lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, queer, questioning, intersex, trans*, genderqueer, gender variant or non-binary as well as straight and cis allies.

The festival is) unique to the area as it gives a chance for LGBTQ people to be visible and speak loudly to the rest of the city about ‘what we have achieved, how far we have come and what is still needed.’ (Prideinlondon.org/who-we-are/)

 

Community: Glos-Tone-Beret

Location: Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham

Artform: Music

Festival type (indoor / outdoor): Indoor

Attendees: students, locals average aged 18-28.

What makes the festival (or cultural event) unique to the area? It is hosted by the community of UOG

What is the USP? You get to see a range of artists within one hectic weekend and 3 stages/areas within one small venue.

 

Arts: Edinburgh Fringe

Location: Approximately 300 venues

‘Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.’ (https://www.edfringe.com/experience/what-is-the-fringe-festival)

It is marketed for people of all ages, with such a wide variety of entertainment.

 

Music: Wychwood Festival

Located at Cheltenham Racecourse, outside, with a few covered, small tent stages.

It is a family-friendly festival, with people of all ages welcomed and targeted.

The festival is unique to Cheltenham due to its family orientated theme and its relationships to the surrounding community. For example, they have a good relationship with the University of Gloucestershire and encourage their artists to apply for a spot to play.

 

Heritage: Chalke Valley Festival

Location: Church Bottom, Bury Lane, Broad Chalke, Wiltshire, SP5 5DP

Artform: Educational lectures, actors, history merchants

Festival type (indoor/outdoor): Outdoors, spread across a section of farm fields.

Attendees: Mainly primary schools, children aged 6-12 and their parents.

The festival is unique to the area as it goes back in history and creates a miniature version of what life was like before our time.

What is the USP? It is the biggest child-based history festival in the south-west.

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