As part of our policy to support local educational activities and encourage involvement in the Festival by younger generations, specially organised events and workshops are run during the Festival. Our Drama category includes Dance by the students of Rye Dance School and workshops in schools led by classical musicians, artists, actors and authors.
Our open day extravaganza this year featured tank battles (one-sixth scale models) fighting it out around the Gun Gardens, guerrilla knitting, how to become a successful writer and a tale of medieval intrigue in St Mary’s Church.
In the middle of the Festival Meurig Thomas, a music specialist from Wales, spent time in our local primary schools bringing them together to create a concert. and towards the end of the Festival we invited Saint Ronan’s Prep School musicians to provide an hour long extravaganza of sizzling strings, an orchestra and a jazz band together with solo and choir performances. and towards the end of the Festival Theatre Rotto brought Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale of Little Ida to the Community Centre in the form of a puppet show with musicians.
These initiatives build on a long-standing Festival tradition to incorporate events for young people in the programme. In past years, the festival has also been launched with colourful carnival parades of students from local Primary Schools and the Rye Academy Trust.