Colour and Costume
As a FolkEast first timer, one of the things that struck me as to what makes this festival unique was the colour and costume.
Everything is so bright and joyful – which seems to rub off on the crowds too. If you start with the obvious of the logo and flags itself, this has become somewhat iconic. Especially among regulars to the Festival, many of whom are wearing their t-shirts of previous years with pride!
As well as that, you get the quirkiness of the decorated tree upon arrival which lets passers-by know we are here!
If you take a wander around the grounds there’s bound to be something that catches your eye – whether it be our purple infused Grapevine tent.
The wartime feel that comes from the Kinodrome tent. The stunning sculptures, that anyone can play with and admire. To the bursting with colours of the rainbow Social Knitworks tent.
Similar to that, there is also great joy in the unique attire. Festivals are a place where you can truly be yourself and fully self-expressive, and mix with likeminded people. There’s definitely a lot of that around here.
As I wandered round I’ve seen Morris Dancers in their full-gear, making themselves known as they wander round – like Pretty Grim (who were sporting colours similar to ours). Performers in their stage wear – like Tilly Dalgish in her famed flower crown. There’s brightly coloured hair and dreadlocks. Plus the standard festival gear, and the essentials of the wellies! It’s lovely to see so many free spirits, forgetting their daily routines as they muck into their weekend in a field with great music and good food and drink.
Finally, the main point of this article being that even on day one, the colours are bright and the spirits are high! It seems that all is in good stead for a cracking weekend with the most Easterly Folk festival…