New Festival In East London Brings Traditional Skills To Life

07 May

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This June, older people’s charity, the Royal Voluntary Service is holding GrandFest, a new one day festival celebrating the skills older people possess.

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NEW FESTIVAL IN EAST LONDON BRINGS TRADITIONAL SKILLS TO LIFE

The festival is being organised by older people’s charity, the Royal Voluntary Service, which supports and enriches the lives of older people with a range of services from Good Neighbours, Community Transport and Books on Wheels to more interactive services such as Knit and Natter and Men in the Workshop.

GrandFest will see the nine talented GrandMakers running 25 free masterclasses between them in their specialist skills in shops, cafes and bars in and around the Hoxton Square hub.

The venues are: Geffrye Museum, Pitfield Café, Paper Dress Vintage, Summer with Monika, The Jones Family Project, The Barley Mow and ISTD dance studio.

Booking is now taking place for the master classes on skills include Crochet, Preserve Making, Bread Making and Sequence Dancing. As well as learning age old skills, there will be an opportunity to meet the ‘GrandMakers’ who include:

·         Maureen, 74, West Midlands – Soft Furnishing

·         Clive, 75, Wales – Bread Making

·         Celia, 71, West Sussex – Crochet

·         Arthur, 70, Surrey, Wood Turning

·         Rae, 74, Stirlingshire, Preserve Making

·         George, 74, Staffordshire, Home Brewing

·         Jean, 81, Inverness, Flower Arranging

·         Shirley, 77, Cheshire, Sequence Dancing

The festival is also being supported by our Celebrity GrandMaker Diarmuid Gavin, Ireland, who will be hosting a gardening masterclass on the day.

Listings information:

GRANDFEST 2015

DATE: Saturday 13 June 2015

FESTIVAL HUB: Hoxton Square, London, N1 and various venues throughout Hoxton

NEAREST UNDERGROUND STATION: Old Street

TICKETS: GrandFest is free *suggested donation to Royal Voluntary Service of £5 to take part 

BOOKING MASTER CLASSES: via the web – 

www.grandfest.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

**Attendees to the home brewing master class must be over the age of 18**

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