Engage Festival of Culture is back

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By Trucks79 | Saturday, July 07, 2012, 15:58

From drumming workshops to world cuisine, South Gloucestershire Council's Festival of Culture called 'Engage' is back for another year – on Saturday 7th July.

The free event for the whole family offers a chance to discover and experience new cultures, food and music from around the globe and above all, a chance to let your hair down and have some fun.

So whether you're looking for a fantastic day out for the whole family to enjoy or you have a special interest in culture, the arts and your local community, the Engage Festival of Culture won't disappoint.

The fun starts at 10am with a spectacular opening ceremony led by TV's Sherrie Eugene-Hart which takes place at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College's WISE Campus, BS34 8LP (Next to Abbeywood Community School). A full programme is attached detailing all the fun events which run until 4.30pm.

The festival is organised in the style of an Olympic-village with themed areas including a stage showcasing music and theatre, storytelling and workshops, a food village and there is even an area featuring chainsaw carving with a local sculptor.

Here's your guide to what's on where:

■ The green village – outside the main entrance

Come and see local chainsaw artist, Andy O'Neill, create a stunning sculpture from a large piece of oak. take inspiration from Andy to make your own wooden pencil or bird box.

Look the part on the day by weaving your own laurel wreath or making your own colourful crown. At the green village you can also learn about local wildlife and the best places to spot them.

■ Olympus theatre stage

The main stage hosts performances including music, dance and drama from India, China, Africa,

South America and Europe.

■ Activity village – storytelling and workshops

The festival is not just about watching others in action, but having a go yourself. Join us for workshops or listen to stories from around the world.

■ The youth village – outside area

This area is dedicated to young people aged between 11 and 25-years-old.

The programme has been put on with families and children in mind so most activities are suitable

for all ages.

■ The food village

This is the place to discover different cookery and flavours from around the world, with an emphasis on healthy eating. Catch a cookery demonstration, displays and helpful information on where to shop for locally produced food.

■ Lifecycle's Dr Bike

Dr Bike will be on hand to diagnose your biking woes and carry out free minor repairs to your bike to help you get the most out of cycling. Simply bring your bike along to the Dr Bike marquee between 10.30am and 2.30pm.


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