Recent Events

Some events during the past twelve months...

 

Lowender Peran

Lowender Peran

Our annual trip to Cornwall's Celtic festival, Lowender Peran, was an event that we once again thoroughly enjoyed. The festival took place in Newquay, 2nd - 5th November. The change of venue to Hotel Bristol proved very popular, and this is where the festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year.

Hevva danced in the Celtic Spectacular on the Friday evening, and at various pub venues around Newquay on the Saturday and Sunday.

Photo: Lowender Peran
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School workshops

On 27th September we visited St. Mary's C of E School in Truro to give dance workshops to the Reception Class and Years 1 and 2. These proved very successful, with the pupils ending up dancing some Cornish dances extremely well, and also learning some of the history both of the dances and our costume. Particularly popular was the opportunity to try on bits and pieces of the costume! This was a very rewarding morning for us, and we were pleasantly surprised also to hear ourselves being greeted in Cornish - well done St. Mary's!

Celtic Congress Fair

Celtic Congress Fair

The fair, in the west Cornwall village of Leedstown, was a fundraising event for the Cornish branch of the Celtic Congress. Hevva entertained the visitors with a dance display during the afternoon.

The Celtic Congress Cornwall web site is at www.celticcongresscornwall.co.uk

 

Newlyn Fish Festival

Newlyn Fish Festival

On 28th August, Late Summer Bank Holiday Monday, we were appearing in the sunshine at Newlyn Fish Festival in west Cornwall. This festival, now in its 28th year, is hugely popular with locals and tourists alike, and offers an enormous range of interest and entertainment relating to the sea, seafood and fishing, raising money for the Fishermen's Mission at the same time.
Hevva were dancing on the Busker's Corner stage on Mary Williams Pier during the afternoon, where large crowds were enjoying the sunshine and all that the festival had to offer.

The festival web site is at www.newlynfishfestival.org.uk
Festival Interceltique Lorient

Festival interceltique Lorient

2017 is Hevva's 10th year in its present incarnation, and what a year it's proving to be! Following on from our trip to Martinique in June, we were honoured to be representing Cornwall in early August at the Festival Interceltique Lorient in Brittany. With 700,000 visitors each year, this is the largest interceltic festival in the world, and we thoroughly enjoyed every moment of our busy ten days there.
We were privileged to have playing with us our good friends Stu and Jamie, of MacQuarrie and Toms fame, who also put on some great performances under their own name. In fact so good were the Cornish groups this year, MacQuarrie and Toms, The Grenaways, The Swaggers and Rowan Tree - and dare it be said, Hevva? - that the Cornish/Manx stage was the go-to venue on the quayside at night.

Folk on the Farm ceili

Folk on the Farm

The mid-Cornwall village of St. Stephen holds regular Folk on the Farm events, and on 29th July we were there to perform a ceili in aid of Children's Hospice Southwest, a charity we were pleased to support. The event was held in one of the farm barns, where the owners also laid on a wonderful array of food and drink, including a hog roast and home made cakes and desserts - wonderful! A lovely evening.

You can find out more about Children's Hospice southwest at www.chsw.org.uk.
Martinique

Martinique

Our longest trip to date took us to the Caribbean, to Ville du François in Martinique. We were there to perform in the island's Quadrille Dance and Music Festival, and what an amazing experience it was! The islanders are wonderful people, and made us so welcome. Our hosts made sure that we enjoyed ourselves not only at the festival, but also with a fascinating trip to a rum factory and a day out by boat for a swim on a reef followed by a delicious beach barbecue.
We have returned with so many great memories to look back on.

Royal Cornwall Show

Royal Cornwall Show

The Royal Cornwall Show hosts the Cornwall Festival of Dance, and Hevva were there on the show Saturday, 10th June, to perform during the day, with spots in the morning and afternoon. this has become quite a regular event for us, and something we look forward to each year.

Lanlivery Feast Week ceili

Lanlivery Feast Week

On 12th May we paid a visit to Lanlivery to perform a ceili for the village's Feast Week. The unusual venue was the lovely setting of Lanlivery Parish Church, where we were relieved to discover the pews are moveable! With a very lively set of dancers of all ages, this was a boisterous and fun event that kept our caller on his toes all evening!

Nos Dons Kernewek

Nos Dons Kernewek

The Cornish Dance Society decided to change the format of its annual Day of Dance this year, and instead ran an evening of Cornish dance - Nos Dons Kernewek. This proved to be very popular. The event was held at Porthtowan Village Hall on 5th May, with a ceili provided by musicians and callers from the various Cornish dance groups, and each group performing a short floor spot during the evening.

Pennseythen Gernewek

Pennseythen Gernewek

We were delighted to be asked by Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek once more to perform a bilingual ceili at its annual Cornish Language Weekend. The event took place in Newquay on 8th April, where we played to a full floor of Cornish speakers and learners, and also displayed a few dances. Cornish culture at its best!

The Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek web site is at www.cornish-language.org.
Cwlwm Celtaidd

Cwlwm Celtaidd

Our first festival of the year was a return visit to Porthcawl, Wales, over the weekend 10th - 12th March for Cwlwm Celtaidd. This was a full weekend, with school visits, stage performances, a workshop and street dancing, but hugely enjoyable.

The festival web site can be found at www.cwlwmceltaidd.org.

 

Photo: Eiry Palfrey
The Grove, St. Austell

The Grove, St. Austell

On a cold February afternoon, Saturday 11th, we enjoyed the warm hospitality of The Grove care home in St. Austell, where we entertained the residents with a display of dances, music, a costume presentation and a talk about the origins of the dances we were performing.

 

Portscatho OCS

St. Gerrans and Portscatho Old Cornwall Society

A very pleasant outing to the Roseland in Cornwall to end the year. We were invited to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the St. Gerrans and Portscatho Old Cornwall Society at Gerrans on December 14th.  We displayed a variety of dances, talked about their history, and gave a costume presentation.  After which, society members joined in a couple of dances to round off the evening.

 
Lowender Peran
Photo: Cheryl Hicks

Lowender Peran

We had a very enjoyable Lowender Peran festival.  Held for the second year at Newquay, 2nd - 6th November, we performed on the Sunday at a Cultural Expo event, and later the same day we gave a Cornish dance workshop.
This was the first outing with us for several of our newer members, who are already looking forward to next year's festival!

The Lowender Peran web site is at www.lowenderperan.co.uk

 

 

 

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