The first Epping Forest District Council Festival of Culture kicks off this month.
It runs until 17 April and provides a platform for diverse, community led cultural activities across the district.
Events during the coming months encompass a photography competition, music, drama, dance, art, crafts, history, horticulture and much more. There’s even a Funky Fruit Art Wildlife Workshop for the youngsters.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition cancelled
The focus for the festival was to have been the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition scheduled to take place at Epping Forest District Museum between January and April.
Coronavirus and lockdown forced its cancellation, but a decision was taken to go ahead with other elements of the festival.
The first event is Wildlife of Copped Hall and Surrounding Areas by Dr Peter Warne. It takes place on Thursday 28 January at 7pm via Zoom.
Peter is a retired biologist who has found new purpose in tracking the flora and fauna of the area and recording their presence with his photographs which have on several occasions been commended at county and national level. These photographs will form the visual background to his talk.
This event is part of an online wildlife talk series being hosted by Epping Forest District Museum.
Bookings for this and other talks and activities can be made online via Bookinglive:
Celebrate the diverse cultural life of the district
Cllr Holly Whitbread, Cabinet Member for Housing and Community said:
Coronavirus has brought unprecedented challenges to our community, and this festival will allow us to celebrate and showcase the diverse cultural life of the district and hopefully help organisations get back on their feet.
Get your group involved
Any local and community groups and individuals involved in activities such as drama, dance, art, crafts, history, horticulture, wildlife within the Epping Forest district are invited to host an event as a platform to raise awareness of their activities. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festival of Culture programme
To find out more about the Festival of Culture programme please visit the Festival of Culture website which will be continually updated with events as organisations finalise their alternative activities in response to coronavirus restrictions.
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