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Cambridge Folk Festival at Home 2020 to feature full programme of events

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Fatoumata Diawara. Picture Aida Muluneh
Fatoumata Diawara. Picture Aida Muluneh

Cambridge Folk Festival at Home 2020 will replace the void in the calendar created by this summer’s cancelled event.

A range of special entertainment and activities will run from Thursday, July 30 to Sunday, August 2, the scheduled dates of the Folk Festival.

It will include a mix of exclusive video content from artists, social media opportunities for audience interaction, and Cambridge-curated playlists which can be streamed online.

BBC folk singer of the year Bella Hardy will lead the Cambridge Folk Festival virtual choir, Songlines Magazine editor Jo Frost will be in conversation with Fatoumata Diawara, there will be an environmentalism talk from folk singer Sam Lee, a storytelling workshop with professional storyteller Alex Ultradish and a movement workshop created by Debbie Norris, who choreographed the folk ballet The Sisters of Elva Hill which premiered at the 2019 festival, and yoga sessions.

Further talks and workshops will be announced in July.

“The Folk Festival has been a highlight of Cambridge’s summer calendar every year since 1965,” said Cllr Anna Smith, executive councillor for communities at Cambridge City Council.

“I know folkies will be missing the chance to gather at Cherry Hinton Hall to make and hear amazing music.

“We want to do what we can to bring the festival into people’s homes, and I look forward to enjoying the programme.”

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