The theme for 2021 is Witness Waters, so you can expect lots of water-y themed activities and performances.
This year we have received support from Arts Council England to commission 3 original arts projects for the event, all exploring the idea of water as witness in some way:
Aquatic Sound Garden
Sound artist Dan Fox (https://www.danfox.net) will invite attendees to listen in on the secret sounds of the underwater world.
Ever wondered what it sounds like under the water under the ice or the bottom of a lake or inside a canal? Now is your chance!
The sound garden will feature a range of watery soundscapes from around the world-as well as give visitors a chance to listen in to live to the underwater world of the canal using a hydrophone.
The Garden is in ‘The triangle’ next to Etruria Industrial Museum and will be open 11am-5pm both days.
Image: shows Dan Fox at the 2019 Etruria Canals Festival with his Solar Cymatics Sound Lab, Photo Credit: Natalie Willatt.
Boats meet Bollywood! Sunday Only (and online)
Bollywood dance artist Parul Gupta will lead drop in Bollywood Dance workshops. Drop in to learn a simple water themed routine at the following times on Sunday 11th July:
Workshops and activities
Nimble Fingers and The Boat Group Canal Crafts and Traditional Games
Free drop in-by the bridge 11-5pm daily
Pop in to see Nimble Fingers to have a go at some weaving (household kits available) or chase the giant bubbles.
Etruria Artist’s — Make a Clay coil pot
Drop in session 11-5pm
Pick up some clay from Etruria Artists and they’ll show you how to make a coil pot…
Have a go at the Canowl trail, pick up a trail and spot the 12 owls nesting in different places around the site. Pick up the form from the information gazebo at the foot of the white bridge to win your own mini owl!
Exhibitors and Demonstrations
Majestic Owls will be bringing 10 of their beautiful birds to show
Sculpted Steel (http://sculptedsteel.co.uk) Award winning blacksmith Charis Jones from Sculpted Steel will be doing demonstrations in the on-site forge.
Visitors will have a chance to come aboard historic boats Keppel and Swift
Stoke-On-Trent’s very own performance duo Scratch and Sniff will be out and about offering alternative guides of the site along with the wonderful Tomorrow’s Garden Performers Group. Around site 11-5pm daily. Look out for some watery antics!
On Saturday 10th July listen out for the Boat Band who will be roving around site between 1-4pm. The Boat Band regularly play for sea, river, canal and lake festivals throughout the UK and beyond. They have also played seventeen times at Glastonbury Festival, where there no waterways but often a great deal of very wet mud. They have played many times at Etruria before, and are looking forward immensely to doing so again. (Image Credit: Duncan Bourne)
Food and Drink
Lymestone Brewery will be running the bar tent throughout the festival and a range of hot food will be available on site including Thai, BBQ, candy floss and ice cream.
There will be of stalls selling artisan crafts, gifts, and toys as well as a number of charity and information stands