Tuesday, July 01, 2008
If you have a young family and want to introduce them to the joy of festivals then look at the unique magic of the Buddhafield Festival! Undercurrents will have our cinema there showing you the best films.
Despite the name, this is not a religious festival- yes there are Buddhists floating about or meditating but vibe and the folk/world music is great. No booze makes a peaceful event and ideal for kids.
Contrary to rumour, there are still plenty of tickets. The festival will be taking
place from Weds 16th to Sun 20th July, on a beautiful new site a few miles from the
old one, secluded and peaceful, away from roads, with coppice woodland, and plenty
The Somserset site has good public transport links; nearest train and coach station is Taunton (direct trains from many towns); there are a couple of local buses each day from Taunton direct to the site. There are also special festival mini-buses going direct to the site and back from Bristol, Brighton and London (see website,
A sneak preview of some of this year's programme (all included in the ticket price!!):
Kids Area; AMAZING and varied range of activities for kids - trampolines, dressing
up, carnival processing, crafts, bushcraft and nature awareness, storytelling,
toddlers' space, daily theatre extravaganza; Teens Space.
Bands: Gadjo Club (superb Gypsy Balkan Jazz); Seize the Day (protest folk
stalwarts); Green Angels (upbeat Breton dance); Vogue Gyratory (Brighton faves, 7
piece funk-reggae); Manjinga 7; Toggy Mess (upbeat Irish folk); Manos Puestas
(super-spicy flamenco jazz);
Poetry: Inter-Ference; open mike poetry evening; Poetry slam;
Mr Be, mime, clown and acro, family show
'The Big Q' play written specially for Buddhafield! Stilted butterfly walkabout;
Marionettas giant puppets;
Dharma Parlour, talks and discussions on Buddhism, speakers from the Western
Buddhist Order and other traditions, including Christopher Titmuss. Meditation
teaching from Paramananda and others. Ceremonies and devotional practice.
Masses of great yoga, Tai Chi and Chi Gung. Healing Area, great range of alternative
therapies, pay by donation.
A variety of fantastic DJs, including Matt Black of Coldcut (Thurs pm)
Cinema: great programme of alternative films
Workshops including: Ecstatic Dance with Jewls; 5 Rhythms with Jo Hardy; Brazilian
Forro; Indian Classical Dance with yoga/visualisation; Shamanic Trance Dance with Zilia; many more dance workshops;'Soulful Singing'; 'Voice as Sacred Instrument'; Tibetan singing bowls; Tin whistle,
bodhran, drumming; daily Buddhafield Community Rhythm event; 'Work that Reconnects';
Transition Towns; big debate on Climate; Palestine Peace Campaign; Non-violent
Communication; Skilful Flirting; Heart-to-Heart tantric workshops; Green babycare on
a budget; Shamanic Journeying from Northern Drum;
Wildheart Medicine Wheel Space; Dzogchen and Big Mind teachings; bushcraft;
tracking; fire making; Sky gazing meditation.
'Artery'; carnival costume from found natural materials; creativity and poetry-writing;
12 Step Dome; Women's Space; Land and Permaculture; Radical Midwives Space for
pregnant women and new mothers; Queer Spirit Space; Network of Engaged Buddhists;
Saunas including Lost Horizon, featuring chillout space and cabaret
Wood-fired showers; compost toilets; all power on site from the sun and wind.
Cinema- undercurrents will be showing the best films.