Folk Arts Oxford aims to promote folk and traditional dance, music and song in the Oxfordshire region. In particular we are interested in improving access for those who might face barriers to participation in the arts.

Through our funded project work: children in Headington have learned about local lad William Kimber, and the musical legacy he has left; a new band called Iris has been formed, who accompany all their songs with Makaton signing; children from mainstream and special schools in Oxfordshire have the chance to create music together, and perform on the main stage at Folk Weekend: Oxford.

Alongside our own projects and events, FAO works collaboratively with other local organisations, forging links and creating opportunities for folk artists to work in education and community projects, as well as showcase their talent in local events. 

The children from Wood Farm were really excited to discover that Kimber was born in a cottage only a couple of minutes walk from their school. They were also fascinated by the fact that he was a builder, and built houses for himself to live in as well as for others.

Here is a map they created to show the important landmarks in the story of Bill Kimber. Click the rectangular icon at the top right to view full screen.