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Folk Weekend: Oxford is a festival at the heart of the local community; during the third weekend in April every year we infiltrate the city of Oxford with more than 70 separate events, and at least a third of them are free for the public to attend. We work in partnership with charities supporting those who have disabilities and/or special educational needs, aiming to enable more people to access arts events where they previously may not have been able to. Our festival is run entirely by volunteers, and during the course of the event we have over 100 people volunteering for us in some capacity.

If you'd like to be a part of this in anyway, you will be in good company! Below are our current sponsors, partners, and supporters.

 

 Sponsors

 

Blackwell's Bookshop

Oxford's iconic bookshop hosts free concerts throughout the festival.

Bodleian Library

The mission of the Bodleian Libraries is to provide an excellent service to support the learning, teaching and research objectives of the University of Oxford; and to develop and maintain access to Oxford's unique collections for the benefit of scholarship and society. We're delighted to be working with them on a community singing project this year.

 

Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Garden was founded in 1621 with a mission To promote the furtherance of learning and to glorify nature. In the almost 400 years since then, we continue to educate as many people as possible about the importance of plants, to help conserve plants around the world and to support teaching and research at the University and beyond. For the first time in 2018, the Botanic Gardens will be host to Morris Dancers!

 

Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University has over 150 years of history. They started out as a small School of Art in borrowed teaching rooms and have grown into one of the UK's top modern universities with a local, national and international reputation for teaching and research excellence. We are delighted to work with Oxford Brookes, providing live events experience for their sound engineering students.

 

Daily Information

Daily Information has been in continuous publication since 1964. Their printed sheet, a brightly coloured A2 broadsheet, is displayed all around Oxford, and contains advertising about jobs, accommodation, events, services etc., plus as much free information as we can pack in - cinema, theatre, gigs and meetings listings; reviews, cartoons, and much more. We are very grateful to Daily Info for helping us to spread the word about our events.

 

Gary Gleghorn 

Gary is a photographer who has worked with us at Folk Weekend for the past four years.

 

Oxfolk

An Oxfolk ceilidh is a sociable and friendly night out, with live music, dancing, entertainment and a licensed bar. The original meaning of “ceilidh” is party and that’s exactly why people have brought their birthdays, family gatherings and even a hen night to Oxfolk. We have worked with our friends at Oxfolk since the start of Folk Weekend, and we are delighted to have them come onboard and help with the artistic programming of our social dance events.

 

Oxford Bus Company

Oxford Bus Company has kept the people of Oxford moving for the past 134 years. Our services now span the width and breadth of Oxford and take passengers to London, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. We're very grateful to Oxford Bus Company for their help in advertising our events.

 

Oxfordshire Community Fund

Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) is an independent charity that connects people who care with causes that matter. They inspire local philanthropy, and nurture community-based solutions to key social problems across Oxfordshire. We are delighted to be supported by OCF in our Inclusive Folk work.

 

SAE

One of the world’s leading creative media institutions, SAE builds on a proud tradition of exceptional post-secondary education spanning 54 campuses in 27 countries. Folk Weekend provides live event experience for their students during the festival.

 

St Aldates Tavern

Perfectly located just a stone’s throw from the high street in the heart of Oxford City Centre, St Aldates Tavern offers a great range of real ales and craft beers, plus an impressive choice of bottled beers, wines and spirits. Freshly cooked, homemade food is served every day. We are very happy to return to the cosy Blue Room for more events in 2018.

 

Story Museum

People love stories and they're a great way to learn; Folk Weekend are delighted to be back at the Story Museum, this time with Morris dancers in their courtyard!

 

The Westgate Library

We are delighted to be returning to the Westgate Library for FW2018, where we will hold free performances in the main and children's libraries, as well as workshops and lectures in their Make Space.

 

Youth Hostel Association

YHA Oxford is brilliantly located beside Oxford train station, on Botley Road close to the River Thames, and is just a short stroll into the heart of the city. It is a purpose built hostel with 203 beds. We are grateful to YHA Oxford for offering a discount to festival-goers over the weekend.

 

 

 Partners  

KEEN

KEEN is a registered charity and a joint organisation of Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University. We provide social, sporting and recreational activities for children and adults with special needs in the surrounding area.

 

Oxford Folk Club

Oxford Folk Club welcomes all folk performers and, of course, audiences, and have regulars who offer both traditional and also more contemporary material.

 

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Folky Fundraisers

We have a number folky fundraisers throughout the year - from Christmas Concerts and workshops to Family Ceilidhs. Supporting Folk Weekend whilst having a fabulous time - what could be better?!

Support Folk Weekend as you Shop!

An easy way of supporting Folk Weekend without costing you a penny! Once you have registered with Easyfundraising, every time you shop online a small donation will be made towards Folk Weekend by the participating retailers. If you ever needed an excuse to go shopping then here it is! Sign up with Easyfundraising now!

Morris at Folk Weekend

We are always delighted to welcome Morris dancers to Folk Weekend, who perform in the streets and at fantastic locations across the City centre including the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Ashmolean Museum. For more information, go to our Morris page.