There’s an extraordinary new festival returning for a second outing in 20198 with a heady mix of music, art and sustainability coming together to celebrate how brilliant forests are for both our personal and societal wellbeing.
Timber Festival is on the Derbyshire and Leicestershire border and we are more than a bit excited by this weekend escape and cracking line up of experiences, artists and thinkers.
There’s no news on what’s happening in 2019, but here’s our preview of the 2018 edition.
There are arboreal antics galore across a 70 acre woodland site, with the festival being created by the National Forest Company (responsible for creating the National Forest, one of Britain’s boldest environmental projects and the first forest to be created at scale in England for over 1000 years, transforming a landscape left scarred and derelict by the closure of the Midlands coalfield) and Wild Rumpus (award-winning producers of the Just So Festival).
Highlights include the English festival premiere of Tree and Wood, a new interactive performance and series of installations exploring our relationship with trees for our past and present survival by leading artist Jony Easterby (renowned for recent immersive sound and light work For The Birds) alongside a team of international artists, musicicians, performers and foresters. There’s also the chance to marvel at the greenfield festival premiere of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon (an incredible seven metre moon sculpture featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and sound by BAFTA award winning composer Dan Jones) and to discover what it’s like to be an animal in the forest in Marshmallow Laser Feast’s award-winning immersive virtual reality experience In The Eyes of the Animal.
A stellar line up of authors and broadcasters includes authors Robert Macfarlane, Jonathan Drori and Stuart Maconie, poets Karen McCarthy Woolf, Paul Farley, BBC Radio 3 and 6 Music broadcaster Elizabeth Alker and spoken word extraordinaire Polarbear.
Live music across three stages and around the campfire includes headliners This Is The Kit, Jane Weaver and Hope & Social, together with over 40 other live acts including award-winning singer, songwriter, Ewan McLennan and dreamy electro-pop from Alice Jemima. A cinema programme meanwhile presents glorious forest films when night falls including Moonrise Kingdom, Pans Labyrinth, Into the Woods, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Princess Monokoke.
We love that festivalgoers senses will be heightened at Comedy In The Dark with Leicester Comedy Festival, and also by experiencing the forest at different times of day with dawn runs and midnight secret gigs promised too.
Add to this mix a Masked Ball, Fire Garden, storytelling, aerial acrobatics in the trees, eco-spa from Bathing Under The Sky, woodland library, maze and extensive natural wellbeing programme including yoga, Forest Bathing, feasting and foraging …. Timber Festival promises more woodland wonder than you can shake a stick at.