Everything You Need To Know About The Faerie Festival
Each and every year, Pleasant Rise Farm in Alfriston, East Sussex hosts the annual Faerie Festival. Founded by Matthew Callow back in 2012, Faerie Festival is one of two festivals that fall under the Magical Festival brand, with the other being Goddess Festival. Both of these festivals attract whimsical and wonderful guests from all around the world each year, and continue to move from strength to strength. Speaking about his choice to found Magical Festivals, Callow states: “I have a huge passion for nature and a love for animals – I want to share this with others. There is a lot of sadness in the world and I want to use my events and magazine to help bring people inspiration and ideas of upliftment.” As far as UK festivals go, Faerie Festival certainly sounds like the happiest and most magical, so we thought we’d take a look at what it’s all about.
What Is Faerie Festival?
Ultimately, the annual Faerie Festival is all about enjoying the more mystical parts of the universe and lifting each other up through holistic methods. Visitors can either camp in one of the two on-site camping fields (complete with toilets and hot-water showers) or simply stay for the day. Live music takes place inside Pleasant Rise’s large music tent, while workshops have their own dedicated tents. At the 2017 festival, there was a variety of world-famous musicians who took to the stage, including Daemonia Nymphe, Vanessa Forero and Perkelt. There were also a number of dancers and drumming groups such as Soluna Belly Dance, Pentacle Drummers and Six Drummers. Of course, the Faerie Festival isn’t just your average music and live entertainment festival, as there are also a number of workshops that visitors can attend. Tarot for Beginners, Power Animal Revival, Morning Yoga and even a class named Wizards, Witches and Dragons were just some of the activities you could get involved in at the 2017 festival. Meanwhile, children were able to get involved in musical instrument sessions, puppet shows, treasure hunts, storybook making and numerous other activities, all of which were free. There was also catering and shopping during the festival, including Pizza Buona, Mantra Authentic Indian, Strawberries & Greens Organic Meals and The Toastie Hut. For shoppers, new-agey stalls were also on the grounds, from Funki Creations and Susie K Crafts to Epic Shop and Ailith’s Wands, Gems & Crystal Art.
Faeries in Popular Culture
While we wouldn’t blame you for believing that love for faeries exists in a particularly niche market, they are actually an intricate part in our culture. Chances are you will recognise faeries from a number of animated films such as Disney’s Cinderella (1950), Peter Pan (1953) and Thumbelina (1994). Others may recall them as a faction within The Brownies, or from books, plays and comics like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Black Orchid. Faeries have appeared in other media such as games for a long time as well, with the most notable being Dungeons & Dragons and The Legend of Zelda. Faeries are particularly popular in Japanese video games and have even spawned an entire species of Pokémon in more recent years. There’s even been an influx of casino slot games with titles such Goldwyn’s Faeries and Gnome Wood at online casino sites. These sorts of titles often depict faeries as tiny, helpful and beautiful creatures within a woody wonderland, gifting luck to players. Even the music is whimsical, with light piano notes over harp strings and, occasionally, flutes.
Having existed in our lives since an early age, it’s really no surprise that Faeries are now being celebrated at festivals. Plus, East Sussex’s Faerie Festival isn’t the only annual event where you can meet fellow faerie enthusiasts. Back in August, there was a Faerie Festival on the Isle of Wight, while Cornwall celebrates 3 Wishes Fairy Festival every June. Even the United States have embraced the Faeries, with an annual Fairie Festival taking place in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania every May. As Faerie Festivals become more popular, you won’t want to be the only one to not have attended one by the end of 2018. If you would like to attend Faerie Festival 2018, early-bird tickets are already available on their official website. The festival will run from 18th to 20th May and camping, workshops and activities will be available as usual. If you plan on attending or have been in the past, please let us know in the comments below. We’d love to know all about your experiences and which events you’d recommend to next year’s attendees.