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Flaming Skirt Festival is a unique contemporary arts festival, a pop-up community transported by bus to mini-events in unusual rural spaces.


We asked for 30% of the money needed to make this project happen. We have already raised £1350 and would have paid for the rest ourselves. Our stretch target will pay for ALL of the costs including a more comprehensive Festival publication.

Project aim

Flaming Skirt Festival is a unique contemporary arts festival, a pop-up community transported by bus to mini-events in unlikely rural spaces.

About the project

Flaming Skirt Festival is on its way AGAIN making spectacular moments in unexpected places! This year the double-decker bus will whisk us away on the art adventure of a lifetime to even more community spaces, including heritage monuments – a pop-up community of extended families and individuals of all age.

We will be climbing aboard on Sunday 7th June for a day out in NW Leicestershire in museums, a country park and college, then on Sunday 28 June, Flaming Skirt Festival returns to its birthplace; Amber Valley in Derbyshire, in a village hall, community centre and a collaborative church.

We will roll along through temporary mini-events…

…performance cafe, games, Instant Theatre, constructions, creative walking, installations, interventions…

To make this happen in style, we need 12 brilliant artists, 6 unusual venues, 2 double-decker buses, lots of publicity, bags of memorabilia to take home and a limited edition book to tell the Festival story to the world about what great places these are to live, work and visit.

For more information go to http://www.flamingskirtfestival.org



Please pledge generously and be rewarded with unique contemporary artworks and experiences: a limited edition book or a unique appliqued handmade tote bag, postcards or poems, even a studio day for up to 5 people.



Thank you.


How did it all begin?

In 2012 when the Olympic Torch Relay skirted round Amber Valley Borough, Derbyshire artist Sally Lemsford devised a fun protest, an alternative contemporary arts festival. Reflecting the Olympics, it had mini-events in Shipley Park Visitor Centre, Ironville Church Hall, Swanwick Junction Railway Centre, under Nottingham Road railway bridge in Ripley, by Cromford Canal and at Lower Hartshay Old School. See what happened at: http://flamingskirtfestival.blogspot.co.uk

Flaming Skirt Festival 2014 looked at what used to happen and what happens now in Ironville, Riddings, Denby and Waingroves village halls. Flaming Skirt Festival demonstrated what could happen. See http://flamingskirtfestival.tumblr.com.




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