At our 2017 festival patrons could take part in a broad range of workshops. Each workshop creates a safe space to learn, experience and participate. With a focus on fun and inclusiveness, our workshop schedule has something for everyone.
Learn to dance with anyone to any music using universal lead and follow techniques! Appropriate for total beginners and experienced partner dancers. Explore where the lead comes from, how the follow can best react to the lead’s signals, and how to move as one body. No need to bring a partner, just a flexible mind and a desire to dance! This class was the surprise hit at swing camps in Canada and the States and festivals in England and Australia.
Confused about microphones? Don’t know what a DI is? This workshop is for folk and acoustic musicians looking to make a smooth transition from playing around the campfire to playing on stage. Covers the basic options relating to pick-up and microphone characteristics, and various effects including EQ and compression for acoustic instruments. Learn about how to get technological, while maintaining the authentic characteristics of your instrument. Authenticological small PA supplied. Bring an instrument.
Word of Mouth
Have fun with spoken words! Chew them up, let them sink right into your toes, then spit them out with the full force of your lungs and heart! Get creative, let go, and learn to connect your voice and actions with an audience. For all ages and levels of speaking confidence.
Singing in New Guinea Pidgin
Fred Smith takes you on a hilarious crash course in Papua New Guinea Pidgin by teaching the basics of the language through singalong songs. Sing your way into the heart of the culture, and learn enough language to get in and out of trouble on the streets of Rabaul. Fred hosted a weekly pidgin language program “Satedi Nait Pati” on Radio Bougainville, and is the subject of documentary film about his work promoting peace through music on the war-torn islands.
Embellish a Song Using Guitar
In this hands-on guitar workshop, guitar maestro Guy Ghouse will talk you through and demonstrate various ways to embellish a song by delving into chords, tones and other techniques. Get yourself out of the rut of playing the same chords over and over, and have a go at creating your own accompaniment and use different rhythmic styles.