Folk Arts Oxford aims to promote folk and traditional dance, music and song in the Oxfordshire region.

Alongside our own projects and events, FAO works collaboratively with other local organisations, forging links and creating opportunities for folk artists to work in education and community projects, as well as showcase their talent in local events.

Since we launched in 2012 we have worked in association with Oxford City Council, The Ashmolean Museum, Restore (a mental health charity), Cowley Road Carnival, and the Pitt Rivers Museum. In 2014 we worked with the English Folk Dance and Song Society to host a training day for Folk Educators in Oxford.

We are particularly interested in improving access for those who might face barriers to participation in the folk arts.

The work we do at Folk Arts Oxford can be broadly categorised in to three main strands: development work, community building, and events.

Development

We are currently developing our Associate Artist scheme, and are interested to hear from local performers who want to take the next step in what they do, and who would benefit from the mentoring and support we can offer. 

We are working alongside other local and regional organisations to secure funding to create new projects for Oxfordshire. Through these projects we hope to create opportunities for people living in Oxfordshire; new resources, opportunites for learning and development, and paid work for professional folk artists.

We are also committed to promoting accessibility in the folk arts, and are actively working to improve access for those who face barriers to participating in what we do.

Community

We run a website called FolkinOxford.co.uk; this is a folk-specific listings site, and portal for folk activity in Oxfordshire. This site is relatively new but is expanding rapidly and fast becoming a first port of call to find out what's going on in the county. There's also a wealth of information on there about the different activities, aiming to make it easy for someone who is new to folk to see what sort of activity they might enjoy.

Some would say there's nothing better for building a community than a bit of group singing! FAO is proud to support Rising Voices, a community choir which is open to all ages and abilities. Rising Voices have been singing together since 2008, and are always welcoming new members!

Events

We run an annual folk festival in Oxford city centre called Folk Weekend: Oxford, which showcases and celebrates the local folk scene, and offers local artists and the opportunity to perform alongside nationally renowned folk artists.

We also promote smaller events throughout the year.

Folk Weekend

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