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.

picture of musicians rehearsingPhew - just finished our first set of rehearsals for the Makaton project. It was hard work but we're very pleased with what we've come up with so far, and have completed arrangements for six of the twelve songs. We've got a lot of work to do before the gig at Folk Weekend next April but if we can pull it all together we're pretty confident it will be quite special.

One of the things we *didn't* manage to do was come up with a band name - any ideas?!