Tribe of Doris Festival 2019 offers workshops including with world-class arts practitioners in the grounds of Stanford Hall in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.
Unlike most festivals, Tribe of Doris is not about passive consumption of the arts but active participation. Festival-goers can take part in over 200 arts workshops including drumming, singing and dancing.
Why Doris? The name was coined by its Bristol-based female founders in 1990 to increase accessibility: “Even your auntie Doris would be happy coming to the festival”.
Dance workshops this year include Guinean dance, Orixa dance movement, flamenco, street dance, Cuban salsa and Bollywood. Children and youth have their own workshops.
Drumming workshops include Mandeng rhythms, sabar drumming, tabla and Indian percussion, gong bath and drum circles.
Also song workshops from Latin America, Zimbabwe (left: Zimbabwean Song & M’bira with Cecilia Ndlovu-Edwards), Brazil, and the British Isles.
All of which culminate in an evening of performance on Saturday night under canvas and starlight.
There is also a healing area and a sauna on the fields, and children and youth have their own area with workshops. Food stalls are plenty and on Friday night, there is a (ticketed) tribal feast in Stanford Hall.
Bring your own tent (included in price) otherwise, yurts and glamping are available – as well as a coach from Bristol.
Whether you want to refine a passion for an art or discover a new one, Tribe of Doris is a feast for the artistic senses.