MenSing - started 4th February

After a very well received performance in December 2017, the 'kick-off' for 2018 was on Sunday 4th February 10am - 5pm at Ebenezer Hall. See our MenSing page for more info .....






Okehampton Lanterns 

Local folk songs are central to this project and volunteers help us work with a number of groups in the town to teach the songs, and there was a big sing-song and cream tea on 16th February. Images from the songs were shown which inspired the imagery for some big and small lanterns alike ready for the procession on the Friday night.Workshops to create the Lanterns took place at Charter Hall and Ebenezer Hall in Okehampton throughout the week for lantern making, choir and drumming. The main procession was on the Friday night which met at St James’s chapel and processed to the Pavilion in the Park for the spectacular finale.

This 2018 Lantern event was co hosted by OCRA and was made possible with support from Okehampton United Charities.


See reports from previous Lantern Festival events in 2016 and 2017 and photos ....

"Ain't I a Woman?" - a celebration for International Womens' Day 2018

- part of the Wren Music Her Story Project

In 2018 the Wren Music project for International Womens' Day explored assumptions: Women have children.  Women cry.  Women vote.  Women can't do some things ...

In Ohio in 1851 Sojourner Truth, an activist and freed slave, gave an impromptu speech challenging the status quo of relations between north and south, rich and poor, black and white, and between men and women.  Her speech included the repetition of the question "ain't I a woman?" and challenged many assumptions of the day.

"That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere.  Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place!  And ain't I a woman?"

The concerts went 'on tour' across Devon and into Dorset and featured the architects of the Her Story project:  Amy Wilson, Marilyn Tucker and Sarah Owen with guest appearances from Rosa Rebecka and Emily Howard.  The concert also featured a 15 piece womens' chorus and a 50 piece womens' choir.

National Ensemble Day - 2nd June

A day for youth folk aged 14-18 was held full of inspiring and creative workshops.  This was a free Youth Folk Sampler Day run by EFDSS in Okehampton on 2nd June.  It was "a-stand-alone" day with great tutors, lots of music making, a chance to make new friends and have lots of fun!

There is more information on the EFDSS website: