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The V&A reveal details of FREE-to-enter Glastonbury Festival Weekender

The V&A reveal details of FREE-to-enter Glastonbury Festival Weekender

The Glastonbury Weekender will feature an online interactive map and explore the legacy and impact of the Festival through a dynamic programme of  free events responding to its archive

The V&A has announced plans for a FREE interactive Glastonbury Weekender, both online and in-person at the museum.

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Announcing the news via their Twitter account earlier today (June 11), The V&A said: “We may not have Glastonbury this year, but you can still celebrate 50 years of the iconic festival with The Glastonbury Weekender. Explore the dynamic programme of free events that traverses the festival’s history through sights, sounds, and stories”

The V&A’s upcoming weekender – built on the research of peoples Glastonbury memories and photograph contributions – has created an online interactive map that will chart the evolution of the festival through oral histories, sounds, objects and hundreds of photographs. All as part of a larger collaboration between the V&A and AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) which plans to create a searchable database of Glastonbury’s archive and performance history.

By interacting with the map, fans will be able to witness the organic growth of Glastonbury through five decades, from the 1970’s until today, and discover how the landscape of the Festival has evolved over time and inspired scenography and creativity. The map, created by referencing the real topography of Worthy Farm and its surrounding area, is presented as a 3D experience, inviting users to move around the site to discover each distinct area from the Pyramid Stage and the Green fields, to the Park and beyond. Explore areas of the festival and its unique ethos through sounds, documents, images and oral histories to see how it has taken shape and mirrors societal, political and cultural change.

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The FREE to enter three-day weekender will be broken down into a one-day virtual conference that will take place on Jun 25, and an in-museum Glastonbury weekender on Jun 26 – Jun 27.

The one-day virtual conference exploring the impact and legacy of Glastonbury Festival is a unique opportunity to reflect and consider the value and importance of Glastonbury and wider festival culture, and discuss why festivals must return stronger than ever post-pandemic.

The morning session will feature leading academics from across disciplines including Communication and Media studies, Scenography and Design, and Arts Management. Keynote speaker Dr. Beatriz Garcia will discuss what the future holds for festivals as we emerge from the global pandemic. Dr. Chris Anderton will trace the evolution of Glastonbury’s brand, from its genesis in the 1970s, through its CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) association, to its worldwide presence on BBC television. Dr Greer Crawley will consider the festival in British identity and history, reflecting on the scenography and landscape imaginary of Glastonbury and Dr. Roxy Robinson, will reflect on her career and the growth of the UK’s festival industry, in conversation with BBC Radio 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins.

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The afternoon session will begin with a visual tour through Glastonbury’s history led by five photographers who have documented every decade of the Festival, in conversation with Dr Duncan Forbes, Head of the Photography Centre at the V&A. Followed by the creative communities that make Glastonbury happen – as creators behind the Green Fields (Liz Eliot), Mutoid Waste Company & Cineramageddon (Joe Rush), Arcadia (Pip Rush), the Kidzfield (Tony Cordy), Greenpeace Events (Bob Wilson) and Artist Luke Piper will trace their histories at the Festival, providing a unique insight into the creative energy, vision, and trust that drives each Glastonbury area. Both morning and afternoon sessions will end with a live Q&A featuring speakers from each session.

All talks and presentations will be pre-recorded and made available to conference participants at the times outlined below.

Morning Session

10:00 Welcome by Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A

Introduction by Kate Bailey, Senior Curator of Theatre and Performance, V&A

10:15 Keynote: Dr Beatriz Garcia, Senior Research Fellow in Communication and Media at University of Liverpool and Associate Director of the Centre for Cultural Value.

Dr Chris Anderton, Associate Professor in Cultural Economy, Solent University

Dr Greer Crawley, Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance, Royal Holloway, University of London

Dr Roxy Robinson, Creative Director at From The Fields, in conversation with Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6 Music Presenter

12:15 Live Q&A session with morning speakers chaired by Elaine Tierney.

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Afternoon Session

14:00 Welcome back

14:05 Photography Panel: Photographing Glastonbury across 5 decades. Q&A with Dr Duncan Forbes, Head of the Photography Centre, V&A.

• 1970s – Sheila Burnett
• 1980s – John Novis
• 1990s – Matt Cardy
• 2000s – Venetia Dearden
• 2010s – Emma Stoner

14:45 A Creative Community: interviews with Glastonbury co-creators:

• Bob Wilson – Head of Events, Greenpeace
• Liz Eliot– Founder of the Green Fields, Glastonbury
• Joe Rush – Artist and founder of Mutoid Waste Company
• Pip Rush – Founder and Creative Director of Arcadia
• Tony Cordy – Founder of Kidzfield, Glastonbury
• Luke Piper – Artist

16:00 Live Q&A with afternoon participants, chaired by Kate Bailey

16:45 Closing remarks by Joanna Norman, Director of the V&A Research Institute

In 2014, the V&A teamed up with Glastonbury to create the Festival’s archive. Documenting the cultural importance of the world’s leading performance Festival, the collection brings together Glastonbury’s performance history across the stages and the years.

For more info and the full programme click here.

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Meanwhile, taking place on the same weekend – will be the BBC’s announced celebrations of Glastonbury Festival with a musical extravaganza, as they bring the magic of Worthy Farm to viewers and listeners with ‘The Glastonbury Experience 2021‘, between Friday 25th – Sunday 27th June.

With no Glastonbury taking place on Worthy Farm for a second consecutive year in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Michael and Emily Eavis are inviting campers, for one year only, to experience the farm in a way they’ve never been able to before – in Worthy Pastures – a family-friendly campsite at Worthy Farm which will take place later this summer.

Glastonbury 2022 is set to take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from 22nd – 26th June 2022

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