The Labyrinth ( Greek – labyrinthos ) of Greek mythology was designed as a structure to imprison the Minotaur, while prehistoric labyrinths were believed to have functioned as traps for malevolent spirits. Labyrinths are uni-cursal pathways leading to a centre, then back out again, and can also act as symbolic forms of pilgrimage, where people can walk the path, ascending toward salvation or enlightenment. A maze is constructed using dead-ends and false paths, but a labyrinth has only one path leading to the centre and back.
Each time a person walks the labyrinth, it is an individual and personal experience. The 180 degree turns, that are an integral part of the path through the labyrinth, are thought to alternate awareness between the left and right sides of the brain, inducing receptive states of consciousness. The time spent at the centre of each labyrinth can be a reflective and meditative experience, or a means of exploring personal inner space.
Friday 17 July to Sunday 19 July.
From 17 to 19 July the first of what it is hoped will become an annual ArtHist Festival will take place in and around the University Centre Folkestone (off Tontine Street), with the aim of portraying some aspects of life in the town during the Middle Ages. One of the organiser’s of the Festival Yvonne Hutchcraft from the Folkestone People’s History Centre said “Historians and artists have got together and worked really hard to put on an event which we are sure will appeal to people of all ages. The aim has been to create something that is both educational and entertaining”.
On Friday evening from 6.00 pm Dr. Paul Dalton of Canterbury Christ Church University will tell the story of Castle Hill, while Andy Linklater and Andrew Richardson of Canterbury Archaeological Trust will talk about Roman and Anglo-Saxon Folkestone concentrating on the Bayle and the Medieval Harbour
Saturday and Sunday will be given over to workshops, demonstrations and craft stalls. The centre piece will be a half size replica of an Anglo Saxon boat brought along by Regia Anglorum, one of the best re-enactment societies in the world, who will also set up a camp site in the car park of the University Centre. A stonemason, wood carver, silver smith, calligrapher and stained glass window maker, spinner and weaver will all be demonstrating their crafts.
For those who want to try their hand at something, there will be workshops on medieval tile making, chain mail, shield and helmet mask making and bead work. While some of these activities may be suitable for younger people, there will be, especially for children, a puppet theatre portraying historical scenes, a story teller and face painter. In preparation for the ArtHist Festival pupils from a number of schools have been completing panels which will go towards making a Folkestone tapestry.
Visitors are welcome to bring along any archaeological finds or other objects for identification by experts from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, which will also have on display a wide range of objects, documents and models. Two metal detecting groups will be showing their finds and providing details about their clubs and activities.
Finally Local Historian Eamonn Rooney will be leading two walks around The Bayle starting at 11.00 am on both Saturday and Sunday, showing points of interest and explaining its history from ancient to modern times.
For sustenance the University Centre Café will be open and for those with heartier appetites there will be a Hog roast on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Friday night talks will be from 6.30 – 8.30. The events on Saturday and Sunday will be between 10.00 am – 5.00 pm. Admission to all events is free apart from the walks for which there is a charge of £2 though for children it will be free.
For Further Information Contact Yvonne Hutchcraft: Tel: 01303-245216.
White Shed artists will be having an open studio on
20 – 21 June, 1 – 4pm at The Stables 35-37 Tontine Street , Folkestone.
All are welcome. It will be an opportunity for people to meet and talk to the artists and view new and diverse work. See www.whiteshed.co.uk for more details about the group.
Folkestone Multi-Cultural Festival 09 from this Thursday 11th to
Sunday June 14th.
The FAC feature prominently at Leas Cliff Hall on Thursday doing a Childrens Workshop (volunteers welcome) and on Saturday at 16
Rendezvous Street for a FAC members Art Show (artworks for sale required) and in the basement the showing of the FAC Hendrix documentary and Art Beat. In Bouverie Place there is pavement art and members group participation to draw the pavement opening up and entitled: Earthquake. Plus a Childrens Workshop.
James has arranged musicians to appear on Saturday and Sunday at the stage areas.