Folk Arts Oxford aims to promote folk and traditional dance, music and song in the Oxfordshire region. In particular we are interested in improving access for those who might face barriers to participation in the arts.
Through our funded project work, children in Headington have learned about local lad William Kimber, and the musical legacy he has left; a new band called Iris has been formed, who accompany all their songs with Makaton signing; children from mainstream and special schools in Oxfordshire have the chance to create music together, and perform on the main stage at Folk Weekend: Oxford; and a group of musicians have been trained to deliver music sessions in SEN settings. 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.
FAO is responsible for the annual festival Folk Weekend: Oxford (www.folkweekendoxford.co.uk) and runs a variety of CPD and training courses including An Introduction to Working in SEN settings for musicians, an Introduction to Using Music for SEN professionals, and Makaton Beginners Courses. See http://fao.yapsody.com for upcoming events and booking details. We also manage the folk listings site Folk in Oxford www.folkinoxford.co.uk