celebrating peace and reconciliation

Peace Tent 14 – 18’ and beyond

Honouring the legacy of a lost generation

In September 2013 we launched Peace Tent 14-18 a five year mission commemorating the centenary of The Great War and celebrating peace and reconciliation through the medium of performing arts.

Peace Tent was the central feature of The Folk Gathering at Alstonefield 18th to 20th September 2015.

We were honoured and excited to be also given the opportunity to develop and operate Peace Tent  at  Shrewsbury Folk Festival 22nd to 25th August .2014

See pdf of programme for Peace Tent  Shrewsbury  - during that 4 day event mornings in the Peace Tent were filled with workshops of all sorts from harmony singing to bagpipes for beginners! , Peace Song competition entry sessions and film, drama and story-telling.

At 1.00pm on Saturday 23rd Aug a special Peace Concert ‘It will all be over by Christmas’ was performed . The theme was the start of the war, the impending centenary of the Christmas Truce and reconciiation . 21 pieces  were performed by 28 artists in three phases. (click here to see the Peace Concert playlist ).

For much of each afternoon and evening Peace through Folk club concerts comprised performances from our residents  (see details) and some of their nominated floor spots performers. The concerts also featured scheduled performances and  surprise 'drop ins'  from headline main festival acts. Singing in chorus and harmony will figure largely across much of the Peace Tent programme as befits a celebration of peace and reconciliation.

Peace Tent 14 - 18 is more than just a highly flexible self sufficient venue,  it is more than just a show, it is a resource which will be a living, evolving  entity, responding  to the challenge of telling one of the greatest and most tragic human stories honestly , commemorating that which has happened and most importantly celebrating peace, fellowship and reconciliation through folk music and the performing arts.

Peace Tent 14 - 18 performances will mainly be song and music based but also may include, drama, poems, narrative, dance, film, stills and sound and light effects - anything is possible.

The Venue - Inspired by the Field Hospitals of the Great war Peace Tent  is a 40’ x 40’ traditional single pole marquee fitted with a wooden floor, capacity 200. An unusual shape which provides great acoustics

The kit  -  Horse shoe seating around  a simple stage  lit by basic house and stage lights. The open PA is designed to lift and enhance the natural sound without intruding in essentially acoustic performances.

Initial set up funding was sourced from within ‘Peace through Folk’ resources to launch Peace Tent at the Manifold Folk Gathering in September 2013 at Alstonefield

The Company - Peace Tent was developed by Peace Through Folk at the annual Manifold Folk Gathering at Alstonefield in the Peak National Park which takes place on the third weekend in September.  It is operated by an enthusiastic team of volunteer stewards and venue managers.

Peace Through Folk is able and keen to assist and advise other festivals and events in planning their own Peace Tent. This concept is a completely self-sufficient unit capable of being rigged and powered throughout the UK and Europe, and also staged virtually anywhere in the world where a 40’ x 40’ tent can be found.