The Secret Garden Party
Photo credits: See Practical information below.
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|Country and Region||United Kingdom — England|
|Type of Festival||Drama, Music|
|Location of Festival||Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England, UK|
|Festival Contact Information|
The independent festival is a magical adventure that needs to be experienced. The Secret Garden offers a range of arts, music, workshops, speakers and theatre. Festival goers can enjoy Boutique camping, trading vendors, and the opportunity to fully engage your creativity in a unique and open atmosphere…
|Festival Dates||July 19 - 22, 2012|
- If you like this festival — listen to…
- Jon Simon, co-founder of Pieminister
- Jon Simon, co-founder of Pieminister
Photo slideshow credits:
- In order of appearance
- Lake in afternoon light, Photo by Andrew Whitton
- Painted pyramid, Photo by Danny North
- Bubbles, Photo by Danny North
- Marionettes, Photo by Danny North
- Yes, Photo by Nick Caro
- Pieminister container
- Pieminister savory pies
- Pieminister Banner
- Pieminister pies to go — providing wholesome and delectable offerings to festival-goers
Grant applications 2012:
- Grant applications are now OPEN
- For Art Installations, Performance, Theatre, Action Camps, Art Boats & Vehicles, Spectacles & Eccentricities Your creations and fantasies are at the heart of The Secret Garden Party. For the summer of 2012, our 10th birthday celebration, we are inviting you to create, invent and realise even bigger, wilder, more fantastical dreams than ever before.
- For information
- Regarding the funding available, how to apply and the 2012 Art & Expression Theme please visit http://www.secretgardenparty.com
- Come play with us this summer…
- “The Secret Garden Party are feudal, eccentric and unashamedly hedonistic” —The Times
- “Utterly, and without question, the best weekend of the year” —Rockfeedback
- “Has to be seen to be believed” —Clash
- The Secret Garden Party began in 2003 with 500 people attending. There was only one hand built stage, two small bars, a naked stage manager and the organisers could be found swimming in the lake at dawn. In 2004 the word had spread and 2000 people turned up, the same relaxed atmosphere remained… There was a feeling that anyone could do anything they wanted; and they did. Dressed as Dictators, people threw themselves over and into 6ft high pianos and rolled down the moguls in tractor tyres in the Suicide Olympics. In 2006 the festival swelled to 8000, something that was never expected. Everyone had an incredible time, but the organisers were not quite prepared for how widely the festival had become known. In September 2006 The Head Gardener and team attended Burning Man in the Nevada Desert. They painted themselves blue and decided to begin a new phase of The Secret Garden Party. In 2011 The Secret Garden Party welcomed 17,000 followers.
- Theme 2012
- In 2012 revellers will be encouraged to ‘Stand On Ceremony’ as this years Art & Expression Theme.
- Standing On Ceremony
- Like never before, we are aware of our unique position as a social animal. The carnival of the Olympics, the phenomena of the 2012 prophecies, the arrival of the seven billionth human, the dawn of the urban age: ours is a human world. Yet these ‘mass collective moments’ hint at a richer history, a more varied landscape of ceremonial occasion that have bound men together across the ages, that have reinforced and reinvented that most remarkable of our achievements: society. This year, as The Garden celebrates her 10th Birthday, we explore those ceremonies, rituals, initiations, anniversaries and carnivals that bind us together, that emphasise matter over mind, that emphasise our true gifts as humans: social existence. Great Britain has only recently emerged from a period of restrictive manners, customs and hierarchy. The explosion in the middle of the last century, of freedom, sexual liberation and rebellion, represents a volcanic eruption of the irrepressible lava of human expression. The Secret Garden Party, along with all modern hedonic gatherings, has direct links to this awakening and release of the human spirit. So get your thinking caps on — inspired by “Standing On Ceremony”. Dream your own anniversaries, your own ceremonies, your own initiations. Don’t be a spectator, don’t be part of a passive congregation. Create gatherings and parties that breakdown the walls of inhibition, shyness, the other, the stranger. We are already naked, so use your freedom to unite with your fellow Gardener. 2012 is not the end of it all — it is merely a rallying call to unite, to come together, to reinforce the ties that bind.