WITH Mannifest only being a few weeks away we take a look at the arts and crafts section of the third festival.
Sulby resident Sue Quilliam is the woman behind the arts and crafts area on site.
Here she tells WWW how this year is going to be bigger and better than last.
At last year’s Mannifest, children had a great time making lanterns, painting, making boggits and helping build a big dragon in the middle of your field. What can we expect this year?
The dragon was the centrepiece of our area and we hope to do something similar again. We will have a host of materials available including paint, glue, glitter things, jam jar lanterns to paint and hang, paper lanterns, wood and clay and a big geodome to decorate. It is all set to be a great time.
There will also be scheduled workshops, to be advertised on site, including dreamcatcher-making, drop-spinning, felting , totem-carving, metalwork and willow-weaving. There will be a small charge for the workshops to cover the cost of materials. And as you would expect the ever popular boggits will be made.
What are Boggits?
A Boggit is the name for creatures that live in forest bogs. We tell the children about them and then with clay and wood they create what their vision of a boggit is.
It can be really quite interesting and several will be making appearances on the site.
The arts and crafts are quite traditional compared to the computer games and internet of today, how do the youngsters respond to them?
They simply love it. We provide enough paint, glue, and stuff to stick and paint and it is the children’s imagination that really drives the creativity in the area.
I am always blown away by the creative mix and response from the young. It is amazing!
Why is it so important for Mannifest to have an arts and crafts section?
You can’t have a festival without an arts and crafts section.
Children should be included in everything we do and bringing them to the festival is part of the growing up and creative process.
There is so much for them to do at this festival it will be a great experience for children and parents alike.
What is the best part of the festival for you personally?
When it gets dark and everything can be lit up, sitting listening to good music and seeing all the creations of the day and knowing that I am booked in for a massage.
Do you need more people to help out?
If so, how do they contact you?
We are always looking for volunteers to help out the festival.
The best way is to contact Mannifest via the website Mannifestlive.com and leave a message and one of us will contact you.