Oxford Folk Weekend welcomed hundreds of people to the city from April 14 to 16 for a range of concerts, Morris dances and workshops.

The event, organised by Folk Arts Oxford, filled a number of streets and venues in the city centre.

Concerts took place at the Quaker Meeting House, Old Fire Station, the North Wall St Michaels at the North Gate and Harwell Village Hall.

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Organiser Rachel Williams said: “The Folk Weekend went really well looking back on it.

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“Saturday was the busiest day and it just felt like Oxford was filled up with lots of happy smiley people.

“The Morris dancing in particular was a really lively event and we had five different Ceilidhs at St Barnabas Church in Jericho.

“The dances were just joyous.”

The Ceilidhs in Jericho were run by the organisation Oxfolk and on Saturday (April 15) there was even the opportunity to develop your skills as a caller.

A special family Ceilidh took place in church on Saturday (April 15) morning.

Morris dancers from all over the county descended on the streets of Oxford and this year over 30 local artists performed at free stages in The Covered Market, Weston Library, the Westgate Library, the Old Fire Station, Pitt Rivers Museum and Blackwell’s Bookshop.

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As well as the dancing on the streets, Mike Heaney, a local Morris guru, talked about The Ancient English Morris Dance, at Blackwell’s bookshop.

This year was the first time the weekend event had a festival hub in the Covered Market, where festival goers were able to pick up a programme and find out more about what was going on.

There was also a display of archive photos of Morris dancing in Oxford in the past 100 years.

On the Saturday (April 15), workshops took place at the Pitt River Museum.

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These included a range of sessions such as improving your guitar skills and singing in a choir.

Oxford Folk Weekend is an annual event that first took place in 2012.

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The festival was the first in the country to go fully online in 2020 when the coronavirus lockdown interrupted proceedings.

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With regard to next year’s festival, Ms Williams said: “At the moment we need to evaluate what happened this year before we finalise anything.

“But what I would say is that the festival always happens in the third week of April so watch this space!”

“The festival is run entirely by volunteers, and we have a fantastic team.

“Some help out over the year and others come just for the weekend.”

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