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Mummers International Festival 2016, RUMB, Cultural Exchanges, Mid-winter Longsword and lots more besides.


November 30, 2015 by tommy

St George, The Doctor and The Dragon

St George, The Doctor and The Dragon (photo from

The International Mummers Festival takes place on the 8th and 9th January 2016 in Stroud, kicking off with the Symposium from 10am til 4:15pm at the Museum in the Park.

Expect Mumming in the Dark, workshops, The Stroud Wassail, Tours and a Procession. Not forgetting the 12th Night Revels at 7pm on the Saturday night.

For lots more information, tickets sales and whatnot please click to

The picture is St George, The Doctor and The Dragon from Widcombe Mummers, performing in the centre of Bath (I think).

Jeff Lawson is on the prowl again for current and new subscribers to his epic regular publication “Rattle Up My Boys”, usually abbreviated to RUMB. He’s about to start the new series and this is (he says) an excellent time to subscribe. Please click RUMB subscription, fill it in and send it off. Remember RUMB contains all the news about longsword, all the history of longsword and all you need to know about longsword. Brave words indeed!

Phil H. has been harangued again by those overseas, this time they’re looking for host teams in the UK to, well, host overseas teams in the name of inter-cultural dialogue.

Pierpaolo writes;

Dear friends, 
Would You like to organize a cultural exchange in Your country ?

Would you like to meet new friends and exchange views on topics such as music, dance, theater ?

Would You like to help to build a better Europe in the name of intercultural dialogue ?

Are You component of a choral group, folk dance group, music group, theatre group ecc…  coming from following nations : 
Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Rep, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Hungary, Malta, Netherland, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden , United Kindom,  Iceland, Norway, Turkey.

Medium age of Your group is 13 – 30 years old ?

Let’s try to realize a cultural exchange with Erasmus plus program !!!
Erasmus Plus program will give to You a grant for host foreign partner and for cost of organization.

If You’re interested please let me know as soon as possible. 
Please write to :

Mobile +393476996574

Jeff Lawson

Jeff Lawson (Thrales photo)

That man Jeff again, this time he’s compiled a list of Midwinter dancing of the longsword variety. If there’s anything missing off this list then you need to get in touch ASAP so that details of your event can go in next year’s programme. Remember to get in touch with the event organisers before you set off to any dance event, just in case! You can see the list – Midwinter Longsword 2015 2016



Red Mum Rapper

Red Mum Rapper – from Sheffield Steel’s Facebook page

And lastly, an inter-cultural exchange took place over the weekend. Denmark’s Red Mum Rapper were hosted in traditional gin-soaked style by the Steel that is Sheffield. A large crawl took place on Saturday 28th November, and judging by the photographic evidence online, it looked like an awesome event. You can see some of the photos on Sheffield Steel’s Facebook page.




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