FREE Community Festival

Saturday 8 June 10.00 a.m. – late

St John’s Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD

Celebrate – Discover – Imagine


(this is evolving – check back for more details)


SHOWCASE of local community and activist groups in the top floor meeting room 10.00 – 6.00


Stories, craft and entertainment 10.30 – 1.00 and 2.30 – 5.00 in the Mezzanine meeting room


By St John’s Primary School, Malcolm Curley, Muriel Sorano and other local artists.


Local poet Harula Ladd will be on hand on the Mezzanine during the lunch and supper breaks to write poetic reminders, small poems to capture a moment, a thought, a question that has arisen out of the input and experiences of the day. Just tell her what’s alive in you; thoughts, topics, questions, and in three minutes she will write you a poem to take away with you, a small souvenir to remember the day by.


Just need to talk? Helen Bourne and her team are tucked away in a private corner on the top floor with a lovely view.  Whether you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, unsure or would just appreciate a chat someone is here to listen between 11.00 and 6.00.


From the cafe on the top floor

Open from 10.00 – 1.00 and 2.00 – 5.00

MORNING 9.30 – 1.00

9.45 Totnes Brass Band

Welcome you to a lively, inspiring day

10.15 Welcome

10.30 Opening forum

Local people of all ages will share what stirs them to action, followed by a facilitated participatory discussion to explore what inspires us all to respond to community and global issues.

12.00 – 1.00 Parallel Workshops

Choose from a great selection to exercise your head, heart and hands.

11.30 – 1.30 Lantern making workshop

At Weston Community Hall, Hope Close, Bridgetown

A workshop for all the family followed by a procession down to St John’s Church.


LUNCHTIME 1.00 – 2.30


Food in Community are providing a ‘pay what you feel’ cafe proving meals from food that would otherwise have been wasted.

Raise your voice

Sing with Rob Carney and Voices of Freedom as they welcome the procession.

1.45 Wander for well-being

Join Emma Capper for a stroll in nearby nature to experience the benefits of what the Japanese call Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing).

1.45 Listen to poetry with an environmental theme

Join Rosi Gladwell in the cafe area on the top floor to listen to poems by Drew Dellinger and Lynne Wycherley.

AFTERNOON 2.30 – 5.15

2.30 ‘From What Is to What If’:

TTT co-founder Rob Hopkins shares some insights from his forthcoming book on imagination, invites us to take part in a bit of imagining, some interactive storytelling, and some reflections as to why imagination matters today and why perhaps our imagination muscle might not be as strong as it needs to be. What would it look like if we lived in a time where our imaginations were nurtured, treasured and able to shape the world around us? Stand by for many stories that will re-fire our sense of what’s possible.


Followed by the choice of:

4.00 Open Space

What next? An opportunity to explore some of the ideas in the room about how else we can strengthen our community and respond imaginatively to the challenges we face.

Arts Lab – Drop-in painting party

A chance to have some shared fun making a large floor painting with paints and pastels.


Food chat while chopping

Enjoy lively discussions on food issues for sustainable world and get practical guidance on cooking for your community from Niaomh and Megan of the The Shared Plate – all while helping to prepare supper.





If you fancy trying your skills, our local expert Kyle Perkins will support you on Vire Island this afternoon as part of the Brite Festival .




Supper and bar from 5.30 and enjoy talk, poetry, singing and dancing from 6.30 until 10.00


The Shared Plate are providing a delicious home-made supper.




A ‘pay what you can’ bar featuring a special ‘Totnes Alive!’ ale from the New Lion Brewery, organic wines and locally produced soft drinks.




Local singer/songwriters will serenade you during supper including Lily, a 14 year old French/ English singer who has been gigging now locally for a couple of years and has started performing her own songs.




Matt Harvey will write a new poem – with our help and help the whole evening go smoothly with his skills as our M.C.


Totnes writer and publisher Bob Mann has spent a lifetime wandering around the town and exploring its history, folklore, creative associations and the more out-of-the-way aspects of its life. His talk will introduce his new book on the town.


You could just listen to Glorious Chorus – and they will invite us to join in for one or two songs.




While our local young people at Jamming Station play a few tunes.





To the irrepressible beat of the Devon Afrobeat Collective.

community spirit


inspire your imagination


new ways to take action


Creative: Samskara

"Imagine new ways to take action about the challenges we face, locally and globally"