The Prepare for Battle at 750 festival, organised by Lewes Youth Theatre and billed as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, is only a week away.
The medieval village is complete – the ‘Bridge to Democracy’ is built, writes Curtis Arnold-Harmer.
All the preparations are well in hand, and this is set to be a festival you can not afford to miss. With everyone under the age of 25 granted free admission and everyone over 25 only having to pay £8 or £10, this really is set to be the fitting climax to a unique fortnight of commemorations of the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes.
The bands playing over the three days of the festival include the internationally renowned Circulus, Serpentyne and The Moulettes who will be performing alongside resident band Kalamus. All are currently on major tour circuits so this may be your only chance to catch them this year.
The festival is also host to the world premiere of Lewes poet John Agard’s new play Carry on Magna which is in its final stages of rehearsal. There is a surprise guest in the casting ... but you will have to go along to find out who.
Lewes Youth Theatre is also launching the ‘DemDen’ at the festival, a multi-media tent dedicated to educating people of all ages on democracy. LYT has worked in association with Demsoc, ‘the democratic society’, to make this happen.
The tent will broadcast live streaming of all of the politicians and speakers involved for the public to watch at their leisure and also have their say. Medieval Big Brother is also beamed into the DemDen from the camp – democracy will unfold before your very eyes.
The festival will feature a tent dedicated to story-telling by talented people from all over the country which is suitable for all ages.
Mini-crossbows, making your own arrow and firing it and flaming sword fights are just the tip of the medieval-driven iceberg, backed by 13th century crafts and the sort of hog roast they would have enjoyed 750 years ago.
The festival is taking place on May 16, 17 and 18 with tickets being £8 for the Friday and £10 for the Saturday and Sunday. The whole weekend costs £25 and admission is free for everyone under the age of 25.
Tickets can be obtained at Lewes Tourist Information Centre, Lewes Castle and online from www.lewesyouththeatre.co.uk