New Timber Festival plans revealed

Timber, a major new festival exploring the transformative impact of forests, has has announced some of the artists and performers for its inaugural event in the National Forest on the edge of Derbyshire this summer.

Highlights include a keynote address from broadcaster Stuart Maconie, the English festival premiere of Jony Easterby’s new interactive performance Tree and Wood, and the greenfield festival premiere of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon (pictured above).

Timber is an extraordinary new festival where music, art, philosophy and sustainability will weave together into an exhilarating weekend in the heart of the National Forest, one of Britain’s boldest environmental projects.

Created by the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus (award-winning producers of the Just So Festival), festival goers will be able to experience the transformative impact of forests with artists, musicians, scientists and thinkers.

They will be able to explore what woodlands can mean to us and how we can re-imagine our relationship with our environment.

Inspirational writers, artists, poets, scientists, philosophers and educators will help us re-imagine what woodlands and trees mean to us and our relationship with the world around us.

There will be torchlight processions, light projections, fire gardens and luminous installations, which will help us see the forest in a new light. You can expect incredible performance as dusk falls each night, and discover the unexpected as into the night the forest will be transformed by spectacular installations.

The event is an ambitious adventure into sound and music, rooted in the forest. There will be live music around the campfire and across three stages. You will be able to venture into the woods to be immersed in compelling sound installations, storytelling, soundscapes and DJ sets. The organisers will be working with sound artists who are responding to forest environments in incredible, interactive ways, and choirs will be bringing the woods to life through song.

They will explore the atmosphere in the woods at twilight, midnight, dusk and dawn to delight in the rhythms of the day. You will be singing the dawn chorus, running through the gloaming, taking part in night swims, and revelling at secret midnight gigs.

Timber from July 6-8, will be located at Feanedock, a 70-acre woodland site at the heart of the National Forest.

John Everitt, Chief Executive, National Forest Company, said: “People who live in the National Forest see every day how the planting of millions of trees over the last 25 years has changed their lives. Timber’s fantastic range of experiences, activities and thought-provoking interactions – from immersive woodland light and sound installations to Leicester Comedy Festival’s Comedy in the Dark, from spoken word performances to forest bathing – all these will offer festival-goers the opportunity to experience the transformative power of forests directly.”

Sarah Bird and Rowan Hoban, Directors of Wild Rumpus said: “Trees and forests are absolutely at the foreground of our thinking about what it means to live healthily and happily in a modern world so dominated by digital devices and new technologies.  They have the potential to help us unleash new ways to live as communities, playfully and creatively together. We can’t wait until summer so that we can celebrate the benefits of trees and introduce the Timber community to Feanedock, a woodland in the making.”

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