Emergence Festival Returns for 2022


Good news for art and music lovers as the Emergence Festival returns to Frome this autumn.  After the success of last year’s festival and thanks to funding from Frome Town Council the organisers have been able to extend this annual festival into a full weekend event.  The Silk Mill and Black Swan Arts will host a weekend of music, art, workshops, family activities and creative nourishment from Friday 30th September – Sunday 2nd October.

This immersive festival celebrates the creativity of all aspects of motherhood, while shining a light on the barriers mother* artists face both as practitioners and when trying to juggle the emotional burdens of motherhood – whether this be when trying to conceive, whilst bringing up children, carrying on after the loss of a child or even making the highly personal decision not to have children.  Through countless mediums such as art, music, comedy, dance, poetry and storytelling women and non-binary people from Frome and the surrounding areas will present their reflections on the varied and complex journey of motherhood.

Festival organiser Heather Truesdall says ‘It’s so exciting to be offering this festival to Frome again, the feedback from last year was fantastic and we’re so pleased that we can now run a full festival of events.  We’re hoping by extending the festival we’re really going to be able to offer something for everyone – parent or carer, young or old. It’s a celebration of creativity, the beauty in the unfinished and imperfect, and the unique intensity of the mothering journey.’

Event Plan

Fri 30th Sep (evening): Exhibition Opening  – Lorikeet performance and opening talk and Q&A with novelist Jessica Cornwell and photographer Naomi Wood.

Visual art featuring Hannah Brown, Ella Cogson, Laura Corfield, Jenna Harman, Amy Kolarides and Rhiannon Lassila. A chance to have a glass of wine, absorb some new and exciting art, be part of the conversation surrounding our themes and listen to the folksy, lush harmonies of a band born out of last year’s festival.

Sat 1st Oct (daytime): a wild and colourful celebration for children, adults, and everyone in between! With music, workshops, games, theatre, art and spoken word. There is something for everyone.

Music from Sinnober, Briony Clark and Amy Bisazza. Workshops from Caravan Arts, Mojo Moves, Groove Tots, Jenna Doodles, Djembe Tots, Curiosity Kids and Naff Art Club.

‘Mother Tongue’ tent with all things wordy – flash lit, theatre, found poetry,  book talks and spoken word

1st Oct (evening): A party! Come and dance, drink and get to know new friends! A warm and welcoming celebration featuring a pop up burlesque show and a collaborative co-created playlist from a mother and daughter DJ to dance the night away! Adults only.

2nd Oct daytime: for ‘mother’* adults, time to have space to create, participate and be nourished. Yoga, healing circles, creative workshops.

* Mothers and non-binary parents, expectant, new, grand, great grand, step, foster, adoptive mothers, those with babies, or older children, mothers without living children, mothers who breastfeed, mothers who bottle feed, mothers of any race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and mothers with a disability

Tickets are now on sale from https://billetto.co.uk/e/emergence-festival-2022-tickets-664549

For more information visit www.emergencefestival.co.uk