Talk – “Coconut Dancing – more than just a Lancashire tradition” – Peter Bearon (LIVE on Zoom)

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Peter Bearon's talk will compare the coconut dance tradition in the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire with that of Els Moretons in Manacor, Mallorca. Both traditions are likely to have originated during the 1850s. The coconut dance tradition from Provence known as ‘Lei Cocot’ or ‘Les Coco’ will then be considered. ‘Lei Cocot’ appears to date from the first half of the 19th century.  We will then look at the development of coconut dancing on the 19th century stage and the possible transmission of the dance from stage to street. Finally, we will look at the tune generally known as the Rochdale Coconut Dance and the tune used by Els Moretons and compare them both with a tune simply called Cocoa Nut Dance published in tune collections in the 1830s/1840s. Click on the name of the event for more info and to register for a place.

Talk – “Morris Dolls in the Museum of British Folklore” – Simon Costin (LIVE on Zoom)

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Simon Costin will be speaking about his project to establish the UK’s first ever museum dedicated to our seasonal customs and events. An overview of the project from his early influences and how he took to the road in 2009 in a painted caravan, travelling across the UK to gauge interest in the project, and then highlighting some of the many exhibitions that the museum has set up over the past few years including how the Morris Doll collection came to be. Click on the name of the event for more info and to register for a place.

Talk – “Straw Bear – 40 Years of Straw & String” – Brian Kell (LIVE on Zoom)

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Brian Kell will talk about the history of the Whittlesea Straw Bear from the past to the present, along with the changes which have occurred throughout the years of the revival.  Brian Kell was the founder and is honorary president of the revived Whittlesea Straw Bear festival, and was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2013 for services to music and the community in Whittlesey. Click on the name of the event for more info and to register for a place.

Joint Morris Organisations’ Day of Dance 2022 (Liverpool)


The Joint Morris Organisations' Day of Dance will take place on Saturday 9th April 2022 in Liverpool City Centre hosted by The Morris Ring in the North West.  This was postponed from 2020 due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak. Click on the name of the event for more info and to book a place for your team.

Morris Federation Day of Dance and AGM 2022 (Darlington)


The Morris Federation and Black Diamond Mixed Cotswold Morris extend a warm welcome to all members of The Morris Federation to join us in a day of dance in Darlington on Saturday 24th September 2022, followed by The Morris Federation's AGM at 4.30pm (4pm sign-in) and a ceilidh.

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