Laura's post festival blog

Laura's post festival blog

Where does one begin when writing about their first ever festival experience? You see pictures of the mud and what looks like miles of tents, people in face paint, partying into the night, but you never expect that to be your experience – except it was. The rain, threatening on the Wednesday, fell almost non-stop from Thursday to Saturday, putting the waterproofing of my little £45 two-person tent to the test, and turning every square metre of grass into a 3-inch thick mire. 

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Sally's post festival blog

Sally's post festival blog

If you’ve heard only one thing about Port Eliot this year, it was the mud. But the constant rain and ankle-deep mud did not sway the enthusiasm of the festival – Charleston dancers swung on tirelessly and the famous cycling-pianist carried his tune despite the weather. In our own tent, spirits were also high and working with such an energetic, passionate team really helped to make the most of the festival – which was truly magical!

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Shauna's Port Eliot 2017 - What a Mud-perience

Shauna's Port Eliot 2017 - What a Mud-perience

As we stood by the side of the road in the rain, with my car steaming and spluttering, it quickly became apparent that this five-day experience was not going to be plain sailing. I opened the bonnet and steam poured from it, a wasp flew in and landed. I heard it sizzling. With that ominous sign, I rang Dave Hotchkiss, the leader of the operation, and explained our situation whilst we waited for some kind soul to pull over and come to our aid

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Sally's pre-festival blog

Sally's pre-festival blog

I was actually in the middle of a reportage drawing project, when the opportunity to work at Port Eliot festival, doing just that, came along. This was for me a dream job. Since I started my art foundation course I’ve always carried around a sketchbook with me, ready to sketch when something (or someone) sparked my interest. It’s something that gets me inspired daily. So getting to draw my surroundings somewhere so vibrant, creative - and a little bizarre – seemed perfect!

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