I’m Lynne McCutcheon, Chairman of New Futures Nepal the lucky charity who will benefit from you being here this weekend. It’s our 20th anniversary and we are run by 10 voluntary trustees, one of whom, Steven Davis, is the organiser of this brilliant festival.
It all started 20 years ago when two groups of trekkers enjoyed holidays of a lifetime in the Nepal Himalaya. They loved the country and the people but they were shocked by the poverty and deprivation that they saw all around them. Their trekking guide introduced them to a tiny children’s home for 13 children that he and other volunteers were supporting in Kathmandu. All the children came from surrounding villages, they were orphans and several were disabled. The trekkers resolved to help and New Futures Nepal was born. We are as passionate today about our work as we were originally and over the years we have helped hundreds of disadvantaged children to a better future. All of our original 13 children are now independent adults some with families of their own.
We are a small charity and very effective. Being small means we are run entirely by volunteers, there are no company cars or office blocks for us, just kitchen tables and cheap meeting rooms. Being small also means we know all the children in our care in the two orphanages which are our main projects and their carers too. To date we have raised over £2,000,000 and all of that money has gone towards our projects. We have built two orphanages offering a loving home, education and medical care to over 48 children. We are helped and supported by generous professionals who give of their time and expertise for free, by businesses who donate and raise funds on our behalf and above all by people like you, who attend an event and are inspired to help. If you would like more information please refer to our webpage. Heartfelt thanks to Steven and to you. Lynne McCutcheon
THURSDAY Seven Devils – 7pm, main stage Jolly Roger – 8pm, main stage Feline & Strange – 9pm, main stage
FRIDAY Ben Culkin – 12, outdoor stage Doctor Gray & his Orchestra of One – 1, outdoor stage Mice in a matchbox – 1:30, outdoor stage Ash Mandrake – 2, outdoor stage The Sælvatici (book reading) – 3, outdoor stage The Somewhen Chair (book launch) – 3:30, outdoor stage Jonathan Day’s Rainstorm Discotheque – 4, outdoor stage Feline & Strange – 5, outdoor stage. Gurdybird – 7.30, main stage The Wattingers – 8.30, main stage Attrition – 9.30, main stage
The Curious House of Stories yurt open, but no pre-bookings
SATURDAY Sonic 909 – 12, outdoor stage Belly Fusion Dance Collective – 12.30, 13.15, 14.00, 14.45 Count Rostov – 12.45, outdoor stage The Cogkneys – 13.30, outdoor stage Cat Randle – 14.15, outdoor stage David Brinkworth & the Pit – 15.00, outdoor stage Doctor Gray and his Orchestra of One 15.30, outdoor stage Jessica Law – 4, outdoor stage Hopeless, Maine – 4.30, outdoor stage
"Gifts from the Sea" - Belinda Storyteller & Duke Box - 12, Curious House. Jon Hartless – 13.00, Curious House Sarah Battison - 13.30, Curious House Feline Lang – 15.30, Curious House Laura Jane Round – 16.00, Curious House "Unconsidered Trifles" - Cath Edwards, Curious House
Basil Daiquiri – 7.30, main stage Master Maydme – 7.45, main stage Martian Social Club – 8, main stage Elvira O.O – 9.30, main stage Krankschaft – 10.00, main stage
SUNDAY Times/running order will likely change Feline & Strange – 12, outdoor stage Ben Culkin – 13.00, outdoor stage 13.30 – Experimental Sonic Machines 14.00 – Ash Mandrake 15.00 – Crystal Jacqueline 16.00 – Jonathan Day 16.45 – Tom Slatter 17.30 – Chasing the Dark 18.00 – Supergroup!
Karl Burnett - 12,00, Curious House Brendan Hawthorne – 12:30, Curious House Ian Henery, Angie Angel – 13:00, Curious House Susan Vickers – 13:30, Curious House Hopeless, Maine – 14:30, Curious House
ALL TIMINGS SUBJECT TO THE WHIMS OF FATE, LIFE AND TECHNOLOGY …