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Only the village idiot would miss this festival
The Village Festival is in its 11th year and remains difficult to define. Foodies, musos, artists, families and anyone with a taste for the quirkier things in life will delight in the range of entertainment on offer.
Last time I went to this festival, I watched a comedy duo in an Indian wedding tent, then relaxed on the grass while a musician mesmerised the gathering crowd with improvised loop pedal creations.
In 2016, festival goers will be able to experience an interactive games theme park, called WonderWorld; explore and learn in the World Kitchen; and be amazed by an inflatable sculpture that overtakes the rotunda of the Edinburgh Gardens.
The website does not yet feature a detailed program of shows or events happening over the three days. However I would advise not going in with any expectations, rather a willingness to try new things.
Where else do you get to listen to, or even join, an orchestra of toy instruments or compete in a 'So You Think You Can Interpretive Dance' competition?
There are also crafty workshops, a music program, and great food and drink, which are a must at any festival. You really can get your hands dirty, create fun memories, be entertained and maybe even learn something. The Village Festival has something for everyone.
The main music program includes Gypsy, Latin, brassy hip-hop, smoking jazz and so much more.
Your donation upon entry will be shared amongst festival artists and performers. With so much to enjoy for free once you're inside, the suggested amount of $5 for children and $10 for adults or 0.0005% of your annual income is a pretty good deal.