OPEN SESSION: Playing With Sound: nature, dance, and soundmaking

Thursday, April 28, 2022
2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Stanmer Park

A playful and fun exploration of Sussex folk dance and music, inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Stanmer Park, Brighton.

About this event

Join Bela Emerson (Brighton & Hove Music for Connection) & Anna Schwarz (Brighton Ceilidh Collective) of Hollingdean Wednesdays for an exciting, free creative session exploring Sussex folk dances and tunes, using what we find in nature as inspiration.

This is a playful workshop space for curiosity and exploration – no previous experience or particular ability is needed.

The session forms part of Brighton & Hove Music for Connection’s Stanmer Sounds sessions, as part of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Stanmer Park Restoration Project.

What to expect

Based on our Hollingdean Folk Sessions, we’ll be playing / moving to/ developing local folk-based rhythms. No playing or dance experience is required, and people can join in as much or as little as they wish. We’ll be walking round the One Garden area (circular walk up to 1.5 miles in total) taking inspiration from beautiful Stanmer in springtime: trees, flowers, foliage, birdsong.


There have been lots of changes to the park during the Restoration Project, so this is a chance to get to know the park in a new way.

Stanmer Sounds attendee: ‘I really enjoyed the space to be playful with other people’.


Is this for me?

All adults and accompanied children are welcome to take part in the sessions. No music-making or particular movement experience is necessary, just an openness to take part and try new things.

All participants can contribute as they wish.

If you have any questions, please contact us to discuss.

Is this a course or a drop-in?

You can book just one session or sign up for others as they become available – it’s up to you. Each session is unique; please see the website for details of each one. Sessions are funded by Brighton & Hove City Council – they’re free, but places are limited, so if you book, please turn up!