The arts and music playground that is The Secret Garden Party has announced a new Art and Expression theme for 2014: ‘Goodbye Yellowbrick Road’.
2013’s festival was themed with ‘Superstition’ and this year holds an equally unique theme to help Gardeners escape from the drags of everyday life. 2014’s theme invites those who are: ‘sickened by commercial gigolos and the false promise of fame and Fortune achievable only through wearing the right deodorant’ to join them in “[…]saying ‘Goodbye (to the) Yellow Brick Road’ and its promise of (social/financial) redemption.”
As well as 2014’s theme, Secret Garden Party have also announced their first artist in the form of Max Raabe & the Palast Orchester. Max and his Palast Orchester specialise in recreating the sound of German dance and film music from the 1920s and 30s and after almost two years of chasing, they’ll be bringing their unique sound inside the Garden gates.
The principle held most closely to the party is that of participation. To ensure that this principle is upheld, Secret Garden Party is giving over half of all programming money back to the Gardeners, in the form of arts and expression grants.
These grants allow creative Gardeners to produce an art installation, run an action camp, curate a parade, build an art boat or a tree house, devise a fire show, host a workshop, make an art car; safe to say all kinds of creative projects are welcome. Whatever you may want to do, submit an application to the Secret Garden Party to help make your vision part of 2014’s event. For more information on participation or for an application form visit: http://secretgardenparty.com/2014/forms/SGP_Participation_2014.pdf
Described by The Times as “[…] a self-contained escapist Utopia” and The Guardian as “The surreal hedonist’s retreat”, the Garden Party will be returning to Mill Hill Field in Abbots Ripton in Cambridgeshire between the 24-27 July 2014. Early bird tickets have now sold out, adult tickets are available from £175.00 plus booking fee and payment installment plans are available.
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