Saturday 21 December 2016


A very special start to our Festival of the Dark, and great thanks to Olympia Ballroom for hosting the night so beautifully. The evening began with dinner, in the dark, whilst Edward Chilvers treated us to a recital of his polyrhythmic compositions. The frisson of the dark stirred conversations not dissimilar to those heard at weddings, but people gradually allowed themselves to sink into the unique nature of the experience, and to make the most of this opportunity. A spoken word exploration of darkness followed, written by Jennifer Leach and performed by herself and Racquel Jory-Phelps.

...And I am telling you this in the Dark

In the Dark I am telling you this

Yet my words are unlit

In the Dark I am passing you unlit words

That you cannot see

My words are searching the darkness

Seeking you whom I cannot see

And yet, and yet, and yet

     It is in the darkness that we meet

     And together we wash

The overwintering seed.

Edward shared his Bwiti harp music from Gabon, and the evening ended with a sound bath from Padimi Healing Sounds. Gongs, wooden flutes, voice, drums, singing bowls and more, wove a meditative tapestry of Sound that fell upon us as the blessing it was.

the gong

 Best feedback: "A beautifully healing evening." Andrea

"We were disappointed that it was not dark enough." Lots of people


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