Festinho: magic and barminess

Charitable boutique festival winds up the great british summer

As we enter into August we arrive at one of my favourite times of year – Festinho – favourite too of the Guardian it seems, voting it Top Ten best small festival. Albeit small, it’s perfectly formed, and spanning the bank holiday weekend it captures everything I love about festivals – inspiring music and a healthy dose of magic and barminess – all with a Brazilian twist. To top it all off it raises money for the ABC Trust, helping street kids in Brazil.

I performed there and loved it last year, so I can’t wait to return, and the line up features wonderful acts like Hexstatic, Belleruche, Eliza Carthy, Alexander Wolfe, Natema, and Jon Kennedy. Music aside there are so many quirky details that make the festival special; I have fond memories of watching circus acts at midnight in the beautifully decorated woods, and doing a few numbers in the KaraUke tent (karaoke accompanied by 8 ukulele players – genius).

There’s something very unique about Festinho, as though the charitable undertone of the festival creates a real openness amongst people, making for a gorgeous atmosphere. I don’t want to wish away sacred summer days, but these ones can’t come soon enough.

by Heather McClell


27th-29th August, £70
Hinwick House, Bedfordshire

One Comment

  1. TPL

    sounds great

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