Ferment

Arts + Ecology Festival

Culture | Nature | Connection

23rd September – 1st October 2022 

FERMENT is an arts and ecology festival which explores fermentation in its broadest sense – of both fermenting food and also ideas – and offers an exciting range of activities with food and art as mediums for creative engagement.

Through free art trails around the Dartington Estate, talks, performances and workshops, we will be exploring the metamorphoses that fermentation represents.

Ferment is a collaboration with CYLAND MediaArtLab, which houses the largest archive of Eastern European video art online, presenting exhibitions around the world.

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Join us for our opening gathering where there will be guided tours of the exhibits, a DJ session on the Great Lawn and tasty fermented food and drink.  The MA Arts and Ecology students will also be presenting an exhibition of work in the Gallery and some other site specific happenings.

Both weekends will offer concerts, family theatre, talks and active food fermentation workshops.  Saturday morning kicks off with Butter Aerobics class outside the Welcome Centre, followed by some hands-on krautchi and sourdough workshops over the two weekends. LAS theatre are bringing their joyful, outdoor performance for families, The Rascally Diner, and we are delighted to be welcoming brilliant singer-songwriter Ana Silvera. During the weekday evenings, the exhibits will remain open until 9pm, and will be accompanied by a special installation of Eclipse, a video and sound installation in the Great Hall which will start after dusk each day.

Dirty Electronics will also be running workshops in schools in Torbay and Newton Abbot throughout the festival.

CYLAND was founded in 2007 and is a non-profit organisation dedicated to expanding the intersection of Art and Technology through an annual international festival CYFEST, visual exhibitions, sound art, video art, and educational programming. CYFEST has grown into the biggest New Media event in Eastern Europe, and is dedicated to bringing international New Media artists abroad, uniting the global innovation community through incubating artist & technologist collaborations.

We hope you’ll come and explore the concoction of arts, technology and fermented food and drink at this year’s Ferment.

…or browse the full programme below. We look forward to seeing you there!

programme

Friday 23 September

exhibition: 'navigating'

Students from our Arts & Ecology MA programme invite you to view their work-in-progress, exploring the interconnected nature of the active, alive and evolving world.

11am-4pm

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workshop: Introduction to Fermenting Wine

Come and learn how we humans have learned to tame this most natural of processes, fermentation, to make reliably great-tasting wine, beer and cider.

2pm

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Family Workshop with Moor to Sea Music Collective

Cook up a musical masterpiece with Moor to Sea in a drop-in workshop for all ages and abilities!
5.30pm – 8.30pm

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Ferment Festival: Opening Night DJ

Join us in our atmospheric Great Hall for our opening night party with the superb Drayson delivering the tunes, and great food and drink to enjoy include sourdough toasties.

5.30pm – late

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saturday 24 September

Family Workshop with Moor to Sea Music Collective

Cook up a musical masterpiece with Moor to Sea in a drop-in workshop for all ages and abilities!
10am – 12.30pm

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exhibition: 'navigating'

Students from our Arts & Ecology MA programme invite you to view their work-in-progress, exploring the interconnected nature of the active, alive and evolving world.

11am-4pm

info >

Butter Aerobics: Feel the Churn!

This energetic workshop mixes exercise, techno music, and conceptual art to produce a take-home dairy butter spread!

11.30am/12.30pm

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workshop: Introduction to Fermenting Wine

Come and learn how we humans have learned to tame this most natural of processes, fermentation, to make reliably great-tasting wine, beer and cider.

2pm

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gig: Ana Silvera

Ana Silvera is a London-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose folk and bluegrass-tinged tunes are lyrical, intimate and emotive.

7.30-9pm

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sunday 25 September

exhibition: 'navigating'

Students from our Arts & Ecology MA programme invite you to view their work-in-progress, exploring the interconnected nature of the active, alive and evolving world.

11am-4pm

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KRAUTCHI: Sauerkraut meets Kimchi

Get fermenting and create ‘Sauerkraut’s exotic cousin’ with the King and Queen of fermentation, Faze Ali and Voirrey Waterson.

10am

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theatre: the rascally diner

Everybody clap your pans – it’s time for The Rascally Diner!

Cook up a stink as part of Rufus Skumskins O’Parsleys’ kitchen crew or bring a pot to bang and ward off evil cakes in this fun-filled, messy performance about food.

11.30am/1.30pm

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monday 26 – friday 30 september

Cyland Art Trail

Explore the incredible installations that have taken over Dartington, created by the innovative Cyland MediaArtLab.

All day

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exhibition: 'navigating'

Students from our Arts & Ecology MA programme invite you to view their work-in-progress, exploring the interconnected nature of the active, alive and evolving world.

11am-4pm

info >

SATURDAY 1 october

Cyland Art Trail

Explore the incredible installations that have taken over Dartington, created by the innovative Cyland MediaArtLab.

All day

info & map >

exhibition: 'navigating'

Students from our Arts & Ecology MA programme invite you to view their work-in-progress, exploring the interconnected nature of the active, alive and evolving world.

11am-4pm

info >

workshop: the power of sourdough

There is so much to do with your sourdough starter! Come and find out in this jam-packed workshop how to bake bread in an ancient, yet timeless way.

1.30pm

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Ferment the Nectar: Festival Closing Party

As autumn draws near, you are warmly welcomed to join us for an evening of storytelling, music and performance in the Great Hall, as we celebrate the seasons turning.

5-8pm

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