Mad about Waddesdon

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2012 promises to be the best ever year for the MAD about Waddesdon Festival – with over 2800 performers taking part in the two day event this year!

On Saturday and Sunday there will be a fast-paced weekend of performances, workshops and art celebrating the best of talent in Buckinghamshire and beyond!

MAD stands for Music, Arts, Dance and Drama, and the MAD about Waddesdon event is their annual summer music and arts festival, initiated by Lord Rothschild and now in its seventh year.

During this weekend, the grounds of Waddesdon Manor are transformed to create an event which offers something for everyone – music, art, dance and drama, and in plentiful supply!

Groups, schools, individuals, amateur and professional performers are all waiting to entertain you, and for those that want to join in the fun, there are a range of workshops to appeal.

Each year the open air event continues to attract a large audience of over 15,000 visitors from across the county and beyond, and plans for 2012 promise that this could be the best yet!

There are over 100 acts confirmed for 2012, performers include Urban Strides (street dance), Rowan Carter (solo vocalist) and Justine Hart (African drumming).

Local artist Stu McLellan will be creating pieces inspired by one of the new exhibitions in the Manor for 2012 (“Playing. Learning, Flirting: Printed Board Games from 18th Century France”).

There will be a primary school art competition with a prize of £1,000 for the winning school and Aylesbury College will be transforming the Wine Cellars with an art exhibition.

2012 workshops include laughter yoga, singing, drama, cheerleading, Hawaiian hula & belly dance, street dance, and even West End Stage – Shrek!

Andy Holmes, winner of the competition will be compering the Pavilion stage over the weekend. He said, “I’m really looking forward to playing my part in showcasing some of the fantastic musical talent that Buckinghamshire is producing through it’s schools and community. It’s a varied menu of eclectic acts which I’m sure will offer something for everyone, so it’s well worth getting your tickets and making a day of it, if not a weekend!”

For the younger visitors, there will be a special Children’s Zone, and we are delighted to announce that Peppa Pig and George will be appearing at intervals on Saturday in this area. On both Saturday and Sunday there will be lots of fun activities on offer with story telling, face painting, children’s rides, craft activities and much more!