Wild Rumpus announces new Timber festival
Just So Festival promoter Wild Rumpus today announced the launch of Timber, a three-day ‘forest festival’ set to debut next July in the UK’s National Forest.
Like Just So, Timber’s offering will include music, poetry, the arts, food and other family friendly entertainment, but with a special emphasis on “the transformative impact of forest”. It will be co-produced and the National Forest Company, the nonprofit that manages the 200-square-mile National Forest which straddles Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire and is the first new forest to be created in England for more than a millennium.
Music-wise, there will be three main stages, complemented by a line-up featuring writers, artists, poets, philosophers, scientists and more, all of whom will “help us re-imagine what woodlands and trees mean to us, how we live in nature and will examine our relationship with the world around us”, says Wild Rumpus.
A not-for-profit event, Timber is a festival with “sustainability at its heart”, aiming to be carbon neutral and 100% powered by renewable energy. It will take place at Feanedock, a 70-acre woodland site in the heart of the forest.
“We can’t wait to welcome audiences to the first festival, which will provide incredible and transformational experiences and, we hope, fast become a solid addition to the UK festival scene”
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the National Forest Company to create Timber together,” say Wild Rumpus directors Sarah Bird and Rowan Hoban in a joint statement. “We can’t wait to welcome audiences to the first festival, which will provide incredible and transformational experiences and, we hope, fast become a solid addition to the thriving UK festival scene.”
John Everitt, chief executive of the National Forest Company, adds: “Timber is both a celebration and statement of intent: a celebration of how the National Forest has transformed 200 square miles of the English Midlands, and a statement of intent to create an international movement to champion forests. The festival will shine a spotlight on trees as a catalyst for change.”
The full programme for Timber, which runs from 6 to 8 July, will be released in early 2018.