Midwinter cheer

The medieval period in Europe is an endlessly rich source of inspiration, and it's nourishing to celebrate the cold midwinter with music and dance, says Jonathan Cweorth, of the Dunedin Medieval and Renaissance Society.

This year's midwinter celebration includes performances on Friday night and workshops on Saturday.

"Choreomania", tomorrow at 7pm in St Paul's Cathedral Crypt features medieval, Renaissance and baroque dance and music.

Groups involved include musicians Rare Byrds, French dance group Les Belles Vilaines, Playford Dancers, Jack Frost morris dancers, Panache with music and readings, and Martin Takac, who plays Slovakian bagpipes.

On Saturday June 19, the society is offering free workshops on topics including French folk dancing, English country dances, morris dancing, a puppet show, a presentation on Renaissance herbal medicine and a recorder recital.

It starts at 10.30am in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery conference room.


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