***** WELCOME TO BLAKESTOCK 2019! *****
3 DAYS OF POETRY, PEACE AND MUSIC!
15TH, 16TH, 17TH AUGUST 2019
Glastonbury evokes the Spirit of Britain’s Great Artist, Poet and Avatar in an illuminating three days of Word, Picture and Song. An Open-Hearted Community Celebration for All, whether you are new to the work of William Blake or a long standing admirer.
Events will take place through 15TH to 17TH AUGUST in various locations around Glastonbury Town: The Market Cross, Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury Town Hall, and Glastonbury Assembly Rooms. These will feature YOU! – Anyone who would like to read a poem/be involved! Please send us a message: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have top speakers sharing their wisdom about the great artist and wordsmith and a fantastic line up of brilliant Glastonbury musicians and performers, along with wonderful guests from London and Europe.
THURS 15TH, 1PM TO 3PM:
Blake poetry at the Market Cross. Come and recite your favourite!
If you know which poem you would like to read, please send us a message as soon as possible so that we can book in your slot.
You do not need to be an expert! This is an interactive community recital for EVERYONE to have fun with, to enjoy, to get to know Blake’s poems better.
FRI 16TH, 11AM:
Blake’s words on King Arthur recited in Glastonbury Abbey by the tomb. Usual Abbey entrance fee applies.
FRI 16TH, 7.30PM:
Town Hall: Memory of a Free Festival: The Flying Saucer Vision.
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the free festival that inspired David Bowie’s UFOlogical anthem. Author, Paul Weston will give a presentation on psychedelic Earth Mysteries UFOlogy, which will include Glastonbury visionary Gino Gennaro’s encounter with Venusian fairies on the Tor that inspired his Blake-illustrated book.
The Mystics of Avalon will perform a musical set that will conclude Friday with the Bowie song.
* Dress code: UFO cultist/entity/1969 Free Festival *
SAT 17TH, 1PM - 5PM:
Assembly Rooms: An exciting afternoon of talks by wonderful speakers.
Paul Weston: Glastonbury Golgonooza
Nick Owen: Blake and Mindfulness
Peter Fraser: Blake’s Chaucer
Before the start and at the end of the Saturday talks programme there will be a screening of the short film, Chartered Streets, by Jeremy Wooding and Neil Spencer.
This stars Julian Firth and Pauline Melville, with voiceover by Billy Bragg. It is an exquisite piece: A contemporary view of London through the poetry of William Blake.
‘William Blake was, and is, important as an artist, a poet, a moral philosopher and as a critic, both of art and of literature. Not only was he exceptional in all these fields and not only are they are all to be found in all his work, but they are to be found complete in everything he did, however minor.
Nowhere is this as clear as it is in his work on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. This centres on a substantial painting, his engraving of it, the largest plate he engraved, and the writing in “The Descriptive Catalogue” where almost as much space is given to this one painting as to the other fifteen in the exhibition. By looking at these it is possible to readily understand many aspects of Blake’s amazing and complex philosophy’.
During Saturday afternoon we will also welcome further special guests.
8PM (Doors open at 7pm):
An evening of musical surprises during which Artists and Musicians will perform the poems of William Blake set to extraordinary music.
* Dress code: William Blake Meets Free Festival 1969 *
* STRANGE MYSTERY FLOWER * MICHAEL LAW *
* MICHAEL TYACK * JUDGE SMITH * JENNY BLISS *
* BRAKEMAN * MARTY RADCLIFFE *
* NATHAN LEWIS WILLIAMS * JAMES NORTH *
* THE MYSTICS OF AVALON * CHARLEY BARLEY *
The recommended ticket is the all-in weekend ticket which gives access to Friday evening’s UFOlogy/Free Festival Talk at Glastonbury Town Hall, to all events on Saturday afternoon at Assembly Rooms AND to the full music event on Saturday evening. Individual tickets (per talk/event) are also available.