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Sweep's Festival

Anyone who has ever been to Rochester’s Sweeps Festival will be familiar with the sights and sounds that accompany over a hundred troops of morris dancers brought together in one city. The blackened faces, the bright strips of cloth sewn together, the ringing of bells as dancers take their steps, and the strains of folk music from violins and squeeze boxes. It was this vibrant atmosphere that inspired the collection of artworks. The exhibition tries to capture something of the excitement of the Sweeps Festival, as well as reflecting on the way in which it lifts people from their everyday lives. Through this collection of ideas it was hoped to portray something of the life of the sweep, whilst having some fun with the subject matter!