Around the World in Eight Nations — Oxford Festival of the Arts

Around the World in Eight Nations

Youth event

A day of festivities for all ages in celebration of eight major cricketing nations. Experience the excitement of our World Cup cricket tournament, enjoy street food from all around the world, drop in to our themed activity stations, learn something new in one of our workshops - or be the ultimate all-rounder and try them all!

U10s World Cup Cricket Tournament: Come and watch teams of Oxfordshire’s finest young cricketers, each representing one of our eight cricketing nations, battle it out on the pitch throughout the day. Which country will emerge victorious?
T-shirts kindly sponsored by Elmer Cotton.10.30-17.00Free (no ticket required)School Field

Sunday Sports: If the cricket tournament has got you feeling sporty, try your hand at a selection of drop-in activities with Oxford Council’s Sport and Active Communities team. From table tennis to hook a duck, there’s something for everyone, whatever your age.
10.30-17.00Free (no ticket required)School Field

Storytelling Journeys: Local children have worked with acclaimed author Sylvia Bishop and illustrator Ashley King to create stories and illustrations around the theme of journeys, which they will present on the day. The participants will be joined by actress and storyteller Amantha Edmead, who will herself present African and Caribbean stories recounting tales of journeys old and new.
10.00-11.30
Free (no ticket required)
The Storytelling Tent

Carribé Steel Band: Carribé bring a touch of sunshine and carnival to the Festival with their soulful, playful rhythms. Performing throughout the day, the pannists will delight you with a selection of authentic and joyful Caribbean sounds. If you’re feeling inspired, why not join them for a workshop and have a go yourself?
10.30-17.00
Free (no ticket required)
Rose Garden

Drop-in Quilting: Drop by and make a colourful square for the Quilters’ Guild to add to their latest quilting creation, using the classic piecework pattern Trip around the World.
10.30-17.00
Free (no ticket required)
School Field

Surfing Rodeo: Try our fast-paced test of balance and agility. Imagine you’re overlooking the white sands of Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach, where surfing isn’t just a sport - it’s a lifestyle! Will you be a novice or a seasoned pro?
11.00-16.00
Small charge (no ticket required)
School Field



Bead Badges: Taking inspiration from the beautiful beadwork of South Africa, create a simple but effective bead badge with the flag of one of the cricketing nations being celebrated here today.
12.00-16.00
Free (no ticket required)
School Field


A Nice Cup of Tea: Drop in for a nice cup of tea, interspersed with poetry and song from Euton Daley and Amantha Edmead. Discover how, through this simple everyday act, we are all linked to the history of Empire, trade and transatlantic slavery. Small donation requested for tea, coffee and cake.
12.00-16.00
Free (no ticket required)
School Field

Cultural Crafts: Get creative at one of our crafts stations whilst learning about arts and culture from around the world, including Sri Lankan masks, foil elephants, kites and dot painting.
12.00-17.00
Free (no ticket required)
School Field

Afro-Carribbean Dance Workshop: Join us for an Afro-Caribbean inspired fitness fusion, created by Cuban dancer and choreographer Pilo Selguera Peso. The session will incorporate African and Caribbean rhythms with an up-tempo dance workout. This experience will teach you how to dance whilst exploring a variety of rhythms, including Afrobeat, Soca, Dancehall, Reggaeton and Merengue.
14.00-15.00
Free (no ticket required)
School Field

#EndingTheSilence: Euton Daley and Amantha Edmead perform a programme of work that kick-starts a year of remembrance and celebration surrounding the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks in 1948 from the West Indies, and with it the first large post-war immigration into Britain. It explores the Black Diaspora experience and struggles for equality, justice and human rights, asking: where are our heroes, history makers and change makers? Why are so few recognised in our history books or halls of fame?

Copies of Euton's book, #EndingTheSilence, will be available after the performance.

16.00-16.45
Free (no ticket required)
The Storytelling Tent