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Sat, May 06




Join us for this wonderful community event on the Big Field at Sunrise Waldorf School. Get out your whites, bring a picnic and a rug and enjoy the live music, dancing, acrobatics and merry-making. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Sunrise as well. Maypole dancing starts at 10:45am.

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Time & Location

May 06, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Duncan, 2148 Lakeside Rd, Duncan, BC V9L 6M3, Canada


About the event

Mayfest at Sunrise Waldorf School

As the Valley begins to wake up, as the buds open on the trees and the small creatures in the forests around us come out from their winter burrows, the children at Sunrise Waldorf School are busily preparing for one of the most joyous events of the year; Mayfest! They are learning to dance around the tall Maypole, weaving in and out, each with their brightly coloured ribbon until at last they have made a beautiful woven pattern down the pole. They are practicing their instruments and their spring songs, and helping to gather willow fronds and flowers for the flower crowns they will each wear on the special day.

Mayfest is an annual tradition at our school, and always a day of music, laughter, dancing, and games. After a long winter, the children especially are eager to get out into the bright air and enjoy the colours, sights and sounds of a festival that always tells us Spring is officially here.

Starting with Grade 1, the children perform progressively more complex Maypole dances to live music provided by Grade 7, and Grade 8 show off their stilt-walking and circus acts. Island Thyme Morris dancers from Victoria have become a familiar part of the celebrations, as well as a small handful of local vendors selling handmade trinkets and tasty treats.

We welcome people from the wider community to sit on the grass and enjoy the music and dancing, and perhaps learn a little more about our wonderful little school!

Bring a picnic. This is a cash only event.

Jenni Lewis, Sunrise Parent and Waldorf alum

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