What is IVFDF ?
IVFDF stands for 'Inter Varsity Folk Dance Festival' it is an exciting
and dynamic festival held at a different university each year. IVFDF has
been running since 1951 and is the country's longest continually running
folk festival. The tour so far spans over 20 locations as far apart as
Exeter in the south and Glasgow in the north. You don't have
to be a student to go, just vaguely young or energetic. The Festival is
particularly aimed at students, but it is open to everyone and caters
for a wide range of ages and interests with numerous ceilidhs and workshops
covering a wide range of dance styles - Scottish Country, Highland, Morris,
Rapper Sword, Irish, and Playford are typical examples, with plenty of
more exotic workshops varying from year to year.
The keyword is FESTIVAL: basically, hundreds of people
attending for three days and two nights of intense dancing, playing music
and singing, until they are unbelievably exhausted; A non-stop weekend
of music and dance from the British Isles and beyond - there is the option
of sleep for those who can bear to miss something.
Who goes to IVFDF ?
In general the answer is anyone with an interest in lively, young, energetic
folk music and dance. Because the festival is aimed in particular at universities
it is attended by large numbers of students, ex-students and staff from
all around the country - although in some cases ex-student means 30 years
or so. But just because it is aimed at students does not mean that we
limit who can attend. Anyone who is willing to enjoy and participate is
If you would like to find out more details on participating organisations
can be found on their individual web sites available from our Links
section or a full list of members who attended the last reps meeting
can be found at the start of the minutes
for each IVFDF Representatives meeting.
Finding out more about IVFDF
This site contains prolific quantities of information about the festival
including a complete history,
photos and details
of the constitution however if that is not enough for you there is
also a mailing list available that you can join
and an archive of postings
to the mailing list is available on the site.