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Lines on Latitude…

July 19, 2010

The Geography Collective’s summer of festivals has been continuing with a trip to Suffolk for the Latitude Festival, where the tent went up in the Kid’s Field as showers came and went, and then the heat on the final day triggered dust devils in the straw… Micro-climates and major crowds… Mating damselflies, and flower garlands…

We had a stream of young explorers keen to experience the festival in different ways, armed with our mission sheets, prismatic viewers and active imaginations. Once again, we had wide-ranging discussions with the grown-ups about the nature of geography and exploration, and also met our competition winners, and some Twitter friends.
Once the exploring workshops were over, members of the collective were free to enjoy the music and the cold beers. Latitude is known for having a thriving range of literature, comedy, theatre and other cultural events as well as the music.
I enjoyed sitting in the sun listening to Mumford & Sons, Yeasayer in the Word tent, and some comedic action. The highlight by far was meeting Jonsi, and his 45 minute set in the evening which was ecstatic, soaring and symphonic, leaving the audience who were privileged to see it wandering into the night with grins on their faces and, for some, tears streaming down their cheeks… (not me though… Mission:Explorers are made of sterner stuff…)
Next stop… The Secret Garden Party !!

Images by Sally & Alan P

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