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Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival, straw festival.

The Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival  The 2016 festival is on January  15th, 16th and 17th, 2016. The festival is held in Whittlesey which is located between the city of Peterborough and the town of March in England.,

The town’s Straw Bear Festival, held the second weekend in January every year, sees a performer don a 70 pound metal and straw costume and parade through the town’s streets, accompanied by a motley crew of Appalachian dancers, Morris dancers and a decorative plough. The curious tradition – more than 200 years old, and with unknown origins – was banned in 1909 for its association with begging (the bear used to dance in exchange for money, food or beer), and was only revived in 1980.   The festival now draws thousands of visitors annually.


Eija Koski himmeli bookShould you be in Japan, an exhibition of  48 straw himmelli’s by  Finland’s Eija Koski will be on display from February 1-16, 2016 in Tokyo.







The California Straw Arts Guild will be hosting their Convention February 26-28, 2016 in Lincoln CalifornCalifornia Straw Arts Guild, CSAGia.  Swiss thread work will be the focus of many of the workshops offered.   For those of you interested in Swiss Straw work, this convention may be one you plan to attend.



National Association of Wheat Weavers, NAWWThe National Association of Wheat Weavers will be hosting their 2016 convention in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The dates are April 13-17, 2016.  For more information, please contact them here.



pattern  of straw-marquetry-atelier-viollet-2One thousand and One is a straw marquetry  exhibition that will be held at The Church of Saint Florentin ( in Ambose, France) from June 18-July 10, 2016 in France.



We have just learned an International Straw Festival is being organized in Wola Sękowa and Sank  Poland July 15-22,  2016.  More news may be found here.




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