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It is with great pleasure that we unveil the programme for Hat Fair 2012. As ever we have spent the last 12 months beavering away to bring you the best that the international street arts circuit has to offer. Alongside your usual favourites you will also find a number of new additions to the programme including our Small Wonders area for pre-school children, three very special ‘Hidden Hat Fair’ shows, Big Dance at the Great Hall, an Outdoor Living Room, a giant made out of shipping containers and much, much more. It’s going to be a great year. See you there! Kate Hazel Artistic Director

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When y ou see th logo do n’t forg is et t put you r mone o y in the hat ! A message from sponsors BOSI: We are delighted and proud to be sponsoring Hat Fair this year, as part of which we will be bringing our success laboratory to the Brooks Shopping Centre. At BioOrganism Substrate Industries we endeavour to discover and harvest only the highest quality of success around the nation – and we have no doubt that Winchester will register in the top 1% of Successful Cities. Dr Sydney Rann, CEO, Bio-Organism Substrate Industries

Over the weekend we’ll have a number of our volunteers out rattling buckets. Please give us a fiver, and we’ll sticker you up to say thank you. Can’t make it to the Festival? Don’t have any loose change? You can also donate to us from your phone. Give us £5 by texting the message HTFR12 £5 to 70070. We hope you enjoy this year’s Hat Fair. Believe it or not, this three day event takes a whole year to prepare, plan and develop. Our small team works hard to bring you an exciting, unexpected and funfilled programme, packed full of the best street arts and artists from all around the world. Although Hat Fair started as a hatting festival we now also have a large and diverse programme of artists who are paid to appear at the festival. We also invest a lot of money in the creation of new work so that we can continue to bring you cutting edge performances.


Most of our events are completely free, and have been for the last 38 years, but increasingly it is becoming more and more difficult to maintain the levels of funding required to stage an event of this scale.

This is where you can help. You can show your appreciation to some of the artists by throwing some money in their hats – but you can also play a part in keeping Hat Fair on the streets by giving the Festival a fiver! We’re expecting 40,000 to visit Hat Fair over the weekend… if only 5,000 people gave us £5 we could raise £25,000 to invest in an even more fabulous and surprising show in 2013. Play your part, and Gimme Five!



Hat Fair opens on Friday with activity in all city centre zones from 12am-5pm. The brilliant evening event ‘Invasion’, from Dutch company Close Act, will be held in the Broadway from 8.30-9.30pm.

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Saturday sees a fantastic high-octane Hat Fair mix of performances in all city centre zones from 12am-6pm, with a Tea Dance running from 6-9.30pm in the Broadway. Spectacular evening entertainment ‘Waterlitz’ from French company Générik Vapeur, will be held at King George V Playing Fields, Bar End from 9.30-10.30pm. On Sunday a gentler mood prevails as Hat Fair moves to Oram’s Arbour for a relaxed family day of engaging shows from a range of wonderful performers. Events will begin at midday and run until 5pm, followed by a fabulous evening finale from fabulous Square Peg Circus, based on the story of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, at River Park from 7-8pm.


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Festival Zones

This year we have identified each part of the festival by ‘zone’ so it is easier to find the activities you are looking for. Whether you want to dance the day away or simply relax with friends there is a zone to suit all tastes and ages. You will find more information about specific acts and where they are performing in the Fun of the Fair section.

The Brooks

Fri 12-8pm, Sat 12-5pm

Outside The Brooks is a great place to go for your favourite hatting acts. Inside The Brooks the all-weather space has a brilliant performance from Upswing on Fri (4pm + 7pm) and Sat (12pm + 4pm) and you can look out for Hat Fair sponsors BOSI and their ‘Sweet Smell of Success’ unit inside the Brooks.


(Outer Close & Inner Close)

A Hat Fair favourite, the Cathedral Outer Close is the heart of the festival playing host to a variety of high octane shows and workshops on Fri (12pm - 5pm) and Sat (12pm - 6pm).


This year the Cathedral Inner Close will host not one but two new shows from Tumble Circus and C12/Shaun Parker.

Big Dance 2012

Great Hall/Law Courts, Sat 12-6pm

The UK’s biggest outdoor dance event of 2012 comes to the Hat Fair. Managed by Hampshire Dance, Big Dance is the ultimate dance experience and you are invited to join in! Workshops in a wide selection of dance styles are available, come and try your hand at Zumba, street dance or West Coast Swing and be wowed by outdoor performances, freerunning demos and dance theatre displays. There is something for everyone and the whole family…if you want to dance, want to watch dance or even once danced at Uncle John’s wedding COME AND GET INVOLVED! Find out more about Big Dance 2012 at

And on your way in and out of the Cathedral Close, look out for Arts & Crafts + Fairtrade stalls running down from The Square.


After 38 years the tradition of Hatting is alive and well at Hat Fair. After all it’s how we got our name! There are 4 hatting pitches this year in the city centre where you can come and see all manner of dare devilry and shenanigans from trick cycling to hula hooping and hand balancing to musical mayhem. Please remember, these performers come to Hat Fair from all over the world for FREE and rely on your generosity to make their appearances worthwhile. Please look out for the hatting symbol in the Fun of the Fair section and support their brilliant shows! You will find the Hatting pitches at: The Square Abbey Gardens The Bandstand on the Broadway Outside the Brooks Oram’s Arbour (Sun only)

The Family Picnic

Oram’s Arbour, Sun 12-5pm

On Sunday Hat Fair moves to the Arbour for a brilliant fun filled family day. Enjoy a multitude of fabulous performances, sample the delights of the food and arts and crafts stalls and see the best local talent flex their performing muscles on The People’s Stage. There will also be a hatting pitch on the High Street outside Natwest Bank on Sunday.

Générik Vapeur

King George V Playing Fields > Waterlitz, Saturday, 9.30-10.30pm Rounding off Saturday night in unforgettable style, French company Générik Vapeur bring their new show Waterlitz to Hat Fair. This breath-taking event centres on Omni Ideal X, a giant totem constructed from shipping containers. Bold, vast and full of colour, the show includes high-octane displays of pyrotechnics, aerial stunts and world-class street theatre that will set you thinking about society’s monster need to continually circle goods around the globe. Special travel arrangements are being made available for this show. Please see p.25 for more information. Co-producers : ZEPA, Marseille-Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture and French Ministry of Culture & Communication, with the support of the Adami.


Time Out, Abbey Gardens Fri 12-5pm, Sat 12-6pm

This year Abbey Gardens will be a relaxed space to eat and chill out in. Visit the scrumptious Food Market offering you a great selection of food and drink and take a little time out to sit on the grass. Or play an impromptu game of ping pong on the free tables. You will also find a hatting pitch in here and the beautiful new show by Fevered Sleep ‘Little Universe’ for children aged 3-5.

Weirs Walk Fri & Sat

(between the Bishop on the Bridge & Blackboy pubs)


Tilted Productions’ watery show, Seasaw, will find itself at home in the gardens along the river. Seasaw is inspired by the relationship between humans and water. Childhood memories of waterside holidays, thoughts on water pollution and global warming, all can be found in this entertaining and challenging trail of performance art and physical theatre vignettes. A brilliant and characteristic combination of vivid imagery, innovative dance and an integral use of props & set.

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Inside Out Heritage, Fri 6th 10am,-3pm > Procession from Oram’s Arbour via Law Courts, High St, Broadway to St Giles Hill

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The Outdoor Living Room on The Broadway

Transformed into an outdoor living room, the Broadway - complete with carpet and furniture - will become a hub for music and dancing including the return of Ragroof’s immensely popular Tea Dance and Close Act’s amazing Saurus’. Close Act > Invasion – Friday 8.30-9pm Dutch company Close Act kicks off 2012’s Hat Fair evening entertainment with an Invasion of giant beasts from prehistoric times. Large animals move through the audience. A mythical world comes alive. Animal voices resound. A dark figure appears, followed by prehistoric birds flying overhead and the creatures spread out on all sides, leaving people confused, unsure whether to run away or follow. The chaos is stopped by a magical song that attracts animals and calms them down! The audience stills. A unique experience. Grab some food in Abbey Gardens and join us in our front room (complete with a Bandstand!) for some dark doings and toe-tapping fun...

Performances inspired by the history of Winchester, at six of the city’s historical sites. Meet at Oram’s Arbour and walk to The Great Hall, site of the first performance. Enjoy this brilliant mix of performances from the Chesil Youth Theatre, Kings School, Winchester University, Henry Beaufort School, Peter Symonds College and the New Era CC Arts Company - plus clowning along the way. A fantastic way to learn something new about Winchester and the people who live here.

Small Wonders

at The Discovery Centre, Theatre Royal & Abbey Gardens

Fri 6 & Sat 7 July 10.00am to 4.00pm

Hat Fair in association with Theatre Royal Winchester and The Discovery Centre is proud to present Small Wonders, a day of activities, entertainment and performance for pre-school children and their families. Come along to the piazza outside the Discovery Centre and theatre on Jewry Street to discover a summer garden with green grass and deckchairs, and….. some delightful Small Wonders. Families and young children can enjoy all the fun, charm and surprises of Hat Fair in a space specially created away from the crowds in town. This is a ticketed event as places are limited. There are three sessions each day 10am - 12pm, 12pm - 2pm and 2pm - 4pm. Each session offers the same activities. Please obtain tickets from the Theatre Royal box office on 01962 840440 or buy online at In addition, children aged 3-5 can also enjoy Fevered Sleep’s brand new outdoor show ‘Little Universe’ in Abbey Gardens Tickets £3 adults and children over 5, under 5s FREE.

Square Peg Circus Theatre River Park is a one-show zone seeing out the 2012 Hat Fair in fine style on Sunday evening. > Rime – Sun, 7-8pm

Rime is a newly devised circus show based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, with thrilling acrobatics, song and story. Combining circus with theatre and dance, award-winning Square Peg Circus use group acrobatics and human towers, Chinese poles, ropes, flips and tricks to tell this beautiful haunting tale. Rime is co-commissioned by the National Theatre and is the company’s first full-length production. Square Peg are associate artists at the Roundhouse and Jacksons Lane. Rime ... is produced by Cirquit Productions Ltd, with generous support from... (ACE), The Hangar Arts Trust and Aircraft Circus, The University of East Anglia, Kiln Ideas Ltd and Throughline.


Hidden Hat Fair Fri, Sat, Sun

Looking for something special? An intimate show away from the rush and bustle? Ticketed shows in small and unusual venues increase the intensity and delight of this year’s Hat Fair. These exciting and moving performances use intimate and unusual venues to whisk you away from the crowded streets. For info and tickets, contact Theatre Royal Winchester Box Office on 01962 840440,


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Silvia Mercuriali > Wondermart A unique, interactive audio tour that takes you on a journey through the familiar surroundings of the supermarket. Wearing headphones, anonymous behind your trolley, you are guided around the aisles immersed in a private soundscape. The real blurs with the imaginary, and the ‘high density retail environment’ is rediscovered for decidedly non commercial reasons. Venue: Meet at the info point at Abbey Gardens on Fri & Sat and from info point on High St on Sun Tickets: £8 full price, £7 concessions ShadyJane > Sailing On Virginia Woolf was missing for days before being found drowned. Where she was all this time? In the ladies toilets - with Ophelia.. Our two half-drowned literary heroines become obsessed with passing patron, the tragic Romola. Can they coax her submerged memories from her? The ladies toilets are transformed in this imaginative and hauntingly beautiful piece. Venue: to be announced Tickets: £8 full price, £7 concessions

Tilted Productions > Seasaw Tilted Productions’ watery show, Seasaw, is inspired by the relationship between humans and water. Childhood waterside holidays, water pollution and global warming, are all mixed in this entertaining and challenging trail of performance art and physical theatre vignettes. Brilliantly vivid imagery, innovative dance and an integral use of props & set. Venue: Weirs Walk (between Bishop on the Bridge and Black Boy pubs)

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Tickets: Free from the Information Point in Abbey Gardens. Check timetable on the day for timings.


Just a minute’s walk from the High Street The beautiful backwater of Parchment Street welcomes visitors with the stunning Kite Flyer by Marzia Colonna, spanning the width of the road and framing this favourite shopping destination in the heart of Winchester. Brimming with arts & crafts, boutiques, jewellers and unusual independent shops, this jewel in the City’s crown is not to be missed.

Wine | Meat | Cheese | Coffee Visit us at 73 Parchment St


Sample our wines by the glass or relax with a bottle from the shelves and a platter from our deli in our bar area upstairs

Be a little different


Fabio Santos, urban moves guru, and fellow 3RUN performer are both part of the world leading professional performance team specialising in parkour / free running, martial arts & urban acrobatics. Providing high impact, visually provoking movement sequences that break the mould and push the boundaries of performance with a new breed of performance athlete.

Amazing Camera Obscura

They’ve appeared on Time Team, entertained festival goers at Glastonbury and wowed the crowds at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. You’ll be fascinated by the images projected inside Willett and Patteson’s Amazing Camera Obscura!


Don’t miss Bike Boy standing on bike seat and handlebars juggling a chainsaw, plus the funniest and fastest fire juggling routine in the world– all liberally laced with jokes! Then there’s the one about the boy on a bike on a 22ft pole, juggling an apple, a knife, a fire torch, a sword and a chainsaw...

Blue Apple Theatre > Hamlet


Arizona Jones

Abanti Chakrabarty & Ipsita Roy

Abanti and fellow classical Indian dance artist Dr Ipsita Roy will showcase solos and duets inspired by the monsoon season in India. The free style performances are heavily influenced by the classical Indian dance forms, Bharatnatyam and Odissi.

Wonder at whip-cracking, fire-spewing feats! Marvel at mesmerising magic! Howl at Sahara dry humour! Gasp at shameless exploitation of grand hyperbole! This satirical tribute to film icon Indiana Jones also features ludicrous dancing, surprisingly tasteful origami, and a 10 foot pole! Created by American/Australian comedian Tim Motley and performed in over 30 countries.

Blue Apple Theatre present scenes from their recent touring production of the most famous play in the world using William Jessop’s bold new adaptation of Shakespeare’s original text. Hamlet’s Father is dead. His Mother has married his Uncle. His girlfriend’s Dad says they can’t be together. And then the ghost turns up... Think you know Hamlet? Think Again www.blueappletheatre.

Bright Shadow > Salon Luminhaire

Hairy on the outside and all heart on the inside. In this salon for the mind, explore a world of stories, experiences and provocations that divert your attention to the kinder side of life. Salon Luminhaire’s staff will always be on hand to help you on your journey through this installation which spotlights, magnifies and celebrates the small things that make a difference. A Hat Fair commission.

C-12 Dance Theatre & Shaun Parker > Trolleys

Five supermarket trolleys randomly appear in a public space. Two meet and fall in love. One grapples to find a friend. Three others revolt and ignite a dance of anarchy. Part street dance, part ballet, part acrobatic spectacle, Trolleys is a high-octane, highly physical and humorous outdoor performance with a pounding electro-acoustic score. Trolleys is a Without Walls commission.

Commotion Dance > Ready or Not

An imaginative performance for ages 3-7 and their grown-ups using movement, music and a host of imaginative props, the dancers create a lively playground on stage. This captivating and colourful performance shows children the nature of playing together, making friends, and how to share and trust one another, as well as encouraging individual play.

Crazy Golf Company > Come and Play

The classic seaside game updated into a 21st century experience! Play nine unique holes on Cathedral Outer Close, designed for maximum fun and all tested by qualified pros. The staff of bunker hunks and bunker babes will provide you with all the equipment – and a little coaching. Please note there is a charge for this activity.

13 Company Chameleon > Push

Powerful and engaging dance artists Anthony Missen and Kevin Edward Turner explore the quality of touch and its physical and emotional resonance. Athletic yet sensitive, Push looks at the different stances we take as we relate to one another, - how at times we push to exert our dominance and at others submit and yield.

Dizzy O’Dare > The Last Apothecary

Victorian down and outs Floggit and Skarper return with their newest business venture, The Last Apothecary - a roaming treatment centre full of daft and nutty treatments for equally foolish ailments. If you suffer from knobbly knees, lazy husband syndrome or random levitation, Floggit and Skarper have the cure for you.

Fevered Sleep > Little Universe

From the biggest of galaxies to the smallest things in the world, Little Universe reveals the patterns and movements that set everything in motion. Visually striking and playfully anarchic Fevered Sleep presents a brand new performance for 3-5 year olds, created especially for the outdoors. Fevered Sleep makes outstanding performances for little people that explore really big ideas.


Fuzzy Logic > Consumed

Have you ever been taken over by an emotion so much that it blurs your reality –makes you forget what’s important to you? Then this is the show for you.. Founded by Choreographer Zoie Golding, FuzzyLogic is one of the leading male youth dance companies across the country. Pushing the boundaries of male contemporary dance they fuse a unique style of high tempo energy with exciting narrative.

Happy Stars

This incredible ‘rockers’ duo brings you acrobatic feats that mix circus skills and extreme sports like SKATEBOARD, BMX Frenetic Engineering and ..... SURF, together with > Femmes Fatal rockin’ LIVE music. Heavy A hilarious and hazardous female sound for crazy stunts. Come and duo. No ordinary showgirls, Milly see a visual show that’s 100% rock’n’roll, 100% comedy – and has danger for breakfast whilst 200% rock’n’comedy!!! incompetent Janice makes her stage debut. The unsuspecting Janice tries to survive a host of perils - High heels, frilly knickers, flying knives, fire and over excitement. Featuring the UK’s only female knife thrower. Look out!

HotchPotch > Ka-dunk-a-junk

A bewildered clan of six metallic outsiders roam the streets. Coming from a land where music is the main form of communication, they are powered only by rhythm, discovering this strange yet surprisingly harmonious world. Inspired by the unwanted, Ka-dunk-a-junk is a percussive walkabout act. Family audiences will love its light hearted bouffant nature.


The Street Squads of Winchester based dance company Integr8 show off their Hip – Hop, breaking and popping moves. Plus get your chance to throw some shapes in a street dance workshop with Integr8 director Charlotte Sapey.

Jan Blake

Jan Blake is one of our leading storytellers and has been performing worldwide for twentyfive years. Specialising in stories from Africa, the Caribbean, and Arabia, she has a wellearned reputation for dynamic and generous storytelling. Fresh from her residency at Hay Festival, she comes to Hat Fair with tales from far and near.

Jilted Pig > Poste de Resistance

La Cossas Nostra

Wannabe gangsters and Italian Two revolutionary postal workers fashion victims Mia Mine and Mr Vita invite you to enter their are forced underground in a bizarre and absurd world as they desperate bid to keep the post office alive. Armed with a belief welcome you to ‘la family’. A world filled with hairspray, fake in the magic of post, they are fighting the barrage of effortless gold and snake skin, the show appeals to audiences of all ages, communication that happens as this odd couple overcome at the click of a button. The disaster with small and satisfying unexpected world of Poste de Resistance is set in the back of a triumphs. Don’t miss the grand finale ‘rubber ducky fountainʼ transformed van.


One angry, small but passionate acrobat and a stupid, gigantic yet very lovable juggler. Together they make a show filled with Bollywood juggling, teeterboard dancing and handstands that ends with a high flying acrobatic grand finale.

Mat Ricardo

Reviving the almost-lost art of the gentleman juggler, Mat blends dazzling feats of LoL Brothers dexterity and balance with In a crazy, yet graceful, ambiance, the wit and timing of a skilled the LOL Brothers will take you stand-up comedian. He is known on a tour of the history of rock ‘n internationally for his signature roll music. With strength equal trick - the reverse tablecloth to that of the audience, brothers pull - but this is just one of the Juggling Jake Acee and DeeCee, a bold duo, many unique and astonishing Come and be entertained by create a universe where risk and tricks that he’s created... Juggling Jake who is a local humour give life to electrifying children’s entertainer. With his circus numbers, certain to cause funny, juggly, clowny antics, some form of hysteria...LOL... great magic shows and a fantastic variety of circus and juggling skills. He will bring along his huge box of circus stuff for everyone to have a go with, from plate spinning to diabolos, fun pedals, stilts and unicycles..


Mimbre > Falling Up

Falling Up is a physical tale of 4 women’s physicality, 4 real stories about 4 real bodies. Athlete, Performer or Model, there is no such thing as a perfect body, but each one is extraordinary. From the UK’s premier all female street theatre company Falling Up celebrates the beautiful reality of every body and what we’re capable of. A Hat Fair co-commission

PanGottic > Thingamabob

Inspired by the famous Heath Robinson Contraptions and Rube Goldberg Machines, Thingamabob is a spectacle which brings a ball slinging, self exploding contraption to mesmerising life. Using a mixture of circus, invention and comedy and presented with PanGottic’s charm and wit, Thingamabob captivates the audience right up until the moment the machine animates itself, its inventor and its audience. A Hat Fair cocommission.

Hampshire Dance presents a brand new urban dance piece which will be performed by the talented local young dancers of Most Wanted at the Torch Relay event in Portsmouth on Sunday 15 July. As the crew travels to Winchester this is your chance to see a sneaky preview of their exciting performance.

Kate Wright > Ding Dong Yvonne Calling

Ding Dong, Meet Yvonne! An Aussie beautician on a Mission! A combination of circus and comedy served up with a good dollop of cheese, this is one Australian story not to be missed as Yvonne launches a new range of cosmetics ‘ManVon’, make up...for him, full of hula hoop, juggling, bad magic and ridiculous humour. www.katewright. dingdong.html

> Creative Dance and Movement workshop for young children and their parent/guardians A fun and inspiring creative movement workshop including song, props and exploring the magical and wonderful world of words and letters. Let your child journey into language through music, movement and creativity! The workshop will give parents ideas to do at home as well as support your child’s development in movement.

Ragroof Theatre Company > Ragroof Tea Dance

Most Wanted


Peek-a- Boo Moves

Park Bench Dance Theatre > Wait for the Beginning

‘Wait for the Beginning’ is a charming and light-hearted piece which looks at the relationship between two women and their struggle for independence and courage. This playful dance is set in the 1950s and is performed on and around a park bench. Each different location adds a new dimension to the performance.

Ragroof Theatre hosts a stylish afternoon tea dance for all ages and levels of experience. Come and trip the light fantastic to the sounds of the roaring ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s and experience the glamorous heyday of ballroom dance, with a dash of luscious Latin and scintillating swing. Enjoy Ragroof’s glamorous dancing couples perform beautiful dance displays. Show off your skills, learn new moves or join in with instant dance classes for absolute beginners. With DJ Desert Ivan Discs spinning tunes for discerning dancers.

Ramshacklicious > Finksoup

A suspiciously asymmetric scientist and an ungainly mechanic arrive from the depths of the earth. These mind reading explorers travel the globe with their eclectic self made machine...their dubious quest? To collect the thoughts, daydreams and imaginations of the people they meet, feeding them into their machine from which they distil a delectable potion to drink. Features live music, clowning and telepathic powers... A Hat Fair co-commission.

Spinney Hollow > Woodland Workshop

Unlock your inner pirate, princess, knight or even wizard with our hands on Green woodwork workshop. Make your very own sword or wand to take home with you, using the pole lathe and shave horse and ‘real’ tools from our own woodland workshops near Winchester.

The Arch of Starch > Spork and Croctopus + JellOrb HAT Workshop

Spork is a joined bridge that merges our minds together in a gooey, gloopy glue stew. Connected by the dominating dollop we perform as a single being. Our limerick laden mouths and wriggling writhing bodies tell the twisted tale of ‘Chris and his frispy lisp’. Is gloopy glue your style? You can enter into the bizarre world of The Arch of Starch by building your own JellOrb HAT. You will be equipped with your own hat pack and why not bring your own re-cycled and arts materials to decorate your hat. Then join us in a Jelly Egg Head parade! To book, contact Theatre Royal Winchester Box Office on 01962 840440 or buy online at

Salsa y Sol > Performance and Workshops

See Silvia & Max perform and join one of their 3 workshops in Zumba, Zumbatomic (Zumba for Kids) and West Coast Swing. Salsa y Sol have been running their dance classes here in Winchester for over three years now and their great dance repertoire of Salsa, West Coast Swing. Zumba, Zumba Gold and Zumbatomic truly offers something for everyone!

Southampton University Folk Society

...or Folksoc for short, is a student-led organisation which meets up to play folk music at ceilidhs, pub jam sessions and charity events as well as going busking en masse. Last year, they cooked up a storm at The Winchester Hat Fair, driving into the town in a 1920s vintage bus and playing for a ceilidh in the middle of the street.


The Big Dance Commission

Emerging dance artists from the south east have joined together to work with professional choreographer Bettina Strickler (ex co-director of award winning dance theatre company Protein Dance). Watch as they invigorate the site with references to its historical and social importance, interwoven with surreal, dreamlike images and a good dose of tongue-incheek humour.

The Waggon Band


Tilted Productions > Seasaw

Seasaw is inspired by the relationship between humans and water. Childhood memories of waterside holidays, thoughts on water pollution and global warming, all can be found in this entertaining and challenging trail of performance art and physical theatre vignettes. A brilliant and characteristic combination of vivid imagery, innovative dance and an integral use of props & set.

A collective of musicians and performers, The Waggon Band came together over a campfire for a folky jam in Hampshire. From this came a gypsy folk jamboree, playing a mixture of old and new songs, originals and covers, sea shanties and pub songs, all with a dash of theatricality. Expect Tumble Circus the macabre, the melancholic, > Death or Circus and plenty of footstomping and Modern life is rubbish. We need instrument swapping! advice, guidance, and heroes. Threepenny Bit In Death or Circus, Kenneth > Folk and ceilidh band Fall, the rock god saviour of Africa, and Tina Machina, Queen A young and vibrant addition of Iceland and new age white to the folk scene, Threepenny witch of pop, are under qualified Bit folk and ceilidh band but overly eager to share their was formed from an unlikely combination of studentabsurd views on how to cure types in Southampton in the planet. Can international 2010. Consisting of suitcase celebrity and circus devilment percussion, fiddle, flute, guitar save our children? and clarinet, they play a wide range of Irish, English, Cornish, Breton and Scottish diddly-dee music with a hint of klezmer!

Upswing > Red Shoes

Red Shoes draws from fairytales grim and glorious. The set creates a forest of poles, a place beyond the ‘normal’, where strange things occur and strange people live, the home of magic and imagination. This playful work explores themes of loss, journey and transformation using dance, Chinese pole and other circus techniques.


Violentango’s stunning performance delivers a passionately authentic tango tradition delivered with a rockinfluenced twist. Described as of significant “Cultural and Artistic Interest” by the Argentine Ministry of Culture. Formed in 2004, the line up for comprises of two guitars, bandoneon, electric bass and beat box percussion.

Wet Picnic > The Birthday Party

We all feel alone at some point in our lives. But what happens if that never changes? Focusing on the themes of loneliness and memory, The Birthday Party uses Wet Picnic’s trademark style of clowning and buffoonery to explore moments of heartbreaking honesty to darkened humour. The Birthday Party is an exploration of one man’s realisation that he is totally alone. A Hat Fair co-commission.

Bangkok Brasserie 33 Jewry Street, SO23 8RY; 01962 869966 The distinctive flavours of Thai cuisine with hints of fresh coriander, fish sauce and lemon grass are now available in Winchester. Open daily from 1200-1400 for lunch and 18002230 for dinner. Bengal Sage 72-74 St George’s Street, SO23 8AH; 01962 862173 Award winning, gourmet Indian restaurant specialising in fresh regional specials. Locally sourced produce. Open daily from 1200-1400 for lunch and 1800-2230 for dinner. Bishop on The Bridge 1 High Street SO23 9LX 01962 855111 Stands on the banks of the river offering stunning views from its outside terrace, a great place to enjoy a fabulous meal or great cask ale. Café Centro 52 St George’s Street SO23 8AH 01962 866668 A genuine, local, independent coffee shop, serving the best in sandwiches, light bites, salads and cakes for 12 years. A great place to sit and watch the world go by. Mon-Sat 08.30-17.30 Caracoli 100 High Street, SO23 9AH; 01962 808185 Exceptional coffee, cakes and lunch to take away. Freshly made wraps, toasties, scotch eggs, pork pies, handmade sausage rolls and soup, plus real fruit smoothies. Fri/Sat 0730-2000, Sun 0900-1700

Porterhouse 24 Jewry Street, SO23 8SB; 01962 810532 Steak in a class of its own - 100% grass fed and naturally reared Argentine beef. Now sample it for yourself at Porterhouse in Winchester Rimjhim 1-3 City Road SO23 8SD Welcome to an innovative way of sampling the finest in Indian cuisine! Rimjhim simply creates wonderful food, served in stunning surroundings at our City Road venue The ArtCafé Jewry Street SO23 8SA (opposite Theatre Royal Enjoy our speciality coffees and fresh food ‘upstairs’. Downstairs, immerse yourself in contemporary art or chill out in our cosy Lounge Room. Free Wi-Fi. Open every day. The Black Bottle 4 Bridge Street SO23 9BH 01962 621563 Character wine bar - selling a small selection of spirits, bottled beers and soft drinks and a wine list of about 120 different wines from all over the world, including 16 red, and 16 white wines by the glass. Open Thurs 1630-2300, Fri-Sat 1630-0030, Sun 1200-2230. The Black Boy 1 Wharf Hill SO23 9NQ 01962 861574 Recognised in well known beer and pub guides, but it is still a traditional back-street boozer with 5 locally brewed ales, pub grub and rustic garden. Open Mon-Thur 1200-2300, Fri-Sat 1200-0000, Sun 1200-2230. Food served Tues eve to Sun lunch 1200-1400, 1900-2100.

Gourmet Pizza Co. 20-21 The Square SO23 9EX 01962 842553 Modern Italian, based on freshly made pizzas, pastas and salads as well as homemade cakes with italian coffee and our The Black Rat famous Hat Fair traditional English breakfast 88 Chesil Street SO23 0HX 01962 844465 The Black Rat is a converted pub that still has its warmth Morn Hill Brasserie and friendliness, but is now a Michelin starred restaurant Holiday Inn Winchester, Morn Hill SO21 1HZ serving high quality food with locally produced ingredients. Visit the award winning Morn Hill Brasserie & sample the fantastic selection of dishes made using fresh local produce. Open 7 days 1900-2130, lunch Sat-Sun 1200-1430. During the summer months dine Al Fresco on our outdoor terrace. Open 1200-2200. The Old Vine 8 Great Minster Street, SO23 9HA; 01962 854616 Kyoto Quality gastropub food: sandwiches, light bites, pub classics 70 Parchment Street 01962 890895 and daily fresh fish specials using local produce; in the Good Small boutique Japanese restaurant specialising in Sushi Beer Guide; drinks to take out. Opening: Bar 1100-2300 and Sashimi, with a selection of grills, soups and curries too. Open daily from 1200-1400 for lunch and 1800-2230 for (1430 Sun); lunch 1200-1500 (1430 Fri); snacks 1500-1800; supper 1830-2130 (2100 Sun) dinner. Tom’s Deli O’Neills 56 St. Georges Street, SO23 8AH 90-91 High Street SO23 9AP 01962 844001 Experience the real taste of Italy in the heart of the Classic O’Neills Irish bar serving great food and well kept city. Authentic and traditional Italian Food & Coffee, our Guiness and Magners, plus the best live bands. delicatessen offers fresh and traditional Italian foods. Open Food served 1000-2200 every day Mon-Sat 0730-1730


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Speciality shopping in a unique setting. Experience unrivalled shopping in Winchester the whole year round. With a tempting array of big name stores, independent retailers and so much to see and do, Winchester is surely the first choice destination for locals and visitors alike. Take time to explore the many side streets and winding lanes and you won’t miss out on Winchester’s hidden treasures. Looking to relax and unwind? Winchester offers an amazing collection of cafes, bars and restaurants to be found across the City.

Experience the best of Winchester

High Street

The Constabulary

Winchester’s High Street offers a range of top national high street names and independent shops, sure to satisfy your shopping desires. It boasts a mix of local and national pubs, restaurants, shops and services that will cater for your every need.

The Constabulary can be found close to the High Street and next to The Square, stretching as far as Southgate Street. It is made up of St Thomas Street, Southgate Street, St Clement Street, Minster Lane, Little Minster and Great Minster Street. These charming winding lanes are home to many independent shops selling everything from traditional wooden toys to contemporary designer furniture.

Upper High Street, Staple Gardens and Romsey Road. The Upper High Street, Staple Gardens and Romsey Road area is steeped in history containing the last surviving part of the old Royal Palace, the Great Hall, home of the legendary King Arthur’s Round Table and Peninsular Barracks. The newly renovated ‘Man on the horse’ sculpture can be found opposite Walcote Place. Nestled throughout this area is a shopper’s paradise with everything from well-known names such as Moss and Long Tall Sally to premium jewellery retailers including Offord & Sons.

Parchment Street Parchment Street can be found just off of the High Street near WH Smiths. The street is a unique boutique shopping destination that offers a range of quality independent shops such as Bell Fine Art, World of Beads and Boudoir Blush. This attractive area boasts a number of independent jewellery shops where you might find something special for the one you love or maybe an excuse to treat yourself.

St. Georges Street St. Georges Street can be found adjacent to Winchester High Street. This area is home to award winning hardware stores, camera and photographic shops, cafes and eateries. St Georges Street is your gateway to Parchment Street, Upper Brook Street and the Brooks shopping centre as well as being a superb shopping destination in its own right.

The Brooks Shopping Centre The Brooks Shopping Centre Market Lane is located right in the heart of Winchester City Centre. With ample parking this is a great place to start your Winchester experience. Within the shopping centre you will find a range of High Street names and popular retail outlets such as Argos, Primark and Waterstones, that you, your family and friends will all enjoy. The Brooks is also home to Winchester’s Shopmobility scheme.

Hyde Vale Just a stone’s throw from the historic Hyde Abbey and the northern gate into the City, the area around City Road, Andover Road, Stockbridge Road Hyde Street and North Walls is now home to some exciting and unusual businesses. You can find a wide range of quality shops including a traditional sweet shop, an independent cycle shop, a photography gallery with a studio and a specialist guitar workshop.

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The Square and Market Lane This part of Winchester is situated near the Cathedral and benefits from having some the finest bars and restaurants in the City. The Square offers a relaxing atmosphere with many of its cafes and bars providing outside seating, allowing you to unwind and enjoy the Summer sun and breathtaking views. Market Lane is the entrance to the historic Cathedral, and also plays host to popular High Street names such as White Stuff, Crew Clothing and Monsoon.

City Bridge and Chesil Street This area of the City beams beauty and history, and shouldn’t be missed on your visit to Winchester. Situated by the beautiful River Itchen, located near the City Mill, there is an array of independent shops and eateries for you to enjoy. Bridge Street is your gateway to the stunning Winchester water meadows and St. Catherine’s Hill. Why not top off your day with style by catching a show at the Chesil Theatre or enjoying a delicious meal at the Chesil Rectory restaurant or Bridge Street No 5.

Jewry Street Once the City’s Jewish quarter, Jewry Street plays home to many businesses, retailers and attractions. Today you will find the Winchester Discovery Centre and Theatre Royal Winchester, a charming 400 seat regional theatre which plays host to an eclectic mix of drama, live music, dance and stand-up comedy. You will find a variety of shops including CY Music, Wild Sports and Computer Solutions and numerous restaurants and bars to cater for all tastes. Upper High St

Friday 12 – Sunday 28 October at 7.30pm

WINCHESTER: CHRONICLES OF LIGHT Experience the Cathedral as you have never experienced it before! This spectacular ninety minute performance in sound and light tells the extraordinary stories of Winchester Cathedral, its people and events. You’ll meet wonderful characters from King Cnut to Jane Austen. You’ll hear the stories of the deep sea diver William Walker and a wise old fisherman called Izaak Walton. You’ll meet fierce roundhead soldiers, St Swithun and King Alfred and inspirational women such as Mary Sumner, founder of the Mothers Union and Josephine Butler, campaigner for women’s rights. This once-in-a-generation event features an exceptional cast in sound and vision including Dame Judi Dench, David Suchet, Bernard Cribbins, Tamsin Greig, Alastair Stewart OBE, Wendy Craig, Hugh Dennis, Finty Williams, John Rhys-Davies and Alan Titchmarsh. Watch the trailer at: BOOKING INFORMATION Total immersion seats: £50 and £35. These are the premier seats, situated at the front of the nave where the audience will be totally immersed within the performance. Other ticket prices: £25, £20, £15, and £10 (standing only). All tickets are available from the Cathedral Box Office

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By Train Winchester has a great train service with direct connections to London, Reading, Oxford, Birmingham and cities to the north and also to Southampton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Weymouth. Check out By Air Our nearest airport at Southampton is just 15 minutes away by direct train with flights to many parts of the UK and Europe. Visit By Coach Or come by coach – National Express and Greyhound both offer services to the city. By Car If you decide to come by car, when you reach Winchester, why not use the park and ride for a stress free trip into the city centre? For Saturday night’s spectacular show Waterlitz at King George V playing fields, use St Catherine’s or Barfield Park & Ride just off M3 Junc. 10. Or catch Hat Fair’s free shuttle bus from The Broadway, running every 10 mins - 20.15 to 21.30 approx, and returning 22.30 to midnight approx. Blue badge holders parking through road closure barriers at Milland Road. Event gates are at Milland Road and CAFE close at 21.30 when the show begins. OPENS JUNE

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The distinctive flavours of Thai cuisine with hints of fresh coriander, fish sauce, lemon grass and chilli, along with the world renowned Thai hospitality, is now available in Winchester.

Bangkok Brasserie 33 Jewry Street, Winchester | 01962 869966 We have combined our passion for fine food and excellent service to create a restaurant where you can enjoy freshly cooked innovative Indian food in a wonderful setting.

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Bengal Sage 72 – 74 St. George Street, Winchester | 01962 862173

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Perfect for celebrations or intimate dinners... Lunches from £3.99 2 courses £7.99, 3 courses £9.99 (from 5pm) Food served 10am-10pm every day.

Our award winning Morn Hill Brasserie restaurant at the Holiday Inn, Winchester, offers the perfect setting for large family celebrations or small intimate dinners, and using locally sourced produce our talented Head Chef has created a sumptuous menu that’s suitable for lunches, dinners and for every possible occasion.

For more information or to book your table please call 0871 942 9188

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FRIDAY 27TH JULY 2012, CHAWTON HOUSE GARDEN, ALTON Adults £15; Concessions £12.50; Children £10; Family £40 (2 adults & 3 children) Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ; Tel: 01420 541010


Hat Fair and the University of Winchester’s Street Arts Degree Over the last three years Hat Fair has consistently contributed to my degree, providing opportunities we may never have had without its presence. The partnership with ZEPA has meant we have been able to visit other countries to learn about their culture and what street arts are like in other countries. I have been able to benefit from seminars in Amiens, perform in Arras and take part in workshops in Brest, to name a few. All of our experiences in France have shown us how important this relationship is between countries in Europe and therefore how valuable ZEPA is. Last year ZEPA supported The Emerge festival in Eastleigh. In the festival, street arts students were able to showcase acts we had been developing as part of our Transcultural Studies module. Some of the acts even went on to be

booked for other festivals after being seen at Emerge. Since the start of the degree we have been given opportunities to take part in Hat Fair. Opportunities have encompassed everything from volunteering to stewarding and even performing with professional companies or with our own projects. Participation in Hat Fair has provided us with an insight into the world of professional street arts and the placement I have been doing over the last month has confirmed that the direction I wish to take is totally worth it! Hat Fair is an essential part of Street Art and having it as a central part of our degree has been key. Hannah Auden-Gandolfo is graduating from the Street Arts BA this year

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The ZEPA network (European Zone of Artistic Projects) aims to develop street theatre throughout the region covering Southern England (Brighton, Southampton, Norfolk and Hampshire for England) and Northern France (Pas-de-Calais, Picardie, Normandy and Brittany). Supported by the European Commission’s Interreg IVA France (Channel) England programme, its objective is to share resources, skills and experiences to jointly develop cross-border activities and projects from 2008 to 2012. Le réseau ZEPA (Zone Européenne de Projets Artistiques) vise au développement des arts de la rue sur l’euro-région couvrant le Sud de l’Angleterre (Brighton, Southampton, le Norfolk et le Hampshire) et le Nord de la France (le Pas-de-Calais, la Picardie, la Normandie et la Bretagne). Soutenu par le programme Interreg IVa France (Manche) – Angleterre de la Commission Européenne, il a vu le jour en 2008. Son objectif : mutualiser les moyens et expériences de tous pour créer ensemble des projets transfrontaliers jusqu’en 2012. This project gives us the opportunity to jointly commission work with our colleagues across the Channel and gives British and French artists the opportunity to appear at festivals in both countries. For more information visit The companies appearing at Hat Fair as part of the ZEPA project are indicated with the ZEPA logo.

Without Walls is a consortium of the UK’s most strategically significant outdoor arts festivals. By working together in the pursuit of a set of common goals, over the last 3 years Without Walls has been breaking new ground in the development and creation of outdoor arts in the UK. We nurture talent and skills by producing new work through commissions and co-productions, and promoting work that supports the growth of the outdoor performance sector, on both the large and small scale. The eight member festivals are: Lakes Alive, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Brighton Festival, XTRAX Manchester, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, Hat Fair, Stockton International Riverside Festival, Salisbury International Arts Festival For more information visit Without Walls receives Lottery funding through Arts Council England Grants for the Arts scheme. Companies brought to Hat Fair through this partnership are marked with the Without Walls logo in the A-Z listing.


Hat Fair would not happen without the good will, humour and support that so many people give us. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make the festival happen, particularly Anna Brown and Hampshire Dance for bringing Big Dance 2012 to Hat Fair, and our fantastic team of volunteers without whom the festival would not exist. Special thanks to Jon Linstrum at Arts Council England SE, Mark Courtice at the Theatre Royal Winchester, co-chairs of the Board Alex Hoare and Chris Turner and all at Winchester City Council. Your knowledge and advice is invaluable.

The Hat Fair team

Artistic Director: Kate Hazel

General Manager: Pip Wittenoom

Production Managers: Karen Cruiks and Gabriel Burden Technical Manager: Jay Mckay

Technical Assistant: Emma Covill

Interns: Simon Le Doaré and Hannah Auden-Gandolfo

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Creative Apprentice: Hannah Utley


Office Volunteers: Louise Carey and Nicky Fairplay PR: RM Communications

Advertising Sales: David Cradduck

Hat Fair Board: Alex Hoare, Chris Turner, (co-chairs), Simon Chatterton, Jonathan Kay, Marilyn Michalowicz Programme + App: Designed and produced by First Option Printed by Advent Thanks also to all our supporters and advertisers for their much appreciated contributions to both the printed brochure and the 2012 iPhone App. Without them, we could not have produced these essential information resources for Hat Fair audiences.

Hat Fair 2012 App

Scan this QR Code with your iPhone or search ‘Hat Fair’ on the App Store to download Hat Fair’s new and improved iPhone App. Use it to find out the latest information on venues, artists, show times and where to grab a bite to eat!


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The official guide to this year's Winchester Hat Fair 6-8 July 2012