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Arcadia Britannica ➵ [Read] ➱ Arcadia Britannica By Henry Bourne ➿ – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Drawing on pagan Celtic Germanic and early Christian rites and beliefs British folklore is a vibrant aspect of Britain s cultural heritage that continues to flourish today Notable for their music stor Drawing on pagan Celtic Germanic and early Christian rites and beliefs British folklore is a vibrant aspect of Britain s cultural heritage that continues to flourish today Notable for their music storytelling and particularly for the terrific display of costumes revelers wear Britain s folk festivals are at once great entertainment and a link with the nation s rich cultural history Arcadia Britannica is the product of photographer Henry Bourne s repeated trips to some of Britain s greatest folk events striking color portraits capture an eccentric collection of individuals in inventive outfits including arboreal costumes pagan inspired creations and historical garb These were captured at events like the annual Jack in the Green festival held in Hastings in May for which the town and its people are decked in green to welcome summer and the Easter Sunday celebration in Bacup Lancashire where fiercely proud Britannia Coconut Dancers or Nutters perform their traditional seven dances An accompanying text by Simon Costin provides the historical backstory and explains the folklore behind this wacky inspiring collection of images.

  • Hardcover
  • 192 pages
  • Arcadia Britannica
  • Henry Bourne
  • English
  • 22 November 2015
  • 9780500517970

6 thoughts on “Arcadia Britannica

  1. Jessica Jessica says:

    Arcadia Britannica  This is a collection of photographs taken by Henry Bourne at many British folklore festivals These festivals are well known for not only their music and story telling but also the wonderful display of costumes worn by the revelers  This isn't a book you pick up to read As another reviewer stated it is a 'coffee table book' There is a short introduction at the beginning of the book but other than that it is full of colorful photographs of various costumes depicting modern day interpretations of British folklore  While looking through this book the first thing that popped through my head wasLook at all the wonderful costume ideas I am already putting some of the costumes onto pattern UPDATE EVERYONE WHO COMES TO MY HOUSE PICKS THIS UP TO LOOK AT LAST SATURDAY WE HAD A BB PARTY WE ENDED OUTSIDE AT THE PICNIC TABLE PASSING THIS BOOK AROUND AND RESEARCHING ALL THE FOLKLORE THAT INSPIRED THE MANY COSTUMES TWO HOURS OF ENTERTAINMENT THAT NOT ONLY HELD THE ADULTS ATTENENTION BUT THE KIDS ALSO WE ALL HAD A GREAT TIME

  2. Frederic Frederic says:

    Great collection of photographs with a pair of short introductory texts to give some context Less variety in the costumes here than in say Wilder Mann but still an engaging sample of costumery at English seasonal festivals

  3. Sienna Sienna says:

    Though I feel uncomfortable rating coffee table books I'm uite happy to review them This one is beautiful It underscores the influence of English folk customs and exudes love of the natural world of community of strangeness and togetherness

  4. Bill Wallace Bill Wallace says:

    A nice chronicle of modern folk costumes from various British rites straw bears mummers pearly kings but the book suffers from an inevitable comparison to Wilder Mann by Charles Fréger which features costumes from across Europe in a considerably dynamic style Bourne's aesthetic choice of static shots and white backgrounds documents the costumes well but frankly isn't very exciting I would like to see its contents though alongside earlier similar photographs the have been made periodically in the same villages and festivals

  5. Jennybeast Jennybeast says:

    A fascinating book full of photographs chronicling some of the current revelers who celebrate Britain's old feast days and festivals Modern folk celebrants are captivating to me since I know so many personally and have grown up with some of these traditions let's hear it for the ones who dress up and parade let's hear it for the Morris Dancers and the Gilly suits Lovely photos of the original Abbott's Bromley antlers and of the mysterious Burry man Includes a decent short summary of festivals and a little bit about the folklorehistory

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