Free Sunday afternoon entertainment for families in and around Wednesfield on Black Country Day organised by local trade unions.
Trade Union organised Summer family fun in Wednesfield
Wolverhampton TUC will be hosting Wodenstock, a new family festival on Black Country Day, Sunday 14 July 2019 , a free afternoon of music and entertainment.
It is part of our ongoing Unions in the Community campaign, ♥UNIONS.
It will take place in the heart of the community, at the open-air Amphitheatre seating area off Rookery St (next to Sainsbury's) Wednesfield WV11 1UN.
Wednesfield is an area which the far-right have previously targeted. Wolverhampton TUC run successful election campaigns against the BNP, leafleting all homes in the wards each time they stood with a positive trade union alternative. Each time their vote declined, turnouts increased and Labour won them back from the Tories. In the past the area had an overwhelmingly white population, unique in Wolverhampton, but the local population has been changing too and is now considerably more diverse. We regularly campaign in Wednesfield and are always very well received including our ♥UNIONS campaigning in February. There is good support for trade unionism there as New Cross hospital and steel industry is nearby. We want to continue this support for trade unions into the younger generations who may have had less contact with unions.
The free family fun day will celebrate the history of the Black Country. We are working with local Community groups and the event will feature child-centred activities like face-painting, as well trade union stalls explaining what we do and recruiting members. We are keen to get as many union stalls as possible and would welcome your union.
Wednesfield councillor Greg Brackenridge welcomed the new festival, saying “It’s high time we had something of our own in Wednesfield, and I am delighted that Wodenstock has chosen to set up here. I’m really looking forward to a fun day out. As a resident and as a councillor, I will be doing all I can to make this inaugural event a great success.”
The event is being headlined by Banner Theatre's First of May Band who offer an eclectic mix of folk, blues, reggae and ska, interspersed with spoken stories drawn from the rich history of the Black Country. The band has interviewed scores of ordinary people who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances, and has turned those stories into songs which reflect the dramatic and moving industrial history of Wednesfield. 'An inspiration to everyone who believes in social justice and peace' (Tony Benn).
A host of other local performers is being lined up, providing an entertaining mixture of song, stories, history and the trade union message – all mixed in with lashings of Black Country humour.
"We're celebrating the Black Country with a day of entertainment that brings the past into the present" said Nick Kelleher, Secretary of Wolverhampton TUC. “The aim is to have fun and to learn – what more could you want!”
The festival is being supported by direct donations and by crowd-funding. We so far have trade union donations and from members of the public. Further donations are still needed, and can be given at the following link: www.spacehive.com/wodenstock
or by cheque to Wolverhampton TUC, PO Box 2917, Wolverhampton WV2 2YA
In solidarity, Nick Kelleher Secretary WB&DTUC