Witchfest is an annual Gathering/ Indoor Festive event/ convention (in it’s 11th year). It is currently the largest Witchcraft Event held in the World, and takes place in Croydon, (South London) on the Saturday 15th November 2014. These events are organised by `Children of Artemis’. I started attending these from about 10 years ago – having been going to monthly pub moots and conventions- either as a Speaker/ Workshop facilitator, or just as an ordinary paying attendee. Few years ago, I co-manned a stall for `Pagan Federation London’ at the Witchfest.
Gossipers & Nay-sayers have in the past branded Witchfest events as `jumping in on the witchy bandwagons of popular TV shows such as Charmed & Buffy the Vampire Slayer of the 90′s. Others have smirked at it as just being full of teen wannabe-witches coming in their crushed velvet fancy dresses.
However, a look at any (past and present) scheduling will show – Witchfest hosts some very impressive talks and workshops by many of the leading and experienced Magicians, Ritualists, Authors..and Wiccan Craft Elders!! Not only that, it also puts on a jolly good show of pagan and esoteric bands/ music groups (often in 2 different stages). And then there is the big New age/ Occult/ Esoteric market – shops and stalls – selling everything from magic wands, crystals, cloths, art works and more. The whole of Fairfield Hall (big place) in Croydon is booked for this annual Witchy extravaganza – and if you do down to Croydon town on that day, you are bound to see lots of Witchy-looking people out and about :-) There’s also usually the protesting Christian groups (handful) outside the Hall – presumably fearing for all the witchy souls and wanting too rescue us all.
It’s always been a great festive event, and I shall be going with my friends..:-)
So here’s a quick look at what’s going on and some details
-Mani Navasothy (Wiccan High Priest, London)
———-Info taken from public facebook page for this event———
WITCHFEST INTERNATIONAL 2014 (15th November 2014)
There are more talks and workshops than ever before given by the most famous Witchcraft/Wiccan authors and experts in the world. This page will be updated regularly with the latest confirmed speakers, artists and workshops.
- Prof. Ronald Hutton
- Pete Jennings
- Phillip Heselton
- Vivianne and Chris Crowley
- David Wells
- Christina Oakley-Harrington
- James Bennett
- Tylluan Penry
- Tam Campbell
- Kevin Groves
- Barbara Meiklejohn-Free
- Phiona Hutton
- Damh the Bard
- Wolf’s Head & Vixen Morris
- The Dolmen
- Damh the Bard
- Daughters of Gaia
- Spriggan Mist
- Love Street
- Kitty Hudson
- Wand Workshop -Learn to make your own magical wand.
- Tam Campbell - Teacher of the renowned Moving Magic
- Muggle Magic
Plus many more to be confirmed…
Tickets Now Available!
- FULL DAY Witchfest International 2014 Non Members Ticket ONLY £26.00 (10am to 2am)
EVENING ONLY TICKET £10 – Saturday 15th November 6pm – 2am. (This ticket is valid for entry to the evening entertainment only and admission is after 6pm)
- Fairfield Hall, Park Lane, CR9 1DG Croydon, United Kingdom
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