Call to Action: Social Clubs & Societies

19 December 2011

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A wintery-looking Cecil Sharp House, home of the English Folk Dance & Song Society in Camden, London.A wintery-looking Cecil Sharp House, home of the English Folk Dance & Song Society in Camden, London.

In case your New Year’s resolution is to meet new and interesting people, we’ve got a mixture of quirky clubs and societies for you to check out this week on the blog. From revamping a British institution to learning about a proud European culture, we’ll be hearing from those ready to welcome you into their midst and show you a good time!

When we were looking for obscure and interesting societies to feature on the blog, the English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS) immediately sprang to mind. Housed in an unassuming building amongst the fancy houses of Primrose Hill in London, it has always caught my eye during my walks into Camden Town.

As the home of the EFDSS, Cecil Sharp House has been showcasing a wide range of English folk traditions since its opening in the 1930s. Morris dancing, which remains a guilty pleasure or strange past-time to many in England, has obviously featured strongly in the Society’s history, but other folk arts from English-speaking countries are also alive and well. So even if you don’t know your ceilidhs from your New England contra dances, the EFDSS appeals to anyone who fancies a dance or a sing-song. Perhaps this festive week will be when I finally pluck up enough courage to take part…

Are you a member of a unique club or society with a fascinating history? If so, tell us about it here on the blog, on Twitter @DiscoverDP or on Facebook.

Happy partying!

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