The 52nd Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival 2002, St. Andrews
A Step Back in Time
1st-3rd March 2002
The Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival is the longest continuously running folk festival in the British Isles,
founded in 1951. Every year students and non-students alike invade a gullible university for a weekend of song,
dance and music (Wine and women are also known to have attended!).
Ceilidh and Concert Welcome
Dancing starts as soon as festival-goers arrive, with the Friday night English ceilidh hosted by renowned
Cock & Bull and caller Michael Catovsky. As the night draws to a close the "wee
sleekit timrous beasties" retire to the comfort of cosy beds and Bed and Breakfasts. Meanwhile the hardy
remainder roll out their sleeping bags and drift off to sleep to the accompaniment of late-night fiddlers,
accordionists and dancers.
Update: Unfortunately Deaf Shepherd will not be able to join us.
Saturday morning and it's sleeping bags up and dancing shoes on for workshops. These are designed to include
everyone from the complete beginner to the more advanced, covering a wide range of music, song and dance. On
average, five workshops run at any one time so finding something you like shouldn't be too hard.
Time To Show Off
After lunch get ready for the Display Ceilidh and, for those of you with strong livers, the Morris Tour. The
Display Ceilidh is a fun dance like any other but with spots for demonstrations by different universities and
dance groups. Previous years have seen a mixture of breath-taking and humorous demonstrations taking place, so
don't feel that pointed toes and perfect figures are the only option for showing off your talents! The Morris Tour on the other hand, is a chance for the Morris men to get together and combine ale and dance in
their own unique way.
Dance the Night Away
Afterwards there's time for a few more workshops before the big Saturday night events. The lineup this year
features a ceilidh headed by the funky tones of Whapweasel with caller Martyn Harvey. The traditional Scottish
Dance will take place to the fantastic music of David Anderson and his band. This year we want to encourage
young and old, beginners and advanced to join in the Scottish dance and so there will be a special workshop
just before the dance that'll get you moving to any jig, reel or strathspey! And, as always, when the main
events wind down the music and dancing will continue...
No Rest for the Wicked (Or the seasoned IVFDFer)
No sleeping in, as Sunday morning starts with more fun packed workshops. Then the afternoon hits and the
Survivor's ceilidh commences. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and play for this final dance,
and established and budding callers are invited to lead a dance or two.
All good things come to an end and as the light fades and the buses arrive to take people home, the inhabitants
of sleepy St. Andrews return once more to their routines.
For those of you who haven't dared venture north of the border for fear of us "marauding Scots",
St. Andrews is the perfect place to host IVFDF. City walls, a castle and one of the biggest ruined
cathedrals in Britain all contribute to the sense of the medieval and the relaxed pace of life. The town centre
hasn't grown much beyond its three medieval streets, so no workshop is ever far away. And with it's idyllic
setting on the coast, refreshing walks along St. Andrews' beaches are easily available to reinvigorate
tired bones or feet!
Bus - From Edinburgh the X59 and the X60 both run from St. Andrews Square at half hour intervals
Monday - Saturday and will take you straight to the centre of St. Andrews. For full details of
timetables contact Stagecoach on (01334) 474238.
Train - Leuchars station is the closest to St. Andrews, and it's situated on the main line from
London to Aberdeen. There are also hourly trains from Edinburgh. Once at Leuchars, buses to St. Andrews
are fairly frequent (every 10 min) and cost under £2. Taxis from Leuchars to St. Andrews will cost
around £8. Timetable information from Railtrack on 08457 48 49 50 or
Road - (from south) Follow A90 over the Forth Road Bridge, onto M90. At Junction 2a take A92 toward
Glenrothes. Continue over many roundabouts, past Glenrothes and Markinch (short single carriageway stretch) to
end of dual carriageway & roundabout junction with A912/A914. Turn right onto A914 to Cupar. Join A91 at Cupar
and follow this to St. Andrews.
There are plenty of options here. Some workshop sites will have light refreshments available, but
St. Andrews is packed with pubs and coffee houses which do good food at a reasonable price. Alternatively,
the Student's Union does good food even cheaper!
Camping on the dance floor is free. If a sleeping bag is not your idea of comfort then you might want to check
out the local B & B's. You can call the St. Andrews Tourist Board on (01334) 472021 or check
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