Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival goes online

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival goes online

Published by Maria Greenwood at 12:14pm 25th June 2020.

The Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival has gone digital for 2020 in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

It's going to be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube but you'll still be able to join in with the festival activities.

The festival commemorates six farm workers being transported to Australia after forming a union.

Festival organiser and Regional Secretary of the TUC South West Nigel Costley said: 

"Tolpuddle has always been more than simply music and politics. It's a gathering of like-minded people, a joyous celebration of trade union solidarity - and that's what we're hoping to reflect online.

Tolpuddle Martyrs Tree

"We have a full programme of topical debates, a full programme of films and a full programme of music ranging from those who would have played this year's event to those who we welcome back from previous festivals - all performing exclusive sets for us.
"We'll also be covering the wreath-laying, interviewing stall-holders and encouraging families to design banners so they can join the virtual procession on Sunday afternoon.
"The whole event will be compered by familiar faces from the festival to add that special Tolpuddle touch."

The festival is free for all to attend and you can find more information on their website.