Written records of Morris dancing in Plymouth and of a Morris troupe accompany Sir Humphrey Gilbert from Plymouth on his voyage of discovery to found a colony in Newfoundland date from the 15th century and 1583 respectively.
As part of Mayflower 400 and Plymouth Morris 50 celebrations, Morris sides from the Mayflower catchment area in the UK, Holland and the US will put on a unique performance in Plymouth this September.
It is extremely rare to have an international dance festival highlighting traditional Morris dancing in all of its forms from both sides of the Atlantic at a location this far down in the South West.
Locations will include Plymouth city centre, Drake Circus, the Barbican, Royal William Yard, Mount Batten and Cremyll on 5 September, before a massed show on Armada Way of some 250 dancers on the morning of 6 September.
Rehearsals, auditions and meetings are ongoing until May at Plymouth's School of Creative Arts on Wednesday evenings, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, and then during the summer at various locations around the city.
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