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Chris Beardshaw

Garden designer Chris Beardshaw joins presenter Verity Sharp to create and curate the festival of his wildest imagination.

Garden designer Chris Beardshaw joins presenter Verity Sharp to create and curate the festival of his wildest dreams. It's a chance for Chris to set the festival's agenda, chose the guests, pick the acts, dictate the weather, the food and the ambience. A festival where anyone - dead or alive - can be summoned to perform, and nothing is unimaginable.

Chris outlines his dream festival which takes place in an Egyptian Death Garden. It's a festival for a tiny audience and it happens in a small space and short time frame. He wants to take time out with his loved ones to reconsider the detail of life, celebrate craftsmanship and wonder at our place in the universe. He's bringing music from Pachelbel, Brian Eno and Green Day and poetry from Theo Dorgan. He's created a Paradise and, when his festival is over, the Death Garden will be handed over to another festival goer to invite their loved ones to experience their own 24 hour festival in this very special, walled space. And so the festival will be handed ever onwards.

Producer: Rosie Boulton
A Monty Funk production for BBC Radio 4.

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28 minutes

Last on

Fri 12 May 2017 23:27

Music Played

  • Johann Pachelbel

    Pachelbel’s Canon

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock / English Consort.
    • Best of Baroque.
    • Archive 419410-2.
  • Brian Eno

    Three Variations On The Canon In D Major By Johann Pachelbel: I Fullness Of Wind

    Performer: Brian Eno.
    • Discreet Music.
    • Plan 9/Caroline GBAAA7500091.
  • Billie Joe Armstrong, Iii Wright, Frank Edwin, Michael Ryan Pritchard

    Basket Case

    Performer: Green Day.
    • Warner Music UK Limited.

Readings

Title: The Promised Garden

Writer: Theo Dorgan

Publisher: Dedalus Press

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