CYFEST-14: Ferment, Dartington, UK

Ivan Karpov, ˈkʌr(ə)nt, 2022_Dartington Estate, UK, 2022 © CYLAND_Image by Anna Frants_6
Pavel Ignatev, Reverse Drift. Unpacking and Absorption, 2018–2022_Dartington Estate, UK, 2022 © CYLAND_Image by Anna Frants_1
Ivan Karpov, ˈkʌr(ə)nt, 2022_Dartington Estate, UK, 2022 © CYLAND_Image by Anna Frants_5
Anna Frants, Artist Union, 2019_Dartington Estate, UK, 2022 © CYLAND_Image by Anna Frants_2
Alexandra Dementieva, Sleeper, 2015–2017, UK, 2022 © CYLAND_Image by Alexandra Dementieva_2

FERMENT is an arts and ecology festival which explores fermentation in its broadest sense — of both fermenting food and also ideas — and offers an exciting range of activities with food and art as mediums for creative engagement.

Through free art trails around the Dartington Estate, talks, performances and workshops, we will be exploring the metamorphoses that fermentation represents.


Join us for our opening gathering where there will be guided tours of the exhibits, a DJ session on the Great Lawn and tasty fermented food and drink. The MA Arts and Ecology students will also be presenting an exhibition of work in the Gallery and some other site specific happenings.

Both weekends will offer concerts, family theatre, talks and active food fermentation workshops.  Saturday morning kicks off with Butter Aerobics class outside the Welcome Centre, followed by some hands-on krautchi and sourdough workshops over the two weekends. Artists from CYLAND will be offering free workshops to explore some of the technology they use in creating their artwork. LAS theatre are bringing their joyful, outdoor performance for families, The Rascally Diner, and we are delighted to be welcoming brilliant singer-songwriter Ana Silvera. During the weekday evenings, the exhibits will remain open until 9pm, and will be accompanied by a special installation of Eclipse, a video and sound installation in the Great Hall which will start after dusk each day.

Dirty Electronics will also be running workshops in schools in Torbay and Newton Abbot throughout the festival.

Full Programme


Dartington Trust is a centre for learning, arts, ecology and social justice based on a 1,200 acre site near Totnes, in Devon. Throughout our history we have drawn leading artists and thinkers including Bernard Leach, composer Igor Stravinsky, cellist Jacqueline du Pre, musician Ravi Shankar, playwright Bernard Shaw and environmental activist Vandana Shiva.

“Today, we are: Schumacher CollegeDartington Arts SchoolResearch in Practice, and Dartington School for Social Entrepreneurs

— a social-enterprise hub for like-minded organisations and charities

— a place for nature with range of conservation, agroforestry and sustainable food-growing projects.

— a creative community with a year-round programme of art and craft short courses, theatre, music and dance events as well as a wide selection of films at the independent Barn Cinema.

We are also an award-winning destination with woodland walks, riverside trails, cafés, and restaurants and family-friendly activities.”

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