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The annual folk dancing festival celebrated the folk dances and songs of many nations across the world. It provided an opportunity to perform new music and dances in continuity with tradition, and to share them with other teams.
By the 1950s the growth of the festival's popularity meant there was demand for two performances on Saturday. Between shows performers would remain in the Hall for a picnic lunch in the middle of the auditorium while for other performers, a visit to a local pub was the order of the day, undertaken with the knowledge that they had to perform again in the afternoon.
Image is a reproduction of the programme cover from 1958