Meet Tony Cordy – Founder of the Kidzfield at Glastonbury Festival

This year marks the first time the V&A packs its tent and sets off excitedly to Glastonbury to experience the sights, smells and sounds of the world’s largest greenfield festival. But in amongst the excitement there is also a more serious element to the V&A’s involvement at this year’s festival. The V&A is collaborating with the Glastonbury Festival to create an archive of over 40 years which will include an incredible treasure trove of posters, programmes, ephemera, films, designs and maps stretching back to the first festival in 1970.

The V&A with Glastonbury will capture some of this year’s festival stories – as we work together to consider how to preserve and document a living performance archive.

Tony Cordy is a regular contributor to the festival. This year is the 20th anniversary of the KidzField at Glastonbury Festival which Tony has been running since 1984. Every year Tony arrives on site in his bus about 10 days before the festival starts and oversees the creation of the spectacular and magical Kidzfield.

The Kidzfield is an extraordinary explosion of creativity just for kids – including workshops, rides, performances and talks. Kidzfield is free to all kids aged 12 and under, making it the largest free festival for kids in Europe.

A display of selected exhibits from the Glastonbury Festival archive will be on display in the V&A’s Theatre and Performance Galleries from March 2015 – January 2016.

2 thoughts on “Meet Tony Cordy – Founder of the Kidzfield at Glastonbury Festival

Emily LeQuesne:

This makes it sound as if there was no kids area before 1984 and that isn’t the case. I remember the ubiquitous swing boats , donkey rides, inflatables and a giant fly agaric mushroom house in the kids area right next to the pyramid field as early as 1977….

Katharine Kavanagh:

I agree with Emily – the title is misleading, and your article misses the setting up of the Children’s Area of the festival in 1979 by one of the original Festival Founders Arabella Churchill (who also launched the Theatre and Circus area in the same year, which she ran and organised until her untimely death in 2007).

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