Wind-dancing film to charm Priory House visitors

Picture by Graham Watson
Picture by Graham Watson

Head to Priory House Heritage Centre in Dunstable on Saturday, March 8 for the premiere screening of a special short film. It was made in Dunstable last year to document the creation of a new ‘wind charming’ festival for the town.

Arts charity Bedford Creative Arts invited Dunstable people and artist Laurence Payot to dance with the wind and create a new folklore.

In September, more than 1,000 people gathered on the Downs in gale force winds, having spent all summer ‘charming the wind’ in the town below.

Film-maker Tim Brunsden followed Laurence throughout this year-long project as she worked with hundreds of Dunstablians and a team of local creatives, defining what is important and meaningful for Dunstable residents today and inventing a folklore for the future.

As well as seeing the film on Saturday at 1pm, visitors can meet the artist and hear plans for this year’s wind charming event, the second in what is hoped will become a new annual tradition. Repeat screenings will follow during the afternoon. An exhibition of pictures by local photographers will accompany the screening and remain at Priory House for two weeks. See