The ‘Real Gypsy Fair’ Premiere

The international premiere of the NOISE documentary ‘The Real Gypsy Fair’ takes place in Appleby, Cumbria, where much of the film’s action is located

  • Type
    Film Premiere / Film Screening
  • Date
    21 June, 2007
  • Location
    Appleby - Cumbria

The international premiere of the NOISE documentary ‘The Real Gypsy Fair’ takes place in Appleby, Cumbria, where much of the film’s action is located. 

Back in 2006, we work with a group of young Romany Gypsy and Irish Travellers for two years. We teach them the ways to record their often undocumented culture through the historic Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria. Appleby Horse Fair is the oldest and most popular event for the UK Gypsy and Traveller community. Every June horses are traded and thousands of extended families converge on this usually sleepy English Village.

The resulting documentary is given the red carpet treatment at its first screening in 2007, shown at an Appleby cafe featured in the film, just a few days before the fair is due to start. We invite key community members including the Mayor, the local police, shop keepers and locals: the film opens up the often misunderstood culture of Gypsy and Travellers. The screening is a chance to dispel stereotypes, and for the locals to find out why Gypsy and Travellers travel to their town year after year.

The 'Real Gypsy Fair' project is undertaken in partnership with Gypsy and Traveller Exchange (G.A.T.E) in Leeds and Young Roots, a programme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Since the screening, the ‘Real Gypsy Fair’ documentary  has been viewed almost 100,000 times on YouTube, been mentioned on Breakfast TV, screened on Teachers TV, shown at national film festivals and continues to be bought by local Police Forces, schools and councils across the country.

You can get your copy here.

PRESS

  • Cumberland and Westmorland Times, 2007
  • Cumberland Times, 2007
  • Teletext – Remember this?
  • Yorkshire Evening Post, 2007

SUPPORTED BY

G.A.T.E Heritage Lottery Fund

The ‘Real Gypsy Fair’ project was undertaken in partnership with Gypsy and Traveller Exchange (G.A.T.E) in Leeds and Young Roots, a programme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.