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Chris Beardshaw2016082120170512 (R4)

Garden designer Chris Beardshaw joins presenter Verity Sharp to create and curate the festival of his wildest dreams. It's a chance for Chris to set the festival's agenda, chose the guests, pick the acts, dictate the weather, the food and the ambience. A festival where anyone - dead or alive - can be summoned to perform, and nothing is unimaginable.

Chris outlines his dream festival which takes place in an Egyptian Death Garden. It's a festival for a tiny audience and it happens in a small space and short time frame. He wants to take time out with his loved ones to reconsider the detail of life, celebrate craftsmanship and wonder at our place in the universe. He's bringing music from Pachelbel, Brian Eno and Green Day and poetry from Theo Dorgan. He's created a Paradise and, when his festival is over, the Death Garden will be handed over to another festival goer to invite their loved ones to experience their own 24 hour festival in this very special, walled space. And so the festival will be handed ever onwards.

Producer: Rosie Boulton
A Monty Funk production for BBC Radio 4.

Garden designer Chris Beardshaw creates and curates the festival of his imagination.

Tim Samuels invites guests to curate and create the festival of their wildest dreams

Chris Beardshaw20160821

Garden designer Chris Beardshaw creates and curates the festival of his imagination.

Tim Samuels invites guests to curate and create the festival of their wildest dreams

Eliza Carthy2016081420170511 (R4)

Folk musician Eliza Carthy joins presenter Verity Sharp to create and curate the festival of her wildest dreams. It's a chance for Eliza to set the festival's agenda, chose the guests, pick the acts, dictate the weather, the food and the ambience. A festival where anyone - dead or alive - can be summoned to perform, and nothing is unimaginable.

Eliza outlines her dream festival which takes place at Robin Hood's Bay. Finnish folk musicians Värttinä, Italian folk group Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino and Dreadzone are on the bill alongside Freddie Mercury, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Joe Venuti, Professor Brian Cox and Abba. Everyone's there and everything's possible in Eliza's feel good festival.

Producer Rosie Boulton
A Monty Funk production for BBC Radio 4.

Folk musician Eliza Carthy creates and curates the festival of her wildest dreams.

Tim Samuels invites guests to curate and create the festival of their wildest dreams

Eliza Carthy20160814

Folk musician Eliza Carthy creates and curates the festival of her wildest dreams.

Tim Samuels invites guests to curate and create the festival of their wildest dreams

Gillian Clarke2016080720170510 (R4)

Poet Gillian Clarke joins presenter Verity Sharp to create and curate the festival of her wildest dreams.

It's a chance for her to set the festival's agenda - chose the guests, pick the acts, dictate the weather, the food and the ambience. A festival where anyone - dead or alive - can be summoned to perform and nothing is unimaginable.

Gillian outlines her dream festival which she's entitled "Voice in a Space". It takes place in a cave in Wales and celebrates great poetry as well as ideas around building and ambiguity. Seamus Heaney, Shakespeare and Leonard Cohen are on the bill, alongside Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Producer: Rosie Boulton
A Monty Funk production for BBC Radio 4.

Poet Gillian Clarke creates and curates the festival of her dreams.

Tim Samuels invites guests to curate and create the festival of their wildest dreams

Gillian Clarke20160807

Poet Gillian Clarke creates and curates the festival of her dreams.

Tim Samuels invites guests to curate and create the festival of their wildest dreams