The Morris Dancing troupes from villages in the UK are continuing a tradition that started way back in the Middle Ages already. You’ll recognise them because of their high steps, their ragged costumes, their sticks and their blackened faces. But now The Border Morris dancer’s’ banned at UK Folk Festival has meant the occasion is not as joyous as always, not quite as energetic. Fairly recently, the Shrewsbury Folk Festival, one of the UK’s biggest festivals, banned the Morris Dancing Troupes who were performing with black paint on their faces. In fact, the people responsible for planning the festival have suggested that they won’t be booking acts where full black paint face is used. It is believed that this was the very last time that Morris dancer would be showcasing this ancient custom. Some people expressed their anger saying that the use of full face black make-up is such an old tradition – what is wrong with it now?
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