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Corn Riots Festival

The Corn Riots Festival is a new celebration of culture which will run from Friday 24 to Monday 27 September 2021, with additional activities before and after.

Thursday 23 September

​Thursday 23 September
​What's on
​10am to 8pm Norman market at The Weighbridge
  • Free, no booking required
  • Stalls selling Normandy cheese, cider, saucisson, fruits and vegetables

​10am to 5pm

​Exhibition: People! Power! Protest! at Jersey Museum
  • Jersey Museum entry fee, no booking required
  • The story of protest in Jersey, from the Corn Riots of 1769 to the Black Lives Matter movement of 2020

Friday 24 September

Friday 24 September
​What's on

​10am to 5pm

​Exhibition: People! Power! Protest! at Jersey Museum
  • Jersey Museum entry fee, no booking required
  • The story of protest in Jersey, from the Corn Riots of 1769 to the Black Lives Matter movement of 2020
​10am to 8pm Norman market at The Weighbridge
  • Free, no booking required
  • Stalls selling Normandy cheese, cider, saucisson, fruits and vegetables
​3pm to 4.30pm
​Official opening at Town Hall Assembly Room
  • Invitation only
​From 5.30pm

Conversation au Pub: Edition Spéciale at Blue Note Bar first floor

​7pm to 8.30pm
Play: ​Je Ne Bougé de Céans at Town Hall Assembly Room
9pm to 11pm​

​Opera: La Chauve-Souris (The Bat / Die Fledermaus) in the Royal Square (Town Hall if weather is poor)

  • Free, bring your own seat
  • Recording of Opera de Rennes performing Johan Strauss' masterpiece
  • In German with French subtitles

Saturday 25 September

​Saturday 25 September
​What's on

​10am to 5pm

​Exhibition: People! Power! Protest! at Jersey Museum
  • Jersey Museum entry fee, no booking required
  • The story of protest in Jersey, from the Corn Riots of 1769 to the Black Lives Matter movement of 2020
​10am to 8pm
Norman market at The Weighbridge
  • Free, no booking required
  • Stalls selling Normandy cheese, cider, saucisson, fruits and vegetables
​9am to 2pm
​Pétanque in The Weighbridge
  • Free, no booking required
  • Tournament between the 12 parish twinning committees
  • Separate pitch open to everyone, from beginners to experienced players
​10.30am to 12pm
1pm to 2.30pm
3pm to 4.30pm

​Banner making workshops in the People! Power! Protest exhibition at Jersey Museum & Art Gallery

  • £11.19, for ages 14 and over
  • Registration required
  • Be inspired by the Corn Riots protestors to create a banner (you could use it during Sunday's parade from Trinity Church)
  • Ticket price includes entry to the People! Power! Protest! exhibition where you'll find plenty of inspiration
​1.45pm to 3pm
2.45pm to 4pm
Escape games at Jersey Library
  • Free, ages 10 and over
  • Registration required
  • Teams of up to six have an hour to look for clues and solve puzzles
4pm to 5:30pm
​Secret gig
  • Free, no booking required, 18 and over
  • Venue and band to be announced shortly before on social media (#CornRiotsJSY)
7pm to 9pm

Talk on languages, and cider tasting, at Société Jersiaise Members' Room

  • Free, aged 18 and over
  • Registration required
  • Virtual talk by Professor Mari Jones on the importance of studying endangered languages and her current research project on the Collas Glossary of the Norman Languages in the Channel Islands
  • Cider tasting provided by Maison de la Normandie et de la Manche with a Jèrriais touch

Sunday 26 September

​Sunday 26 September
​What's on

​10am to 5pm

​Exhibition: People! Power! Protest! at Jersey Museum
  • Jersey Museum entry fee, no booking required
  • The story of protest in Jersey, from the Corn Riots of 1769 to the Black Lives Matter movement of 2020
​6.50am
​La Lettre Jèrriaise on BBC Radio Jersey
​10am to 8pm
Norman market and craft stalls in Beresford Street and Halkett Place (roads closed to traffic)
  • Free, no booking required
  • Stalls selling Normandy cheese, cider, saucisson, fruits and vegetables
  • Genuine Jersey stalls
  • Street entertainers
​10am to 12pm
Jèrriais films shown at Jersey Museum
  • Free, no booking required
  • Jèrriais films in the audio-visual theatre
​10.45am to 12pm
​French tour of La Hougue Bie
​10.30am to 12pm
​Film at La Hougue Bie
  • Hougue Bie entry fee, no booking required
  • The Legend of La Hougue Bie: a film in Jèrriais with English subtitles

​12pm to 7.30pm
​Live music, arts, and theatre on stage in the Royal Square
  • Free, no booking required
  • Details of artists on social media (#CornRiotsJSY)
​2pm to 3pm

Cultural walk leaving from Le Crapaud at Charing Cross

3pm to 3.30pm
​Bachîn ringing and Norman games in the Royal Square
  • Free, no booking required
​4pm to 6pm
Parade from Trinity Church to the Royal Square
  • Free, no booking required
  • Follow the historical route that the Corn Rioters followed 252 years ago
​6pm to 7pm
Jèrriais dancing in the Royal Square
  • Free, no booking required
  • Learn traditional Jèrriais and French dances
  • Les Chaboleurs (The Shufflers) will demonstrate and encourage audience participation
​8pm to 11pm
Film screening: Les Misérables in the Royal Square (Town Hall if weather is poor)
  • Free, bring your own seat
  • Tom Hooper's epic 2012 period musical

Monday 27 September (public holiday)

​Monday 27 September (public holiday)
​What's on

​10am to 5pm

​Exhibition: People! Power! Protest! at Jersey Museum
  • Jersey Museum entry fee, no booking required
  • The story of protest in Jersey, from the Corn Riots of 1769 to the Black Lives Matter movement of 2020
10am to 8pm
Norman market and craft stalls in Beresford Street and Halkett Place (roads closed to traffic)
  • Free, no booking required
  • Stalls selling Normandy cheese, cider, saucisson, fruits and vegetables
  • Genuine Jersey stalls
  • Street entertainers
10am to 12pm
Gruffalo's Child: book launch at Société Jersiaise Members' Room
  • Free
  • Registration required
  • The story of The Gruffalo's Child retold in Jèrriais, followed by craft activities
  • Family will receive a free copy of the book to take away and practise at home

Why we are celebrating the Corn Riots and Code of 1771

The Corn Riots Festival, or La Folle d'Avoût (a Jèrriais phrase which means ‘the wild spirit of harvest’), marks the 250th anniversary of major legislative reform that transformed society in Jersey.

In 1769, frustrations with food shortages, rising prices, an unfair taxation system, and Jersey's power structure led to the storming of the Royal Court by around 500 Islanders in what became known as The Corn Riots.

Two years later, the Code of 1771 was introduced, establishing controls on the authority of the Royal Court and States Assembly.

About the Corn Riots Festival

The festival brings together


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