The Corn Riots Festival


The Jersey Corn Riots Festival will run from Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October.

Throughout September your child will be invited to take part in sessions with their school which will increase their understanding of Jersey’s unique heritage and the Island's distinct and vibrant culture. The activities will include:

  • in-school workshops
  • out-of-school visits
  • activities for schools to run in-house
  • events and activities for families to enjoy out of school

The activities will include music, dancing, art activities, visits to the museum and much more. There will also be an opportunity for schools to visit the People, Power and Protest Exhibition at the Jersey Museum.

You can find out a lot more about the kind of activities that are on offer, including some weekend events on this page:

Creative Island Partnership: The Corn Riots Festival

Why do we remember The Corn Riots?

In 1769, the people of Jersey experienced food shortages and they had an unfair tax system which led to rising prices. This made the people angry and they rose up causing a riot against those in power. This became known as The Corn Riots. Two years later the Royal Court and the States of Jersey were formed to govern the Island. This was the very beginning of the democratic government  that we have today.

You can learn more about the history of The Corn Riots from the links below:

The Corn Riots: What were they and how is Jersey marking the anniversary?

Jersey Heritage: What were the Corn Riots all about?

What is a democracy?

A democracy is a government that is run by the people.

There are other forms of government, including monarchies and dictatorships, in which the people do not have a say in government. In a democracy, people voice their opinions by voting on important issues and by voting on who they think should lead the government. The voting system during an election helps to choose the new government leaders. A democratic system is focused on protecting the human rights of all people and it encourages all individuals above a certain age to participate in politics. Laws apply equally to all citizens. A stable democracy ensures freedom of expression for its people and a respect for human rights. See how democracy functions in Jersey and around the world at

History of the States Assembly
History of the States Chamber
Video introduction to the States Assembly
United Nations International Day of Democracy


Democracy is "government of, by and for the people"
Abraham Lincoln