Festival back for 2015

Festival back for 2015

Festival back for 2015

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THE Colchester Free Festival will not be held this year.

Organisers say they are concentrating on the 2015 event, which will be held over two days.

They want the festival to eventually generate money to fund arts in the town.

The festival in Colchester’s Castle Park was revived in 2010 and included live music, comedy, theatre and stalls.

Andy Winmill, organiser, said: “We've been overwhelmed by the level of support from volunteers and businesses.

“Taking a year out will enable us to build on that goodwill and seek the partnerships, investment and funding to ensure the festival continues on solid foundations and becomes a community asset that can generate a surplus to fund arts and creativity in the town for years to come.”

Traditionally the event has ended at 7pm, but organisers say the first day of next year’s festival will go on later into the evening.

It has been pencilled in for Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30.

Marc De'ath, co-organiser, said: “The festival to date has led a rather hand-to-mouth, year-to-year existence and it's time to scale our ambition and grow our team.

“It will put things on a more sustainable footing and place Colchester well and truly on the festival map.”

 

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10:27am Fri 20 Jun 14

Simon Taylor says...

Sounds like a good plan.
Sounds like a good plan. Simon Taylor
  • Score: 1

10:37am Fri 20 Jun 14

IpsumDelor says...

All the indicators seem to be that they left it too late to get anything organised for this year. As long as the current organisers are at the helm I'll believe there will be a Free Festival in 2015 when I am actually standing in Castle Park watching it.

Don't hold your breath everyone!
All the indicators seem to be that they left it too late to get anything organised for this year. As long as the current organisers are at the helm I'll believe there will be a Free Festival in 2015 when I am actually standing in Castle Park watching it. Don't hold your breath everyone! IpsumDelor
  • Score: 4

12:09pm Fri 20 Jun 14

ephemeral girl says...

IpsumDelor, I'm sure Andy and Marc would love an extra pair of hands. Why dont you volunteer to help out?
IpsumDelor, I'm sure Andy and Marc would love an extra pair of hands. Why dont you volunteer to help out? ephemeral girl
  • Score: 1

12:41pm Fri 20 Jun 14

romantic says...

IpsumDelor wrote:
All the indicators seem to be that they left it too late to get anything organised for this year. As long as the current organisers are at the helm I'll believe there will be a Free Festival in 2015 when I am actually standing in Castle Park watching it.

Don't hold your breath everyone!
You could always pitch in and help rather than just carp from the sides. We assume your organisational skills and local contacts are second to none.
[quote][p][bold]IpsumDelor[/bold] wrote: All the indicators seem to be that they left it too late to get anything organised for this year. As long as the current organisers are at the helm I'll believe there will be a Free Festival in 2015 when I am actually standing in Castle Park watching it. Don't hold your breath everyone![/p][/quote]You could always pitch in and help rather than just carp from the sides. We assume your organisational skills and local contacts are second to none. romantic
  • Score: -2

12:55pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Sorry to hear that this year's event is cancelled but, as always, I will bethere to help put up and take down the marquees and to enjoy the music and other activities. Here's to 2015! All volunteers welcomed.
Sorry to hear that this year's event is cancelled but, as always, I will bethere to help put up and take down the marquees and to enjoy the music and other activities. Here's to 2015! All volunteers welcomed. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 6

3:34pm Fri 20 Jun 14

IpsumDelor says...

romantic wrote:
IpsumDelor wrote:
All the indicators seem to be that they left it too late to get anything organised for this year. As long as the current organisers are at the helm I'll believe there will be a Free Festival in 2015 when I am actually standing in Castle Park watching it.

Don't hold your breath everyone!
You could always pitch in and help rather than just carp from the sides. We assume your organisational skills and local contacts are second to none.
Did you not actually read the story? There is nothing to help with. The festival is not happening. And I doubt it will take place next year either.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IpsumDelor[/bold] wrote: All the indicators seem to be that they left it too late to get anything organised for this year. As long as the current organisers are at the helm I'll believe there will be a Free Festival in 2015 when I am actually standing in Castle Park watching it. Don't hold your breath everyone![/p][/quote]You could always pitch in and help rather than just carp from the sides. We assume your organisational skills and local contacts are second to none.[/p][/quote]Did you not actually read the story? There is nothing to help with. The festival is not happening. And I doubt it will take place next year either. IpsumDelor
  • Score: 0

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