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Thread #76150   Message #1346579
Posted By: George Papavgeris
03-Dec-04 - 02:13 PM
Thread Name: Raising Money to Save Sidmouth Festival
Subject: RE: Raising Money to Save Sidmouth Festival
I will second what GUEST,Another Festival Organiser said. There are "festival towns" that truly embrace their local event and help it along. One of the best examples this year has to be Bedworth, where the discover of asbestos during refurbishment of the main venue comples (the Arts Centre) meant delays and non-availability of the venues. The town rose to the occasion to help Malc Gurnham (the organiser), and no less than 4 news superb venues came out of the woodworks, at least two of which were so pleased with how everything went, that they asked to be considered for next year also - even though the Arts Centre will be ready again by then. Two of those venues could support 3-400 audiences with huge stage for really big acts, giving rise to real possibility of sensible growth.

And the shopkeepers and traders and the townies of Bedworth are always supportive and welcoming to the folkies. Sessions to suit all tastes in three locations. Central location, easily accessible by road and rail.

Showy Sidmouth could learn from lowly Bedworth.