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Thread #76150   Message #1346957
Posted By: GUEST,Guest
03-Dec-04 - 11:53 PM
Thread Name: Raising Money to Save Sidmouth Festival
Subject: RE: Raising Money to Save Sidmouth Festival
There's some good positive debating on this thread regarding the future of Sidmouth. What a welcome contrast to the childish postings on other threads.

Pat Cooksey makes the point that festivals abroad often get much better funding and support from their local communities than here in the UK. Everyone rallies round. But the bigger festivals abroad also have professional organisers because it is a full-time job making the whole thing work well.

Here in the UK most festivals are run by enthusiastic, dedicated amateurs who do it because they love the music and not because they hope to make a swift buck.

Perhaps those of us who attend festivals take the organisers for granted. We're not risking many thousands of pounds of our own money if things go wrong.

'Another Festival Organiser' makes some valid points above and those of us who enjoy attending festivals should perhaps give more thought to the views of those who organise things for us to enjoy.

Is Sidmouth worth raising lots of money for? Can the Festival survive and prosper? Not in its present form if the Council and local businesses won't help to fund it. They perhaps need to experience a year without a Festival in order to understand what they risk losing.

But that is not to say the dedicated diehards should not return to The Anchor or The Bedford and still enjoy a song and a jar with their friends in venues that have given consistent support to the Sidmouth Festival over many years.

It's the businesses who don't support the festival who deserve to lose out. Not those that do.