Eastbourne Festival is taking a sabbatical!
The original concept of the annual Eastbourne Festival was to enable all strands of the arts from all parts of the town to be drawn together once a year to showcase their work with others including local, regional,national and international professionals, to network with other associations in the town and outside it and to increase expertise by participating in workshops run by others. The Festival has been an open access festival so that anyone who felt able to organise an event or Artist's Open House
was encouraged to do so under the auspices of The Eastbourne Festival CIC
which has acted as a promotion company for the event.
Over the past few years the Eastbourne Festival has grown organically and has attracted some exciting professional events in addition to some excellent local contributions. Throughout that time all the organisation, which has involved a huge amount of work, has been carried out purely voluntarily by successive Directors and volunteers to whom we are very grateful. We are particularly grateful to those who have provided sponsorship, either financially or in kind, which has been extremely helpful.
The time has come where organic growth has reached its potential. To ensure future growth and success the Festival must move to the next stage of development. This involves the provision of professional artistic direction, the establishment of annual themes and the abililty to attract larger audiences by commissioning professional events. To enable this, the Festival requires formal funding and sponsorship and the ability to attract paid professionals.
The Eastbourne Festival will therefore be taking a sabbatical for 2016 whilst the future is considered. Expressions of interest are invited from anyone who may feel able to contribute either by way of future funding or sponsorship or preparedness to offer future help with fund raising and artistic direction. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your ideas.
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