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Coastal Currents 2019

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Raised by 197 people in 5 months
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Hastings Borough Council is cutting the funding for Coastal Currents 2019.

The council has consistently funded the ever-growing and popular festival for the past 20 years.  On this, the 20th birthday of the festival (established in 1999) the council has withdrawn this vital £20k seed funding.

The festival relies on this money to be able to apply to the Arts Council England and other funders to leverage a much larger pot to fund the 5 week long festival.

Therefore we are asking the community to help ensure we can apply for this funding in March by gathering first 20 thousand pounds to put on Coastal Currents 2019.

The Festival not only brings press attention, huge volumes of visitors, but also extends the season, repackages this area as the “seaside place to be”, the creative hub of the South Coast and has helped drive many regeneration projects over the past two decades.

Any donation you can give would be so appreciated and hopefully we can band together and create the biggest and best Coastal Currents so far.

Thank you for your ongoing support and help, together we can make it work!

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Thanks to everyone who has donated so far. It has been an uphill struggle this year, but I've raised the £20k needed to put in the Arts Council application and pressed the send button at 9.07pm tonight. And breathe. We won't find out until end of June. Then we have just two months to pull off a month-long festival. So we need this crowdfunder more than ever to keep things going until then. The more we raise the bigger the programme this year and boy, have we got a good programme planned. I am tired as anything, but like an excited school kid when I think about all the proposed projects for 2019. So let's keep sharing this and keep us moving forward. There is no guarantee that we get the Arts Council funding. I've bust a gut with a 211 page application, but if for whatever reason it fails, then that is another mountain to climb if we are running on a shoestring. Share share share and don't forget to submit an event, exhibition or Open Studio. We open submissions on the 1 April so get your ideas ready, put a rocket up your nearest venue and get them involved. Create, make, beautify, exhibit, teach, everyone can take part. Much love Tx
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So...I am mad - it is official. I am going to attempt to pull off an Arts Council England application to keep this festival going. But I need more of your support. I have a week to go (I'm three weeks behind from trying to raise funding) and I need the crowdfunder to do much much better as every penny donated helps me get match funding. I do hereby promise to attempt to pull off a Festival for 2019. I will also open up submissions for Open Studios soon. So I will disappear for a while to squirrel away and try and get this done. But meanwhile I need all of you to share share share for me. Much love. https://gofundme.com/coastal-currents-2019
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Great piece in the paper, although I'm not sure how seed funding the festival last year in any way helps it become financially independent this year. They are just making out like it's wholly my responsibility now... It's the whole of 1066's responsibility if they want a county wide arts festival!

https://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/major-hastings-arts-festival-facing-an-uncertain-future-1-8775089

Look at what happens with other major festivals... They aren't expected to survive without council help!

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/news/article/2348/legacy_funding_for_edinburghs_festivals_in_their_70th_anniversary_year

https://brightonfestival.org/news/brighton_dome_and_brighton_festival_retains_arts_council_npo_funding/
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So close to £3000 ... It's getting very exciting. I did a More Radio interview this morning and the BBC have covered it on their news page! Huge thanks to Nick Makasis for his incredible donation today which really helped us get close to 15% mark. He was also the front man in the band at the opening party last year! What a dude. So many donors to thank personally as you all are amazing for believing in the festival enough to part with your own money. Tx
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