The Arts Festival has been going for 11 years and has become a much loved 5-day festival. We have workshops, talks, exhibitions, music, dance, competitions and open studios. We had over 40 different events at the last festival. The festival is always held during the February half-term holidays, so we make sure there are two events each day for children.
Our aim is to make these events as inclusive as possible, so most are free with an invitation for donations but unfortunately, the last festival saw donations down by over 25% and we rely on the donations to keep the festival going. We think this may be because many people haven't been carrying cash since the pandemic and we can't see this getting any better. With the terrible rise in the cost of living, we really don't want to have to start charging for events.
Every donation will help, however small, and will be very much appreciated.