We’re getting excited at the Festival office, with planning for the 2019 Festival now underway. Next year’s Festival theme will celebrate the rich cultural and industrial heritage of our town, with the bicentenary of the birth of JW Singer who established the Singer Foundry in Frome. As our office is based in the old Singer shop, with the Singer gold lettering still visible, we already have a strong link. We’re eagerly awaiting the first glimpse of next year’s brochure cover design from our illustrator Sholto Walker!
Yesterday evening two of our trustees, Gail Norris and Dara O’Hare, did a presentation to Frome Town Council with our Festival Director Martin Dimery, which was very well received. The Festival has been running for almost twenty years now, and for ten days every July our town is full of things to do and see, with a massive influx of visitors, and a huge boost to local businesses. Let’s hope we can keep it running for another twenty!
The Festival dates for next year are the 5th-14th July and the Hidden Gardens, one of our most popular events, will take place on the second Festival weekend for three days, Friday 12th – Sunday 14th. Gardens included, range from large to the small, fully mature or wild, some with garden ornaments, ponds, summer houses and even one with a bar. Allotments full of flowers, fruit and vegetables are also included. Many Hidden Gardeners have tea, coffee and cake on sale to sustain their visitors, and some also sell plants and preserves, raising money for their favourite charities. One comment left by a Hidden Gardens visitor was: “Very welcoming people, kids had fun and lovely cakes!” If you would like to enter your Garden the deadline is the 1st April 2019.
Another important date to remember is of course the Food Feast which will take place as usual on the first Saturday, the 6th July. If it’s your first time, you can expect food and drink from all around the world, from African curries, to vegetarian mezze plates. It starts at 5pm in the Market Yard, between the river and the Cheese and Grain, with great bands, dancing and entertainment, and of course it’s free.
We are a hybrid fringe Festival, and it’s thanks to all of the individuals, promoters, venues, landlords, artists, performers, charities, societies, musicians, businesses, gardeners, groups, etc… that we have a truly diverse festival, run by the people for the people.
If you would like to get involved in the Festival next year the deadline for brochure entries is the 1st March, and costs are as follows:
Standard Entry £60 Repeat Event £30
Workshop £50 Repeat Workshop £25
Large Events 100+ Capacity £100
Large Event 200+ Capacity £125
With venues getting booked already, if you’d like to be part of the Festival, it’s time to start planning your event. We look forward to hearing from you!
THE FESTIVAL TEAM