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Frome and its Festival

The Frome Festival is the largest community festival in Somerset and 2019 will be its nineteenth year. It comprises ten days of music of all kinds, art, drama, literature, comedy, film, photography, involvement in environmental issues, gardens and gardening, fashion, local history, science and technology, and multi-media presentations. There are workshops, interactive events and master classes, walks, and the famous Hidden Gardens, Open Studios and the World Food Feast. The Festival attracts professional artists and performers of international and national status, including several who live locally. We also draw upon abundant local amateur talent. All in all there are around 200 events in 40 different venues.

Frome is a vibrant and historic market town in Somerset, dating back to 685 and with a population of around 27,000. It boasts the largest number of listed buildings in Somerset. During the Festival period the town’s population swells and enquiries to the information centre almost double. We estimate some 18,000 people join in the huge range of free and ticketed events running in the many venues across the town and around the streets. The Frome Festival operates in a similar way to the Edinburgh Fringe, in that the ideas and promotions come to us from various sources. Some venues organise their own programme of performances and exhibitions within the festival’s remit. In addition the Festival actively promotes many of the main events each year, financially underwriting large scale concerts and performances. The risk factor is very high and our only remaining public subsidy is from Frome town council. The Festival is run almost entirely on volunteer effort and many members of the community are involved in a huge range of ways throughout the year. Frome Festival is a company limited by guarantee and has been a registered charity (no. 1120329) since 30 July 2007.

20,000 copies of the iconic Festival Brochure are distributed across an area of 500 square miles around Frome across Somerset, Wiltshire, Bath and Bristol.

In order to deliver such a wide variety of high quality events we rely on corporate sponsorship and advertising in our Festival brochure and on our website. If you would like to find out more about our levels of sponsorship, and preferential advertising rates, please contact the office on 01373 453889 or and a member of our sponsorship team will be in touch.

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