Beverley Folk Festival's appeal to maintain free events

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Beverley Folk Festival's appeal to maintain free events

Post by manillapr » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:11 am


The award-winning Beverley Folk Festival has launched an online pledge campaign to help maintain its programme of free community events.

For over 30 years, the festival has been producing an annual weekend event to be remembered.

This year’s festival takes place from June 20-22 at Beverley Racecourse with a stellar musical line-up including Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy, Chas & Dave, Home Service, Lau and Thea Gilmore.

In addition the festival – a not-for-profit organisation – encompasses comedy, film, drama, poetry, literature and storytelling.

Also, the festival delivers a range of free admission events and activities for visitors, including:
• Free entry to the festival village, giving people the opportunity to enjoy the festival atmosphere, explore the craft stalls and perhaps even enjoy a real ale
• A wide range of fun and creative activities in The Den children’s marquee
• The Westwood Sessions, a free drop in practice and performance venue for young musicians age 11-18, nurturing new young talent both local and from further afield
• Free performances from selected festival artists on the Festival Green stage and across Beverley town centre

An online pledge campaign has been set up via CrowdFunder, with the aim of raising £3,200 to support the staging of free events at the festival, which was winner of the Remarkable Tourism Event at the 2014 REYTA awards.

In return for donations of various amounts, from £5 to £250, pledgers are offered a range of exclusive offers including tickets, merchandise or goodie bags.

Festival director Andrew Mills says: “Beverley Folk Festival is a not-for-profit organisation run by a small and dedicated group and supported by a loyal team of unflagging volunteers.

“We believe passionately in supporting our local community, which is why we are asking for support to nurture the links we share.”

The campaign runs until 22nd June and pledges can be made at

For festival information and tickets go to or tel: 01377 217569.

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