Chorlton Arts Festival has received a record number of submissions from the community this year, with in excess of 200 applications sent in by the deadline in January.
Organisers are delighted about the continued popularity of the event, now established as one of the most vibrant in the region, and it means that this year’s Festival will feature even more performances and events than ever before. Although the vast majority of applications have come from the local community, there have been some with an international flavour, and submissions have been received from as far afield as New York and Berlin. The event has a blossoming reputation for being a breeding ground for ideas, for top performances in music and comedy, and for a commitment to invest in artists.
Festival Director, Philip Hannaway says: “This year we have been totally overwhelmed by the response from the local community. It’s going to take us a little longer to work through the submissions, but we’ll be contacting artists by the end of February. One thing is for sure: this year’s Festival will be the biggest, most diverse and best yet!”
Submissions have included music, drama, comedy, visual arts and special events, and the Festival will be working with more venues than ever to accommodate the exhibitions and acts. Chorlton Arts Festival runs from Thursday 19 May to Monday 30 May and tickets for the Festival Highlights will go on sale through the website in March, with a number of top names promised as CAF continues to develop its reputation for high-quality arts.
This year also sees the launch of a Friends Of scheme, which will give local people the chance to support the Festival. Anyone can become a Friend Of Chorlton Arts Festival by pledging just £10 and all funds will go directly into community activity. More information is online at www.chorltonartsfestival.com. Philip says the launch of the scheme comes as finding funding becomes more difficult: “As everybody will be aware, funding for the arts has taken a big hit, and Chorlton Arts Festival is not immune to this. We are grateful for the continued support of many of our Festival partners in 2011. The Friends Of scheme will allow local people to show their support and help secure the Festival’s long-term future.”
CAF is one of the largest multi-arts events in the north of England and a showcase for visual and performing artists, including local talent and famous names. The Festival is committed to exploring new opportunities, and in May 2010 commissioned its first-ever artist in residence to create a unique Chorlton artwork exhibited in the Festival Hub, a new community studio and gallery space. The Festival experienced record attendance figures in 2010, with over 25,000 people at the 100 or so events and exhibitions over the 10 days.
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