Posted: 21.07.21 at 14:01 by Lottie Welch
Bridport Folk Festival needs the support of the town and its businesses.
The event supports local charitable causes and, since the first event in 2017, has donated more than £8,000 to selected charities and causes.
With the restrictions caused by the pandemic, the organising committee felt that the operating funds for this year would be better used by donating the money to needy causes, such as the food bank. Which is why the committee needs to fundraise for this year’s festival taking place on August 13 to 15.
Chris Deacon, organiser of the event, said: “Whilst we are mindful of the pressures placed upon local businesses during the last two years, we are approaching this festival as a springboard to help the local economy gain lost ground.
“As a totally voluntary and unpaid committee giving freely our time and energy, we rely on the goodwill and support of like-minded people to achieve this goal.
“We are reliably informed by many businesses, and it cannot be denied, that the folk festival brings business to the town, from which we all derive benefit.
“Whether or not it floats your boat, these large events that bring people and their money to the town need every assistance possible from the good townspeople of Bridport to survive, be they business people or the valuable volunteers.”
The Bridport Folk Festival still has advertising and sponsorship spaces available.
Chris added: “I personally ask all local businesses to please support the festival in any way possible.
“The folk festival with its own complement of over 400 performers is one of, if not, the biggest festival that brings custom to the town. If we don’t get the support and help to make it viable, we will surely lose a potential gen in Bridport’s crown.”
A fundraiser will be taking place at Bridport Millennium Green on Sunday, July 25 where people can enjoy live music from 1pm. It is free but those attending are asked to support the festival through donations.
For more information about sponsorship and advertising, visit bridportfolkfestival.com
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