26th January 2016
Local groups organising events during June and July are being urged to sign up to be part of this year’s Basingstoke Festival to help showcase the talent in the borough.
Registration has now opened for the fifth year of the festival, which is coordinated by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. It gives the opportunity to include events from comedy, music or dance to art and craft exhibitions and workshops in the Basingstoke Festival 2016, running from Friday 17 June to Sunday 10 July.
If accepted as part of this year’s festival, events will be included in on the website, as well as printed copies distributed free to 12,000 people.
Last year the festival boasted a bumper programme of events across the borough including attractions as diverse as free street entertainment in Basingstoke town centre featuring local, national and international artists, a cheese and chilli festival, a zombie apocalypse performance and rock legend Elvis Costello.
A survey showed 93% of the 2015 event organisers want to be involved in the 2016 Basingstoke Festival, with 85% of indicating that their events within the festival were positively received by the audience and attracted new audiences.
Registration runs until Friday 11 March and is free via an online form or by calling 01256 844844 for a registration form.
The borough council’s Cabinet Member for Partnerships Cllr Cathy Osselton said: “This year we want to take the Basingstoke Festival to new heights with an energetic mix of quality events for all ages in venues across the borough. Fast becoming known as a brilliant showcase for arts and performance across the borough, the festival benefits from the full involvement of home grown talent and community-based groups.
“If you are holding a small theatre production in a local village hall or organising a world premiere concert, we want you to be involved in the festival to help show the wealth of talent and culture we have in the borough. I encourage groups and venues to sign up to share their performances with a wider audience.”
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