Sidmouth Festival facing closure after 50 years

published: Fri 7th May 2004

Friday 30th July to Friday 6th August 2004
Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8XR, England MAP
ALL full week and day season tickets are now SOLD OUT. Tickets still available for the Knowle Arena
last updated: Thu 18th Sep 2003

Sidmouth International Festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year from 30th July - 6th August with a great line-up and record ticket sales, all pointing to a superb event. It is expected to be a landmark in the festival's history and growth, and this year will be televised nationally.

However, there is now considerable uncertainty about the festival's future. The financial risk involved in organising and staging such an event has grown considerably over recent years, and the current festival management find themselves unable to commit to events in the future without establishing a security fund of £200,000 to underwrite the festival in case of adverse weather.

Sidmouth International Festival contributes in the region of £5,000,000 to the local economy, yet business in the district fail to realistically support the festival's Patron Scheme. Also after 50 years of support, East Devon District Council have indicated their financial support will soon come to an end, exposing the management to even greater risk than before.

Faced with this situation, the 50th Sidmouth Festival will be the last one organised by the current management.

The organisers are aware that this news will shock many of the event's supporters. This decision has not been reached lightly. The only way that the current management is prepared to consider a future beyond the 50th festival is to secure sufficient underwriting.

If there are companies or individuals willing to make significant financial contributions towards this underwriting they should register their interest to the Festival Office by Friday 28th May. Based on the response, final decisions on the future of the festival in 2005 and beyond will be made in early June.

The festival can be contacted at PO Box 296, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3XU, UK or by email to info@sidmouthfestival.com.

Friday 30th July to Friday 6th August 2004
Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8XR, England MAP
ALL full week and day season tickets are now SOLD OUT. Tickets still available for the Knowle Arena
last updated: Thu 18th Sep 2003


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