It’s hard to believe, looking in the mirror, that two years ago I had no hair ! But having endured the rigours of breast cancer treatment, I now find myself embarking on an ambitious project which involves organising a new family friendly fete and festival, the proceeds of which are being divided between Cancer Reseach UK and Folkstock Arts Foundation. The Foundation is a community interest company staffed by volunteers ( of which I am one) that I set up in February this year to mentor and market independent acoustic musicians, and we are honoured to have respected folk rock fiddler, Dave Swarbrick from Fairport Convention, as our Patron.
This is a link to the foundation for which the Festival is the flag ship event:
One of my pet hates to hear ' oh if only I'd known about it, I would have come '. I am sure any event organiser would concur! So if you think your friends might be interested in getting involved in some way, either by spreading the word or helping on the day, that would be great.
We have a few weeks to make an impact. All the ground work has been done over the last 5 months, artwork in place, license granted, websites built, social media in hand.
Ticket prices are £25 for an adult and £6 for a child 5 and over, and there are group rates and concessions so do it check out what bargains you can access from the website. For example, two adults and two children for £55.
Folkstock is being organised to provide a family friendly fete and festival and is attracting some very positive local press, radio and magazine articles. But it needs old fashioned word of mouth and personal recommendation to bring it all together.
We are delighted that the values of the community interest company which is behind the festival, are the subject of academic research and evaluation of the ‘social gain’ and 'community engagement' the festival is going to provide for the community and everyone associated with it. So we hope it will be something worthwhile from a fundraising point of view as well as from a social benefit perspective.
One of the missions of the Folkstock Foundation is to show people what superb original talent is out there waiting to delight them.
I think it's boring just to rely on preaching to the converted - where's the growth, where's the audience development, the broadening of minds?
I'd like to attract people to the festival who would not have considered coming to one before perhaps, or at least, one which has the word folk in the title. While there is a nod at folkish music on sometimes folky instruments.
The music is going to be excellent (if you like harmonies, melodies and ‘stripped back acoustic’ sound) and you can hear a selection of the artists here:
Can you help me spread the word? Perhaps put a poster up at work? Add one to your social media? If you have any ideas about this which would not inconvenience you or take too much of your time, or if would you are able to forward this email to a mailing list that would be hugely helpful.
Maybe you would like to offer a business / organisation / groupto which you are affiliated, a special discount if there are a group of you who would like to come? Or sponsor some aspect of the event in return for a number of tickets for your staff and their families?
Maybe you know some people who like volunteering at festivals or you might like to join in yourself?
This is something I am financing myself at the moment, so any help from sponsorship/ services or goods in kind, in return for tickets perhaps, would help me break even quicker so the proceeds can be distributed.
Anyone interested in helping out as a volunteer for the festival should contact me, Helen Meissner via the Folkstock email – each volunteer is not just being given a free pass for themselves for volunteering to steward for a six hour period, of the twelve hour event which runs from 11am to 11pm, but unusually for a festival of this kind, volunteers are also being offered a family pass for up to four people in addition to their own pass.
Anyone wishing to buy tickets for this event should go onto the website