HEDFEST began to take shape last night as a result of the public meeting held in St Augustine’s Church. Around 50 people attended the event to find out more information and to register their interest in taking part in the Hedon Festival to be staged in the town from Friday teatime 14th August through to late on Saturday night of 15th August 2015.
John Holtby said that his Cornucopia organisation would be working with Hedon Town Council to stage the event and thanked East Riding of Yorkshire Council for its support through its High Street Fund. He said the main components of the festival would comprise local music, comedy and poetry with a literary element.
Three major venues would be used, each themed differently and with a major festival organising body coordinated via Cornucopia taking the lead. These are (links are to Facebook pages, please ‘like’ and join the wider festival community):
- St Augustine’s Church where the ReCOGnition stage would be set up by the vibrant arts festival organisers of the same name who will bring a variety of artists and music including choral, classical and contemporary.
- Alexandra Hall would bring live music from up and coming Hull and East Yorkshire bands organised by Quiet Riot the music festival organisers of the Beverley Alternative.
- An open air area (still to be formally agreed) which would be the marquee or tented area bringing a variety of cabaret and entertainment. This area would be managed by Off The Road who annually deliver Cottingham’s Springboard Festival.
Each of these venues would restrict entry to those who buy a festival wristband which is expected to cost around £5 for the whole weekend.
The local pubs are invited to get involved in HedFest and will be putting on HedFest themed acts, poetry and comedy too. Representative from the Haven Arms, The Station, The Queen’s Head and members of the British Legion Club attended the meeting last night.
A carnival with a procession through town and a ‘trash fashion show’ would be held on the Saturday. Both events could explore the theme of HedFest with preparatory workshops being organised via local community groups, schools and youth groups to make headwear, bonnets, caps, masks, and carnival and fashion show costumes.
Steve Elliott of IOTA Visual Arts was at the meeting displaying some of the carnival character heads and costumes made for other festivals. Similar could be made for HedFest and help bring Hedon’s streets to life during the carnival.
Steve will also be commissioned to make one major piece of work to symbolise HedFest which will reflect the festival’s theme but also the ancient history of Hedon. This piece of work will become the property of the town and possibly be put on display afterwards at Hedon Museum.
The aim of the festival is to strengthen and build the local community and economy. So local groups and local businesses will get the first option when it comes to putting on stalls and food – the organisers will only look at external providers where it is not possible to do something at a local level. There will be an appeal made to local businesses to contribute towards the festival costs and the payback to local businesses will be the benefits they can glean from the thousands of extra people who could potentially visit the town during the festival.
As well as those wishing to get involved as performers, musicians, artists, hosts, venues, providers, etc, there will be many opportunities for people to volunteer during HedFest e.g. stewards and marshals.
John Holtby said ambitiously that he hoped HedFest could accommodate all those that wanted to get involved. Those who wish to volunteer and help in organising the whole event can apply to join the Hedon Town Council Events Committee.
In all instances the first point of contact should be by email (or letter) to:
The Town Clerk, Hedon Town Hall, St Augustine’s Gate, Hedon, HU12 8EX.
The Town Hall is open from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
#Please note the Town Hall is only staffed part-time. They have agreed to collect enquiries and information and relay that to the relevant organisers so there may be some delay in receiving a response to your enquiry.
We hope to keep everyone updated via the Hedon Blog and our new HedFest Facebook Page (which in the last week has gained 239 likes). And on Twitter look for the #HedFest15 hashtag (thanks Deborah Stevenson).