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Pssst… wanna run a festival?

Hmmm… our beloved Council is looking for someone to run the HB Festival. You’ll have to hurry though – the closing date for applications is 16th January 2013. Don’t these people ever plan ahead? Do they really think they’ll get the best possible applicants by leaving it until a few days before Christmas to publish the invitation to tender? Unless, of course, they’ve already got someone in mind…

Council seeks coastal festivals delivery partners

city council is looking for organisations or individuals who think they
have what it takes to build on the successes of the Whitstable Oyster
Festival and Herne Bay Festival in 2013.

The successful delivery
partners will take the established festival brands and develop an
exciting programme of events and activities to take them to the next

Managing and delivering these popular events that regularly attract
up to 15,000 people each year, the successful organisations will
actively work within the local communities to shape, and help put their
mark on, these annual community celebration events.

The council is keen to ensure that events and activities that are
important to the local community, economy and visitors, such as the
coastal festivals, are led by those that have the experience,
specialisms and networks to ensure their future growth and success.

The council will be looking to contract new delivery partners for
both festivals in early 2013. Expressions of interest from organisations
or individuals are being sought through the south east business portal
at www.businessportal.southeastiep.gov.uk ,
where the opportunities and individual requirements for each festival
are set out. The closing date for expressions of interest is Wednesday
16 January 2013.

The council’s Head of Culture and Enterprise, Janice McGuinness,
said: “The coastal festivals are an excellent example of how culture,
tourism and our local economy can enhance our communities by promoting
and celebrating what’s great about where we live.

“Ensuring our festivals are rooted within our local communities is
key to their future development and growth, and the council looks
forward to working with the new delivery partners.”

CCC 21 December 2012

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