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Plans for Bromsgrove Festival relaunch discussed
10:20am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
BROMSGROVE Festival could be expanded into a wider arts and cultural celebration under a new proposal being discussed.
The festival first launched in 1960 and gained an international reputation for bringing talented musicians to the town to perform.
Although the festival once attracted large audiences over the years numbers dropped, which has led to a new group being formed aiming to revamp and relaunch the event.
The new group called a meeting to discuss the plans, which was held at Avoncroft Museum on August 14.
The first change has already been implemented, with the popular International Young Musicians Platform being renamed the Bromsgrove International Young Musicians' Competition.
The platform, which has traditional showcased upcoming young musicians, is being organised separately from the festival and will be held at a new location; Bromsgrove School, in April.
Discussions at the meeting surrounded the possibility of a move away from focusing on classical music, instead having the festival feature theatre, film, visual arts and a variety of music genres, including rock and folk.
It was also suggested ballet and street dance could be incorporated, and a broader audience attracted through the inclusion of non-arts events in the festival programme, such as beer and food festivals.
Including existing town events, such as Bromsgrove Carnival and the Court Leet’s Elizabethan Market, was also considered.
Organisers say the meeting was a resounding success, and the aim is to engage with a new, younger audience.
Various town groups have expressed their support including Artrix, All and Sundry, MadCap Productions, Bromsgrove Words and Avoncroft Museum.
Alastair Moseley, who formed the successful Orchestra of St John's Church in 2011, said he would welcome it coming under the Bromsgrove Festival umbrella.
“It has been something I have asked for before,” he said.
“The new Bromsgrove Festival would embrace art in all its forms - it is just what the town needs.”
Bob Bignell, who is involved with the new group, said: “People want it to take off, and put Bromsgrove on the map.
“One of the things we are looking at is moving the festival to June and July, as there are so many events held then that would be ideal being under the festival umbrella.”
The festival is scheduled to take place next year from June 14 until July 20, and it is hoped more groups and individuals from the area will get involved.
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