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I am writing to thank the many people who helped to put on the Harwich Festival this year. With over 45 events in 18 different locations, 5 exhibitions and 2 significant public art projects you need an army of volunteers who are committed to celebrating what our town has to offer, bringing in new and exciting performers and entertaining local people and visitors alike. A special thanks to our local performers, including children and young people, who contributed to the Music and Dance Collectives as well as separate concerts and gigs.

If you helped programme, market, fund, steward or organise the Festival I thank you. If you were on our Visual Arts Panel who organised the exhibitions, 20×20 and the Panel Project thanks to you as well, not forgetting our Urban Knitters and Textile Artists. Also a big thanks to our Harwich Box Office team for their many hours of volunteering to not only promote the Festival but every other event in the town as well.

Very many thanks should go to all of the other organisations who have helped us put on the Festival, so well done to the people at St Nicholas Church, the Harwich Society for Bobbitts Hole, the Redoubt, the High Lighthouse and catering for performers in The Foresters and thanks to the staff of all the other venues we used.

This year I wanted the Festival to include as much of the community as possible so thanks to the 3000 children who painted a panel and the people who submitted 485 20x20s. Great effort.

Lastly a big thanks to those who sponsored us, gave us grants, came and bought tickets, contributed to collections, bought t shirts or became Friends of the Festival – thank you all.

There was a great feeling of enjoyment during the Festival and real pride in what this town is about.  Let’s keep it up.

Peter Davis

Artistic Director Harwich Festival


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