“This is your festival and now more than ever we can’t do it without you!” – Noreen Meehan, Crystal Palace Overgroimage1-2und Festival Director 

Crystal Palace Overground Festival, a celebration of music, arts and culture, is turning to local residents in a plea for support to ensure this year’s festival remains largely free of charge.

The festival has previously received funding from a number of sources including the Arts Council, but with grant-giving bodies seeing their budgets slashed, events like the festival are facing shortfalls in funding.

Festival director Noreen Meehan said “Last year over 6,000 people came to the event, most of which is totally free of charge – this is a key value of the festival as we want it to be accessible to all no matter what. There was music, art, theatre, comedy, a vintage event, great activities for kids and families – people from all walks of life came and had a great time.”

“This year we want to make the festival even better, but without this funding there’s just no way we can do it. The festival team are working hard to raise funding from sponsorship, advertising, stall fees, bar income, ticket income, listings fee and merchandise and these activities will raise around £30,000 from our wonderful local businesses and fundraising by the team.”

“We need to raise a further £19,000 by the middle of April to ensure the festival goes ahead in 2015 and are asking local people to make a donation. It doesn’t have to be a lot. For example, if 121 people give £20 that will cover the cost of the main stage. Or 117 people giving £15 will ensure we have toilets. Both very important parts of the festival of course!” said Noreen.

The festival, which this will take place from 24 – 28 June 2015, is proud of its unique role in celebrating the spirit of the Crystal Palace community, as well as drawing in an diverse audience from further afield. 

Anyone wishing to donate to the festival can do so via the festival’s website – crystalpalacefestival.org

Many thanks for your help and support 

Noreen and the CPOF team 

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