THE CRYSTAL PALACE FESTIVAL IS BACK!

This year’s Crystal Palace Festival will take place between June 15th and June 23rd.

A news release from festival organisers says: “This year’s Festival’s format will be a little different but still promises the same vibrant, fun and community focused atmosphere visitors have grown to enjoy.

“The Festival will be going back to its roots to focus on supporting the local businesses and the community, bringing visitors an exciting week of arts, culture and heritage in and around the Crystal Palace Triangle and local green spaces.”

Festival Week, called Up the Palace, will kick off on 15 – 16 June with a smaller event than usual in Crystal Palace park and will run over two days instead of one.The ‘village green’ beside the bus station on Crystal Palace Parade will feature performances from local artists including musicians, dancers, singers and provide an opportunity for the locals to show off their talent.

Festival Week will be bustling with the local traders, restaurants and bars opening their doors with special offers and a fun packed programme of artistic, heritage and cultural events.

“We are not opening applications for food traders for 2019” says a note to people accompanying their ‘expression of interest’ form.

But Crystal Palace Festival have told News From Crystal Palace today (Tuesday): “We are not taking food trader applications as we have lots of great local traders we want to work with, there will be great food at the Village Green event.”

Festival director Noreen Meehan says: “Now in its 13th year, the festival has grown year on year in popularity and has attracted around 30,000 visitors to the one day Park event alone.

“Led largely by a team of volunteers and delivered by an independent charity, the event costs a huge amount in both time and money – a testament to the dedication of our community.

“This year’s smaller park event coupled with our focus on supporting the local economy with a fabulous Festival Week will give us an opportunity to find a sustainable way of bringing the larger event back to Crystal Palace park, and keeping it accessible for everyone to enjoy.

“We are hugely grateful to local businesses Martin & Co. and Amphlett Lissimore, both long standing supporters of the Festival and our headline sponsors this year.

Our purpose is to bring arts, culture and heritage to everyone in the community by putting on a vibrant, fun and accessible event for everyone to enjoy. As a charity we rely on grants and public support to fund the Festival each year. For example in 2018 we were able to support disabled artists, deliver an intergenerational dance project for younger and older people, and perform concerts in care homes with the London Mozart Players.”

#CrystalPalaceFestival #YourFestival – get involved, volunteer and donate.  For more information, please visit crystalpalacefestival.org

The Crystal Palace Festival was launched in 2006 and grown each year to a become a popular event enjoyed by around 30,000 visitors of all ages.

The Festival is organised by a charity, The Great North Wood Collective, an independent arts charity, along with a dedicated group of volunteers.  Its mission is to bring people together and have fun while producing high quality arts, heritage and cultural events in an area of south London that is a recognised cold spot for the arts.

It firmly believes in the power of creativity and wants to improve and enhance the life of the local community through involvement in arts, heritage and culture. The Great North Wood Collective also organises events annually to help raise vital funds needed to make the Festival happen each year – and to ensure that everyone in the community can access the arts.(Source: Crystal Palace Festival)

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