Since the Renaissance Pleasure Faire left Agoura, moved to San Bernardino and then Irwindale, California there has been a desire to bring a more accessible regional faire back to the Ventura county area. A group of dedicated volunteers from the community, along with Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi and the non profit Simi Valley Cultural Association is making that dream a reality. In late summer of 2013, the Nottingham Festival will recreate the magic and revelry of an Elizabethan field and marketplace, replete with actors, vendors of various goods and merchandise, strolling musicians and jugglers, horse tournaments and special events, ...plus six theatrical stages, featuring children's theatre, exotic dancers, musical performers, a community theatre stage plus a replica of the famous Globe Theater. Members of several guilds will offer field trips for school children during the week, who will be able to experience first hand (and hands-on) the lifestyle and handicrafts of the 16th Century. A considerable portion of the proceeds from this non profit festival will be granted to smaller non profit agencies in the surrounding communities, and set aside for the further development of arts programs for youth. Descriptive Points: • Well branded, fifty year-old worldwide industry, with a pre-established audience • Originated less than ten miles away from proposed site • Proven concept and execution • Existing support system of close to 2000 vendors, entertainers and participants • Potential of close to 30,000 attendees in the first year, with marked increase in subsequent years • Will have immediate beneficial impact on all of Ventura county, particularly the cities of Moorpark, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks • Increased local economic impact, i.e.; restaurants, hotels, gas stations, supermarkets, building materials, retail, etc. • Educational opportunities and outreach • Will provide non profit support for smaller charitable organizations • Focus on giving back to the arts and educational community • Point of destination for all California residents – primarily San Diego to San Francisco • Experienced staff with over 40 combined years of networking in the industry • Producing entity with over 20 years of established reputation in Ventura county • Established, and enthusiastic local support from county and city representatives, and elected officials • High potential for self sustenance after the first two years • Non profit status of production entity allows for tax deductible expense • Ancillary opportunities • Oversight and development of other revenue generating events on site • Will bring positive focus and image to Ventura county and local community • Will create local employment opportunities, especially for youth • Affordable, interactive and educational entertainment for families • Raises cultural and historical awareness • Improving, not deterioration of location – creating a park-like, rustic setting • Low impact with potential for high return
Risks and challenges
Because of the popularity of this type of event (with a 50 year history!), and the experienced staff developing this project, there is not a lot of risk involved. Renaissance Faires have broad scope, in that they appeal to a wide variety of people and fit most every demographic. The only real risk we feel we might encounter is one of not garnering enough financial backing to meet deadlines for 2013. We have secured the land, we are in the permitting phase of the project and are in the process of raising seed money - of which this Kickstarter project is a small portion. Our larger sponsorships are due in the early part of this year, and include BofA, Wells Fargo and Union Bank. It's the initial costs that we are hoping to raise through the Kickstarter program.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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