We are about to embark on the eighth Ramsgate Festival which will run between 22 – 30 July. We’re feeling perky and excited that the scale of the Festival is much larger than ever before, but with only a very short time to go we still have a lot of fundraising to do to achieve our big goals for the town and for Thanet.
We are dependent on fundraising to be able to deliver the Festival .... a full, top-quality programme of exciting, friendly, free events taking place over 9 days alongside Ramsgate Week, the town’s annual Regatta. Ramsgate Festival is produced by Ramsgate Arts and ArtAha, and we are grateful for the extraordinary support we receive from Arts Council England, Ramsgate Town Council, Thanet District Council, Margate Festival and other generous organisations and individuals, without whom it is not possible. But we need more help and that's where you come in.
Please support this appeal to help us meet the costs for this year. We are committed to taking a long term development approach to the Festival to put the event on a stronger footing for the future. Please will you help us by donating to give the town the large-scale annual celebration it deserves, full of fun and surprises and inspirational events, encouraging all of us to dream, to dream big and to make our dreams come true - because it is by inspiring people to look with fresh eyes at what we have and what we can build together that the town can flourish and fully regenerate, to become the thriving place that everyone who lives here and visits wants it to be.
Without your support we will have to make some difficult cuts during the Festival and we passionately don't want to be in that position as we are already working so hard to make every penny go as far as it can so please give generously if you are able to and remember that every single penny or pound raised will help support our Festival aims of putting Ramsgate firmly on the cultural map and working hard to ensure everyone in the town benefits from all the opportunities that will bring in.
So far we have received offers of support which reduce our funding gap to £10,000. If we do not raise this the pressure during and after the Festival to plug that gap will be immense – when we really need to be focusing on delivering the celebration and then planning ahead for next year. We believe we have enough pledges to raise half through business support, promotional support and selling lots of Festival trinkets, but that's not enough, we need to ensure £5000 by the start of the Festival so, please please support this Kickstarter to get us to this goal...and if you're not convinced yet, please read on.....
#DreamMarine is the Festival theme - it’s all about how we connect up our beautiful royal harbour with Ramsgate town centre, its shops and market place. Running alongside the annual Ramsgate Week sailing regatta gives us a perfect reason to explore every aspect of maritime life, and very importantly have FUN with boats!
Our Festival looks to our maritime past, with a Ramsgate Reflections heritage programme, celebrates the present with installations like Jimmy’s Boatyard and our plans to take yacht racing into the town (just wait!), and dreams of our future with our ambitious plan to turn the stunning seafront into a giant waterslide for the day!
The Ramsgate Slide is inspired by a similar urban slide installation by artist Luke Jerram’s. Through the day on Sunday 30 July, 360 people will have the chance of making a once-in-a-lifetime journey down the waterslide to the harbour, watched by thousands and making a real life installation at the same time. It's big, ambitious and demands big resources.
Luke Jerram recently unveiled Ocean Pavilion in Singapore and created Play Me I'm Yours at St Pancras Station and elsewhere. Teresa Askew, who has many years of experience staging highly engaging pubic art and entertainment, says: “The Royal Parade in Ramsgate is the perfect place for this installation, it is a beautiful spot, it shows what fun the town can be. It will provide a great spectacle and a fun day out and provide us with years of happy memories.”
Have we convinced you yet....will you help us make it happen...? If not, please read on....
Surrounding this is a 9-day programme, starting with Opera On The Beach - Garsington Opera’s production of Handel’s Semele beamed onto a huge screen, all free of charge – alongside everything from Pop Up Opera with a community chorus to a bride workshop where tiaras support veils and we all strut our stuff. The mood changes in the week for Sadie Hennessy’s riotous, rude, funny End Of The Pier Show and then again for Littoral Light. It’s a wonderful emotive extraordinary set of installations by 40 artists, along the tidal zone of the beach. The light sculptures and scenes are there fleetingly, for 90 minutes, as the tide turns and the sea approaches….
Our overall budget is £106,000 to produce all these activities and events at the Festival. We’ve done well with our fundraising so far and are very grateful that Arts Council England have given the Festival its largest grant ever received since starting in 2010. We have received core funding of £15,000 once again from Thanet District Council and Ramsgate Town Council and we have a number of businesses who are interested in supporting the Festival for the first time.
So how can you help? We currently have a gap of £10,000 (updated 21/7/17) and ask if you will help us to raise £5,000 of this, to achieve the ambition for this year and have thousands of people, both local and visitors, enjoy Ramsgate and art at its very best.
We are raising the remainder with an entrepreneurial mix of sponsorship, selling advertising in the printed programme, tickets to shows, badges, posters and anything else we can to raise funds at the event itself. But we still have a long way to go and time is running out to fund all these projects we so urgently want to be seen in Thanet. We would be devastated to have to cancel any of our plans, and totally delighted to have your support to MAKE IT ALL HAPPEN!
Ramsgate Arts Festival Ltd is a charity registered 1150096, a professional arts organisation run voluntariLy to provoke and produce exciting inspiring creative activity in Ramsgate and Thanet.
Risks and challenges
The main risk is that we won't raise the full costs of the Festival's plans and will have to make cuts as we go along and then keep fundraising for 2017 after the Festival is ended. We designed the Festival knowing this risk, but the benefits outweighed risk - the opportunity to inspire Arts Council England to see the Festival in a new way, as ambitious as they wish professional arts organisations to be, hence making a significant grant this year which we will be seeking to grow next year to meet further upscaling of ambition and delivery. This year we have been much more confident in our ability to engage volunteers and have had a much more cohesive group of people who have loyally stayed with the event, month on month, and have achieved so much but desparately need your support to keep this event on track and grow it for the future.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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