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Last year, in 2016, Ramsgate Arts were struggling to raise the costs of our annual cultural festival and we were very low on volunteers (who are responsible for the whole event taking place). We thought it would close. 

We were touched and really overwhelmed to receive the support, through Kickstarter, of many people, which enabled us to produce a whole new festival directed by Teresa Askew. Thanks entirely to that help, Teresa staying on board, and our amazing volunteer team, we are now able to be more bold and ambitious for our town this year. 

We are about to embark on the eighth festival for Ramsgate and Thanet 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 five weeks to go we still have a massive amount of fundraising to do. 

This is a year of change, a year of building a bigger future for Ramsgate, the festival, and East Kent, which in parts still suffers from extreme poverty and deprivation. Our area is fourth in the ONS ranking for Coastal Communities Deprivation (2014) and the various social and economic problems that result from living in poverty are clearly visible. Every person here deserves to be able to enjoy, free of charge, inspirational events and spectacles that bring beauty, culture and joy into our lives. That’s what we aim to do with this Festival, give just a little of that to our local community. 

In order to fulfill all these dreams for an amazing Festival for Ramsgate, we still need to raise £25,000 and ask you to help us achieve £5,000 towards this goal.  Without this, sadly, we'll have to scale down or worse still cut some events, which will most likely be the more ambitious exhilarating ones we have planned.

Parading Samba bands made the seafront joyous, 2016
Parading Samba bands made the seafront joyous, 2016

#DreamMarine is the Festival theme for 2017. It’s all about how we connect up our beautiful royal harbour with Ramsgate town, separated by just 100 yards. Running the Ramsgate Festival alongside the annual Ramsgate Week sailing regatta, now over 80 years old, gives us a perfect reason to explore every aspect of maritime life, celebrate the heritage of this town and its place of safe refuge in the harbour – 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 Boat Yard 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. 

Find out about Cardboardia and the Handmade Parade 

The Ramsgate Slide is inspired by artist Luke Jerram’s Urban Slide. Over the day, 360 people will have the chance of making a once-in-a-lifetime journey down the slope to the harbour, watched by thousands and making a real life installation at the same time. 

Our vision for the Ramsgate Slide
Our vision for the Ramsgate Slide

Luke Jerram recently unveiled Ocean Pavilion in Singapore and created the St Pancras Station pianos. 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.” 

The audience warming up for Opera On The Beach in 2016
The audience warming up for Opera On The Beach in 2016

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…. 

This year's Festival website 

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 have a gap still of £25,000 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 totally delighted to have your support.  

Thank you. 

Ramsgate Arts Festival Ltd is a charity registered 1150096, a professional arts organisation run voluntarity 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 need to cut events from the programme. The core activity of this year's Festival is very large-scale (Jimmy's Boat Yard) and can only function in its full design, so we risk losing a lot of the smaller peripheral events if we fail to raise the full budget. 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. The other big risk is that we don't raise the cost of the Ramsgate Slide, which is crucial also to our upscaling of ambition and delivery. This year we feel 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.

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