Barn­aby Fes­ti­val team re­veals event fig­ures

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

BARN­ABY Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers are cel­e­brat­ing yet an­other record break­ing year boost­ing the econ­omy by a mas­sive £400,000.

The team be­hind the popular event have tot­ted up the num­bers from the fifth fes­ti­val to de­ter­mine its im­pact on the town.

Last year the not-for­profit event at­tracted 13,000 peo­ple to see 48 mu­sic, drama, com­edy and vis­ual arts events at 32 venues which they reckon gen­er­ated £400,000 for the lo­cal econ­omy.

Vis­i­tor num­bers also in­creased by 30 per­cent from the pre­vi­ous year.

More than 1,000 peo­ple took part in Car­ni­val Pa­rade and art on dis­play across 36 ex­hi­bi­tions fea­tured the work of 120 artists.

The im­pres­sive fig­ures are down to the hard work of Barn­aby’s team, with more than 200 vol­un­teers do­nat­ing their time to the or­gan­i­sa­tion and run­ning of all the events.

Lynne Jones, chair­man, said 97pc of ques­tion­naire re­spon­dents rated the fes­ti­val ‘ex­cel­lent’ or ‘good’. She said: “Our ef­forts in putting on the fes­ti­val have been re­warded by the pos­i­tive re­sponse from res­i­dents, part­ners and vis­i­tors.”

The fes­ti­val is tak­ing a break this year to be­come bi­en­nial.

The 2016 event is from June 17 to 16. It’s grown each year since its launch in 2010 to re-in­vent the town’s an­cient tra­di­tion of mark­ing St Barn­abas day.

Lynne said: “Barn­aby has ex­ceeded all our ex­pec­ta­tions. To con­tinue to de­liver an orig­i­nal fes­ti­val of the same scale we’ve taken the de­ci­sion to be­come bi­en­nial. We’ll be back on the streets of Macclesfield in 2016.”

The first open meet­ing of the year is at ArtSpace, Sut­ton Mill, Heapy Street, on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 24 at 8pm. Con­tact mail@ barn­abyfes­ti­ to get in­volved.

Pic by Philip Eagland

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