When: Sunday 27 January 2013, 6pm – 8pm
Where: Westow House, Westow Hill, SE19
The Crystal Palace Overground Festival is now entering its seventh year and the current committee is inviting others among the local community to join in organising this very popular event in June 2013 and going forward.
The four day free family friendly festival, which has gone from strength to strength with around 4,500 people attending last year’s event, aims to create a platform for the many creative and diverse people, musicians, traders and artists of Crystal Palace, and will showcase all that is great about Crystal Palace to visitors from across London – and beyond!
A consultation evening held before Christmas brought together a wide range of local people who reviewed previous festivals, listed all the stakeholders* for the festival and identified the aims, objectives and priorities for the event going forwards.
The ‘ideas’ section of the consultation was set aside from the main event with the point made that many ideas will not make it to become a reality without someone to take it forward.
“Hopefully those who attended and others who can help organise the event can come forward to take roles and help make these ideas happen!” said a festival spokesperson.
“Please come to the meeting on Sunday 27 January if you can volunteer to join the organising team and make the festival in 2013 simply brilliant!
“There were lots of positive comments about previous festival with many specific points raised that need to be picked up by this year’s team when it is in place:
- Increase diversity. e.g.: more for teenagers, more diversity of music, seating for older people
- Improve specific aspects: from communication with community groups to marketing to more toilets!
- Review the date and the timings
- Call to strengthen the festival outside the park and re-address the balance between park and triangle.
“The consultation also asked people to write down what they felt should be the aims and objectives for the festival in 2013. “There was a fair amount of overlap with the comments written down when we asked everyone for their priorities for the event. In this section, key points that found common ground were:
- bringing the whole community together
- having fun
- the promotion of Crystal Palace, its people and all it has to offer.”
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The report from the whole meeting can be read on the festival website: www.crystalpalacefestival.org
*Stakeholders of the Crystal Palace Overground Festival range from the community as a whole, to all the local community groups, businesses and organisations with a link to Crystal Palace, including transport organisations; plus local government, schools and other statutory bodies and funding bodies.