Crawley Festival to ‘offer something for everyone’

jpco 2-7-14 Mainstage Crawley Festival in Memorial Gardens (Pic by Jon Rigby)

jpco 2-7-14 Mainstage Crawley Festival in Memorial Gardens (Pic by Jon Rigby)

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Crawley Festival will ‘offer something for everyone’, said its chairman.

Several hundred townspeople will perform in the week-long celebration of all things Crawley in the town centre and The Hawth Theatre from June 20 to June 27.

Chairman of Crawley Festival Bob Burgess said: “The atmosphere is great - as long as the sun shines.

“People come along and listen and watch and move on to do some shopping.”

He said the annual festival’s highlights will be its opening day in Queens Square on June 20, High Street Live on June 21 and the Memorial Garden main stage events on June 27.

The Mayor of Crawley, Chris Cheshire, will open the festival. Crawley bands will play music, sing and dance throughout the day at Queens Square bandstand.

Bands will play on two stages in the High Street the next day. The acts will play alternating between the main stage, which will be next to the crow’s sculpture, and the acoustic stage, near the other end of the street.

Mr Burgess said organisers left it to the acts to decide what music to play. He added it normally involved music from the 60s to today’s chart hits.

The festival will close in Memorial Gardens with acts will play on a main stage, Cultural Kitchen - demonstrations and samples of cooking from cultures from around the world and numerous workshops and stalls.

Mr Burgess said: “The result of the main stage and the High Street Live events - people’s enjoyment - in a sense is our rewards for the efforts that we put in.

“Although we are culturally very diverse that diversity still comes together to form a cohesion and a togetherness to help promote Crawley as the town that it is.”

He added the 30th annual festival will offer ‘something for every one’.

The Hawth will host the Senior Citizens Concert on June 22, the Schools’ Concert on June 23 and a production of AHOY, which features sea-themed songs from across the ages, on June 24.

Mr Burgess said: “The Senior Citizens Concert - that’s performed by the secondary school children. The senior citizens always looked forward to it.”

This year’s festival’s charity is the Springboard Project. It holds respite activities to help disabled children and their families at its centre in Langley Green.

Mr Burgess said he expected it would raise £1,000 and benefit from increased awareness over the week.

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