Noreen Meehan, who chairs the festival, says: The festival continues to go from strength to strength and provides a much needed boost to the diverse independent businesses, the fantastic creative people, musicians and artists of the area.
We are very excited about the future of the festival and want to invite our local community, from interested individuals, venue owners/managers, local traders, creative artistes to community group representatives, to come along and decide the aims, objectives and priorities for the festival going forward.
We also need new blood on our committee and hope that volunteers will come forward to take up roles for the 2013 festival and the coming years.”
Festival highlights have included performing arts, crafts, sports and kids’ activities, gourmet food and drink stalls and a wide range of great bands on the main music stage in Westow Park. Around the Crystal Palace Triangle, local bars have hosted stalls, gigs and DJs, and there has been shopping and music events in local markets - Church Road and Haynes Lane - with an art market in Victory Place.
The festival has delivered a great day out for the local community each year, absolutely free of charge, staffed entirely by volunteers who live in the area. The festival has been funded by sponsorship and advertising from local businesses and stalls in the Westow Park hub.
Last year, the festival attracted approximately 4,500 people to Crystal Palace but the festival committee anticipate that this could grow with a influx of new skills and volunteers, organising a festival which truly meets the need of the local community and traders.
The meeting is being held on Wednesday 12th December at the Salvation Army community hall, Westow Street, SE19 from 7.30pm to 9:30pm.