The Crystal Palace Overground Festival wants your views

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ORGANISERS OF the Crystal Palace Overground Festival are asking the community for their views on next years event at a meeting next week. The current committee which run the festival -   now entering its seventh year are inviting the local community to get involved in helping set the direction of the festival, join in organising this very popular event in June 2013 and going forward.

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.

  1 comment for “The Crystal Palace Overground Festival wants your views

  1. April 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Hi there I realise your comment was left some time ago but it has just been pointed to me as chair of the festival. The event has developed over the last few years to include events in Westow Park and is run entirely by local volunteers and funded by local businesses. The festival has grown quite organically and the team try very hard to incorporate as much of the local area into it and also work with businesses to get them involved. Unfortunately we are doing this in our spare time so we dont have the funding, time and resources to deliver as much as we would like to. Your ideas are great and thank you very much for them. This year we are working hard to engage with local businesses to ensure that the Triangle gets as much festival activity as possible and we have a dedicated Triangle day on Sunday 30 June where we are asking local landowners to let us use the open spaces for events and create a real buzz there. We are also asking traders to get involved and help make the event more engaging. We would love to put more events into Crystal Palace park but even with all the wonderful volunteers we have there simply is not enough resource to do that as yet. Perhaps in the future that is our dream. I hope you come to the festival and enjoy it this year and perhaps if you would like to help it get even better volunteer your time to help that come true yours sincerely Noreen Meehan, Chair, Crystal Palace Overground Festival

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