Sidmouth Town Council
Sidmouth Town Council’s long term commitment to supporting the Festival has again been affirmed, demonstrating a clear vision of the importance of this internationally renowned event to the health of the town as a resort and to its businesses. In particular, Town Council support has enabled us to enrich the Children’s Festival, successfully rebuild our Social Dance programme and to programme stronger line-ups at our main venues. All areas of the Festival benefit from this support, as does the Festival’s professional structure.
Devon County Council
We are grateful to our Devon County Council Member Stuart Hughes’s Locality fund for its support of the Festival, which is so important to Devon as a whole. This funding enables us to strengthen our main concert programme, create clear Festival information at key points and add to the unique Festival atmosphere around the whole town.
East Devon District Council
East Devon District Council gives significant assistance in support services and the use of venues and facilities, thus enabling the complex task of running FolkWeek to be undertaken effectively and smoothly. Many EDDC departments give important advice and support and we are grateful to the Council leaders, Executive and their support staff for this.
Sidmouth Town Council Middle Bar Singers’ Reunion Weekend
During the year, a number of events take place which raise funds for the Festival, in particular, the Middle Bar Singers Reunion Weekend in February, not forgetting to mention their collections during the Festival. Many thanks to the singers and their supporters and to all other individuals and organisations that make donations to Sidmouth FolkWeek.
The English Folk Dance and Song Society support FolkWeek with a series of Folk Rising Plus concerts featuring young performers, many of whom the Society have actively supported in their careers. Thanks to Katy Spicer for the Society’s continuing support.
We are grateful to Creative Scotland for their support of our Sounds of Modern Scotland programme strand , showcasing emerging young Scottish artists.
Our media sponsors are back with Cellar Full of Folkadelia bringing new dimensions to the concert programme. Thanks to Ian Anderson for continuing media support and programming ideas.
The specialist music shop continues to support afternoon concerts at The Ham. Thank you to Pete McClelland and his team.
Halsway Manor the National Centre for the Folk Arts, showcase their Halsway Young Folk participants in concerts and sessions.
New Roots is an annual event for singers and musicians under 25. Thanks to Alison MacFarlane.