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Plans coming together for Haddenham 'Feast Festival'

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Published by Charlotte Fisher at 5:42am 16th April 2019.

After we told you about the 9-day 'mega festival' coming to Haddenham, plans are already coming together.

Last week Mix96 spoke to the organisers of the 'Feast Festival' and more people from the village have now come forward wanting to get involved.

What is the ‘Feast Festival’?

The Feast is different from any other festivals normally held in Haddenham. 

It is not a one-day event for one activity. 

Instead, it brings together a wide range of arts, social and cultural groups to organise different events during the week of 14th-23rd September that showcase the range of activities and interests in the village.

The ambition is to stage several different events on each day, at different times, and in different locations across the village. 

Why have the Festival?

The Feast Festival is a community-led response to Haddenham’s rapid expansion, with new people moving in and longer-term residents adapting to the change and challenges that creates. 

It is intended to bring new and old Haddenham together, by building on the traditions of the past to create a revitalised sense of community identity and participation for the future. 

The annual feast was based around religious ceremonies

An opportunity for everyone in the village to watch, join in, or help organise a wide range of fun creative and leisure activities.

From medieval times, Haddenham’s annual feast was based around religious ceremonies on the Sunday, followed by a day of exuberance involving all members of the community on the Monday. 

The Haddenham fair is the last remaining remnant of these ancient secular activities.

Linking with the church services and Fair, they want to recapture the energy of those times, but with a contemporary spin. 

As important as community cohesion, there is also a need to focus on the lack of funding in public cultural and arts facilities in the village. 

These form part of Haddenham’s Neighbourhood Plan but have not yet been implemented. 

Having a week focused on the variety of activities and interests in the village, and showing the popular demand for participation, will help build the evidence we need to secure sustainable funding for the facilities we so desperately need.

So, how can you help?

Earlier this month a planning workshop took place with 20+ arts groups and individuals, which generated a lot of creative ideas, offers of support, and feedback on how best to organise the event.  

The Feast organisers are providing a management and co-ordination framework, to help support all those putting on events. 

They have been awarded a small National Lottery grant, and will be seeking additional sponsorship, so that where possible we can financially support events. 

If you have an idea for an event you would like to organise, or need advice and assistance on finding others in the village who might want to join you in organising an event, please contact via email here.

New members of the Haddenham community are especially encouraged to share their personal passion, or to organise an event or activity that interests them, they will provide support and advice.

They also need volunteers to help out organising the festival, especially with social media.

If you would like to help out, you can get in contact here.

 

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