By Tristan Harris Tuesday 20 August 2013 Updated: 22/08 00:13
MORE THAN 60 people from a variety of different organisations went along to an open meeting at Avoncroft Museum to discuss the future of the Bromsgrove Festival.
Prominent local groups were represented on the night, including Artrix, All and Sundry, The Orchestra of St John, MadCap Productions, Words and Avoncroft Museum.
The forum was organised in a bid to get some new ideas for the next festival which has been scheduled from June 14 to July 20, 2014.
The Bromsgrove Festival was established in 1960 and had an international reputation for hosting the finest cultural events and attracting large audiences but, in recent years, crowd numbers have dwindled.
It is hoped as many groups and individuals from Bromsgrove will be involved in the new-look event, which will be a celebration of the wider arts and culture across the district.
It had been thought the current Bromsgrove Festival was centred too much on classical music and future festivals should ensure there was something on offer for everyone.
A spokesperson for the interested parties said the meeting was overwhelmingly positive.
"There were a number of suggestions about how to engage young people and those who didn't realise the town even had a festival, along with offering events to interest the existing festival audiences."
He added many felt the best way forward would be to have a broader range of artforms - such as theatre, music, dance, film, visual arts and spoken word - and incorporate existing town events, including the Bromsgrove Carnival and The Court Leet's Elizabethan Fair Day.
"Many at the meeting agreed Bromsgrove Festival needed to give equal value to differing kinds of creativity from rock and folk to classical music, professional, amateur and children's theatre, ballet and street dance and events in traditional venues or less conventional settings.
"It was felt this would enable more people to feel welcome at performances and events."
It was also mooted that including beer and food festivals and non-arts events in the programme was vital to attracting a broad audience to the area.
"There was a strong feeling that by involving groups from the wider Bromsgrove district and beyond, the festival could attract visitors and tourism from further afield, thus boosting the local economy and raising Bromsgrove Festival’s profile," said the spokesperson.
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