We’re so happy to announce that we’ve been awarded a £70,000 grant from Arts Council England to help celebrate Wordpool Festival‘s 10th anniversary! Our annual festival is about to get a whole lot bigger over the next two years!
With the new funding we’re planning to expand our festival to create three new mini-festivals during the year, in addition to our ever popular existing festival in July. This will include, in October this year, the launch of a Festival of Poetry and Performance, which will coincide with National Poetry Day on 6 October.
In February 2017, we’ll also be launching a new Festival of Written Words to the Wordpool programme, which will focus on ways to introduce new writing. We’re looking forward to inviting a range of well-known and emerging authors to our growing Wordpool Festival.
Our programme will also be taking a Young Adult twist with our Young Adult Fiction Festival launching later this year. The event will host special talks by authors talks aimed at late teens, young adult and crossover audiences as well as a range of other activities.
During this year’s main July Festival, a specially themed Family Day will run on Saturday July 2nd and will feature up to 20 different events, activities and attractions all crammed in to three hours of fun from! Four weeks of initiatives in local schools will mean children will have access to a range of activities, with artists and writers will be showcased as part of the Festival.
Councillor Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “This is tremendous news for both the Wordpool project and for Blackpool, providing the opportunity to develop this exciting initiative into an even bigger festival. It is particularly appropriate that it should receive this boost on its 10th anniversary and we are confident that the Festival will now potentially grow into a truly landmark event for the local area and beyond.”
Wordpool works with a wide range of partners to make the Festival a success including The Grand Theatre, Grundy Art Gallery, Family Learning, LeftCoast, Friends of Stanley Park, local schools and colleges and the Blackpool Museum Project.