Bungay Festival 2013 – programme of events
BUNGAY MEANS BUSINESS
A Waveney Market town is taking the push to revive the High Street one stage further in an innovative event in July 2013.
Whilst one in every eight shops in Britain is now boarded-up, and like towns everywhere, traders are faced with high rents, business rates and sluggish consumer demand, Bungay does not have any unoccupied shops. However, working on the basis that the businesses and associations of the town are the heart beat of a healthy community, the organisers of the Bungay Festival which runs from July 6th to July 21st will incorporate an event aimed at showcasing some of Bungay’s less visible but important businesses and not for profit organisations
On July 18th on the Bungay Castle Bailey the giant marquee used for the Festival Ball will be left in place to stage an event called “Bungay Means Business” and the organisers want to fill the marquee with businesses and not for profit organisations which people living in the area and visitors may not be aware of-perhaps because they don’t operate from a high street shop, or because they are “out of the way”. They will be offering participants a shop front opportunity for the event which will last from 10AM until 4PM.
“The event is being promoted as part of the Festival Programme and it will provide a great opportunity for businesses to either sell, give out literature relating to their company or make new contacts” said Sally Gagen, Festival Secretary, “it will also be an opportunity for business who offer services to other businesses to make local contacts”
In order to encourage as many businesses to participate as possible, pitches have been priced at £10 (£5 for Not For Profit Organisations). The initial take-up has been good with around 30 organisations already signed-up
Keith Parker, this year’s Festival Chairman said “The town has had some incredible national press coverage over the last few months, including a very complementary article in the Saturday Guardian, & was also named by The Times as one of the 30 best towns in the UK to live-We want to continue this enthusiasm that visitors have for the town and let those people who have realised already that it is a great place to live, know that they have not found everything that it offers yet!”
The Bungay Festival will this year feature around 30 events, including a Festival Ball in aid of Help For Heroes, Antiques Street Market, Ale Trails, Bungay Means Business, A Songs From The Musicals Concert, and a concert from the multi award winning Clare Teal & her Band. In addition the Fisher Theatre will be offering performances via a live video link from Glyndebourne, The National Theatre & Maastricht.