Thanks to everyone who supported the 2021 Festival. It was great to see so many people coming out and enjoying themselves again. In 2022 we will be back at our normal time of year and the Festival will run from Saturday 21st of May for about a week. Look out for further announcements in the new year.
Incredibly, Festival Saturday felt pretty much like it did in ‘normal’ times. Even more incredibly, the rain was less of a problem than the forecasts had predicted. Okay, there was brief spell of very heavy rain, but even that did nor drive away the audience, some of whom continued to dance through the downpour. Performers drew comparisons with some previous Glastonbury events where adverse conditions failed to dampen the mood. The performers were glad to be performing for a live audience just as the audience were glad to be doing something that felt normal. We thank performers and audience for their determination to make the event a success. We are also grateful to the traders and charities whose stalls contributed to the festive atmosphere.
Fortunately we had a waterproof camera on hand to record events …
The following Press Release has been prepared for the Nailsworth News:
The Festival Committee has decided to reschedule the 2021 Festival to 20th – 27th August. The reason for the change is the continuing uncertainty about what social distancing rules will be in place on the originally planned Festival dates in May. The Committee are much more confident that a full programme can be run in late August. As ever, on Festival Saturday (21st August) there will be free entertainment and market stalls in the town centre. Evening events will include: US born country blues artist Michael Roach, in a rare performance with his daughter, Sadie; stand-up poet, comedian and broadcaster, Elvis McGonagall; a one-woman play starring Liz Grand and new songs and jazz standards with Helen Porter.
If you would like to become involved with the Festival please contact the Committee using the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A full programme of activities will be published in future editions of Nailsworth News and on the Festival website www.nailsworthfestival.org.uk. You can also follow the Festival on Facebook and Twitter. All events will comply with any social distancing rules that are still in place at the time.
The following press release has been issued for the November Nailsworth News:
While the country is still in a very uncertain situation, the Committee iskeen to go ahead with the Festival in May 2021, subject to whatever rules and guidelines are in place at the time. Therefore, the Committee is currently planning for the Festival to commence on Friday 21st May with limited, socially distanced,audiences. So look out for news of the Festival in future editions of Nailsworth News, as the situation hopefully becomes clearer.
Nailsworth Festival held a virtual AGM on Monday 5th October.Festival Chair Mary Saunders reported on a year in which the Committee had to cancel the Festival in March because of the emergency restrictions. This proved to be absolutely the correct decision as the situation became more and more serious and we were all unable to leave our homes.
Saturday 16th May would have marked the start of the 2020 Festival. We had a very full and exciting programme that we were looking forward to presenting. However, not all is lost, as many of the artists have agreed to rebook for 2021. We look forward to seeing everybody at the 2021 Festival, scheduled for 22nd – 29th May. It promises to be bigger and better than ever.
All at Nailsworth Festival would like to offer our sad and sincere condolences to the family and friends of Tim Brooke-Taylor, whose death was announced today, April 12. We had been so looking forward to his appearance at Nailsworth Festival. All our interactions with Tim showed him to be the most lovely, entertaining and helpful of people. He will be desperately missed. Please all stay safe.
We were all disappointed when we had to cancel the 2020 Nailsworth Festival. However, it does mean that we will have longer than usual to plan the 2021 festival and to make sure it provides a fitting community celebration once we have returned to something closer to normality. We are confident that we can do this and have been cheered by the enthusiasm of this year’s planned performers to come and contribute to our festival in 2021. The dates next year are 22nd – 29th May. In the meantime, please stay safe and stay healthy.
We have issued the following press release:
Following recent government guidance the Nailsworth Festival Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 Nailsworth Festival.
The committee met on Monday 16th March and reluctantly made the decision to pull out of the Festival, as a result of latest government guidance for people to avoid unnecessary social contact over the coming months. The committee would like to thank all Festival supporters and sponsors and to reassure people that the Festival will return 22nd-29th May 2021.
We are all very sad about this outcome but we are reassured by the fact that it will play a part in holding back the virus and that we are protecting the long-term survival of the festival.
We can now delighted to confirm that the line-up now includes an evening of entertainment with Tim Brooke-Taylor, a true master of comedy on stage, screen and radio.
And here’s what appeared in the February edition of the Nailsworth News:
16th-24th May 2020
The Committee are currently finalising the line-up for the 2020 Nailsworth Festival and most of the events have been agreed. So here is a taster of what is to come. As ever, the Festival will kickoff on Saturday with free entertainment and market stalls in the town centre. Evening events will run across the week with the welcome return of the Sacconi Quartet, but this time with the addition of soloist Freddy Kempf. We have some interesting ‘in conversation’ events setup: one with Rod Hansen, the Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Police and another with Festival Patron, Sue Limb, discussing her work with BBC Radio. Chloë of the Midnight Storytellers returns to the Festival, celebrating 20 years of telling tales for grown-ups. There will be drama with Jenny Wren Productions presenting “Bletchley Girls”and finally for fans of country blues, Sadie and Michael Roach are performing together at the Festival, following of their album “Tryin’ Times”. If you would like to become involved with the Festival or explore sponsorship options, please contact the Committee using the following email: email@example.com
A full programme of activities will be published in future editions of Nailsworth News and on the Festival website: www.nailsworthfestival.org.uk. You can also follow the Festival on Facebook and Twitter.
Fun was had by all on Festival Saturday. Here are just a few images which we hope capture some of the atmosphere. Many thanks to all the performers who contributed to the entertainment and to the enthusiastic audience.
There are pictures from several recent festivals on our Gallery page.