Pendle Schools' Festival gets the green light after fundraising push

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Despite losing its council funding five years ago, a local festival involving a host of schools from across Pendle has secured the go-ahead for this year's edition after a successful fundraising push.


The Pendle Schools' Festival, which showcases the talent of children from 26 local schools, required £9,000 to go ahead with this year's edition and after appealing for help with funding, has secured the requisite funds to press ahead with the annual celebration of children's art which has been held since 1960.

Pendle Schools' Fest logo design winner Selina.

Pendle Schools' Fest logo design winner Selina.

As well as receiving donations from the local community, the festival has also had a rebrand thanks to local children from West Street Community Primary School, who designed a new logo featuring pictures of what the festival means to them, with local designer, Alexander Di Vito, choosing three winners and turning the drawings into a professional logo.

"I am very pleased to say that we have managed to secure the festival for this year, though we still require ongoing funding for it," said Tristesse 'Tess' James, a teaching assistant at West Street Primary.

"We have had help from local people to make this year's festival even better in the hope that we can secure funding for subsequent years and sell out tickets to give our children the audience they deserve."

Presenting the logo competition winners - Selina, Eshan, and Usman - with their certificates and stationary prizes was Wendy Harvey of the festival committee, who was "thrilled" to be at West Street Primary to see the children.

Pendle Schools' Fest logo design winner Eshan.

Pendle Schools' Fest logo design winner Eshan.

As part of the big reveal, the new logo for the festival was unveiled on a banner to be show on stage when the festival takes place from the 11th to the 15th of June at the Colne Muni, with the children amazed to see their artwork up on display.

To make a donation, head to the festival's JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/pendleschoolsfestival, and with Tess always looking for volunteers and sponsors for the festival, contact her via email at outcryarts@gmail.com if you are interested in getting involved.

Pendle Schools' Fest logo design winner Usman.

Pendle Schools' Fest logo design winner Usman.