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We are taking 2016 off but will return bigger and better in 2017!

The trustees of the Crystal Palace Overground Festival have made the difficult decision not to run a festival in 2016. The festival has outgrown Westow Park and we are planning to move the main event to Crystal Palace park in 2017. This will allow the festival to safely welcome the increase in visitors to the event which has grown massively since a park event was instigated in 2011.

Moving to Crystal Palace Park will involve a new direction for planning, organising and funding a sustainable event going forward. We want to ensure that there is enough time for such a big challenge and that the funding for the 2017 event and future events is secured.

During 2016-2017 the festival trustees will focus on ensuring the organisation is strong and ready for the challenge of expansion, keeping our core value of being for the benefit of the Crystal Palace community at the forefront of our plans. This will involve consolidating the governance and funding for the organisation. We will be recruiting additional trustees to enhance the skills and experience of the current board.

We will also run a number of fundraising events and will have a few surprises for the community to enjoy! We will support local groups that plan to run some of the regular fringe events such as the children sports event.

Volunteering will remain at the heart of everything we do and we will need volunteers for the events we are planning so please contact us if you are able to help. Trustee recruitment is being launched in Spring 2016 so if you feel you have skills and experience to help steer this organisation into the next decade please contact us at info@crystalpalacefestival.org.

Thanks to your amazing donations, the 2015 festival happened. We had incredible support from our local businesses as sponsors, advertisers, stallholders and we were also successful in securing Big Lottery and Heritage Lottery Fund grants.  The festival team never stop fundraising as its a big ole expensive event to put on and we want it to continue into the future so your donation is always welcome!

You can Gift Aid your donation as by the magic of the Local Giving Foundation, we will receive that funding despite not being a charity.

 

Volunteering makes you happy – thank you so much to our volunteers who make it happen!

The festival is almost entirely volunteer run and led and is a wonderful opportunity to get involved with a fun, creative event, meet new people and give something back to your community. Our volunteers tell us that the best thing about being part of the team is that they get to meet their neighbours and feel part of a special event. Thank you to all of our volunteers for 2015 and every other year – you are the heart and soul of this festival!!!

Thank you to local businesses who help fund the festival!

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