The curtain falls on town Big Arts Day

Swindon Advertiser: Revellers at last year’s Big Arts Day Revellers at last year’s Big Arts Day

THE curtain has been brought down on the Big Arts Day as those behind the free festival look at alternative ways to celebrate Swindon’s creative side.

The Swindon Council-organised event was initially intended as a one-off to build on the huge success of Radio 1’s Big Weekend in 2009, but went on to run for a further two years.

However, with the council facing unprecedented budget challenges, coupled with the limited number of staff now left to organise the event, the decision has been made to cancel the event for 2013.

Coun Garry Perkins, Swindon Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and culture, said: “We initially only intended to run the Big Arts Day for one year as a means of engaging local people with Swindon’s arts scene, but we managed to find the funding to keep it going for another two.

“We are now at the point where we simply don’t have the resources to keep the event going.

“But we have had three fabulous years and I think we can say that we have met our objectives and have left a lasting legacy for the arts community in Swindon to build on.

“Now is the right time to pause and look at what we have achieved, but also to look at possible alternative options to celebrate and promote the talent we have in Swindon.

“We look forward to working with our partners to carry on the good work of the Big Arts Day.

“But, if a major sponsorship opportunity arises, we would have to look seriously at whether we could revive it or stage a similar event in another format.”

Festival director Helen Miah said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in the Big Arts Days, from the many partners, sponsors and volunteers, many of whom gave their time and equipment free of charge, to the very talented local performers and the organising team.

"We have laid some great foundations to build on and we will continue to work with Swindon’s arts community to showcase the fantastic talent in the borough."

You can stay in touch with the arts scene in Swindon by joining Swindon Does Arts. The free network aims to increase awareness and participation in arts and culture in Swindon.

Everyone who is passionate about the arts is welcome to join, showcase work and make links with others in the creative sector, both in Swindon but also across the region. For more information visit: www.swindondoesarts.co.uk

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11:27am Sat 1 Dec 12

I 2 Could B says...

This really is a loss for Swindon. Although not perfect, the Big Arts Day was a good and worthwhile event.

I will never understand why they didn't just charge a small entry fee, it would make so much sense on many levels and would ensure the continuation of the event.
This really is a loss for Swindon. Although not perfect, the Big Arts Day was a good and worthwhile event. [p] I will never understand why they didn't just charge a small entry fee, it would make so much sense on many levels and would ensure the continuation of the event. I 2 Could B

2:14pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Empty Car Park says...

There are other great events that are both free of admission charge and free of politics
There are other great events that are both free of admission charge and free of politics Empty Car Park

2:59pm Sat 1 Dec 12

roberto5 says...

Why doesn't Lydiard Park charge for admission full stop?.
Why doesn't Lydiard Park charge for admission full stop?. roberto5

3:04pm Sat 1 Dec 12

I 2 Could B says...

Empty Car Park wrote:
There are other great events that are both free of admission charge and free of politics
I'm sure that the hundreds of people who have participated in the event in previous years, and the tens of thousands who attended, will be delighted to know that you clearly don't care that it's coming to an end.
[quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: There are other great events that are both free of admission charge and free of politics[/p][/quote]I'm sure that the hundreds of people who have participated in the event in previous years, and the tens of thousands who attended, will be delighted to know that you clearly don't care that it's coming to an end. I 2 Could B

5:04pm Sat 1 Dec 12

batch says...

Booo. Simply sell the £500K of cannabis seized in the raids mention in the story below this, budget solved!
Booo. Simply sell the £500K of cannabis seized in the raids mention in the story below this, budget solved! batch

5:10pm Sat 1 Dec 12

house on the hill says...

So you are suggesting the Police become drug dealers now???? Actually it would cut out all the dealers and make a lot of money too, what a good idea!!!!!

Very sad it is not happening as many have thoroughly enjoyed the events.
So you are suggesting the Police become drug dealers now???? Actually it would cut out all the dealers and make a lot of money too, what a good idea!!!!! Very sad it is not happening as many have thoroughly enjoyed the events. house on the hill

6:58pm Sat 1 Dec 12

stu2010 says...

I 2 Could B wrote:
This really is a loss for Swindon. Although not perfect, the Big Arts Day was a good and worthwhile event.

I will never understand why they didn't just charge a small entry fee, it would make so much sense on many levels and would ensure the continuation of the event.
totally agree 100%
[quote][p][bold]I 2 Could B[/bold] wrote: This really is a loss for Swindon. Although not perfect, the Big Arts Day was a good and worthwhile event. [p] I will never understand why they didn't just charge a small entry fee, it would make so much sense on many levels and would ensure the continuation of the event.[/p][/quote]totally agree 100% stu2010

10:17pm Sat 1 Dec 12

thenewme says...

“But, if a major sponsorship opportunity arises, we would have to look seriously at whether we could revive it or stage a similar event in another format.”

Oh look SBC starting something and then pulling the plug and expecting someone else to foot the bill if you want to keep it!
Shocking!
“But, if a major sponsorship opportunity arises, we would have to look seriously at whether we could revive it or stage a similar event in another format.” Oh look SBC starting something and then pulling the plug and expecting someone else to foot the bill if you want to keep it! Shocking! thenewme

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