Shifnal Festival

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Shifnal Festival
DatesPenultimate week of September or early October
Location(s)Shifnal, Shropshire
Years active(1890s–1904/5), 2010–2012
Websitehttp://www.shifnalfestival.com

The Shifnal Festival was an annual Music, Arts and Culture Festival held in the market town of Shifnal, Shropshire.[1]

History[edit]

Little is known about the origins of the festival. A book published in 1904 by Harold Sadler suggests the festival was a local event held in the grounds of Aston Hall to the east of the town. Aston Hall was at the time owned by Colonel Howard-McClean. Sadler's book marks the festival as being The Hadley Orpheus Choir's first competitive success.[2]

Revival[edit]

Research carried out as part of the Shifnal Town Plan[3] in 2008 suggested residents of the town were interested in staging a festival of arts, culture and entertainment. A committee was formed of volunteers and a date was announced for the first modern Shifnal festival in September 2010. The committee secured funding from the town council and applied for a series of grants from a number of sources.[4]
The Shifnal Festival should not be confused with V Festival, a music festival at the nearby Weston Park (although the Weston Park address is classed as "Nr Shifnal").

Format[edit]

The festival aimed itself at all age group and claimed to provide something for everyone. Typically incorporated into the programme were:

  • Live Music.
  • An art exhibition which featured pieces my local artists. A theme was often given for the pieces to conform to.
  • A photographic exhibition, which was often themed and formed part of a competition.
  • A form of drama or performing arts show.
  • Dance workshops or classes.
  • Craft workshops and fairs.
  • A spirituality element such as choral singing or religion based art.
  • Spoken word and poetry events.
  • A Film event.
  • A family fun day.
  • Fringe events organised by local businesses and groups.

Awards[edit]

In 2010 the Festival was Commended by the Action for Market Town Awards. The award is displayed on the Festival's website[5]

Festivals[edit]

2010 Festival[edit]

17–26 September 2010.

2011 Festival[edit]

13–25 September 2011.[6]

2012 Festival[edit]

4–7 October 2012.[7]
The 2012 festival took on a victoriana theme and included a vintage fair.
At the close of the festival, the organising committee disbanded due to lack of funding to continue with the annual running of the festival.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "相続財産の課税評価額". shifnalfestival.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 September 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.shifnaltownplan.org[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 September 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "相続財産の課税評価額". shifnalfestival.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ https://twitter.com/shifnal_fest/status/169817742248120320[permanent dead link]/photo/1