Frequently Asked Questions

When is the festival?
Opening on August 3rd, the festival will run for two weeks – with the main focus for the event happening in the Romsey area on August 3rd.

Can other areas participate?
Absolutely. The surrounding areas to Romsey – Mill Rd, Abbey, Coleridge, Petersfield – are all encouraged to get involved and visitors from all over the city are invited to celebrate at the festival itself. In future years connections between these surrounding areas will most certainly be explored, too.

Who is running the festival?
An official committee and body of volunteers supported by the Cambridge Art Salon are making the festival happen, funded by Cambridge City Council. Partner support from art spaces in the Mill Rd area is also offered, to showcase the creative vibrancy of the area.

How will it be publicised?
All participants are asked to publicise their own events, but a number of posters and printed programmes will be distributed all over the city. Lifestyle glossy Cambridge Edition are the festival’s nominated media partner.

How can I participate?

We are looking for dynamic volunteers who are excited about community and the arts.
Are you an avid publicist who has a passion for promoting worthy causes?
Are you an ardent fundraiser who has an ability to collect heaps of sponsorship?
Are you a website design and systems enthusiast who pays attention to detail?
Do you love location scouting and have a good sense for opportunities not to be missed?
Do you get pleasure from engaging with people from all walks of life?

If you answered ‘yes’ and you are not afraid to use your initiative then we are eager to hear from you.

This is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience in socially engaged / community arts development. Prior experience of working on an arts project would be desirable but willingness and enthusiasm is paramount. Experience in PR, events management, sponsorship and marketing will be offered through critical engagement and creative involvement in the festival.

To express interest please email ellie@cambridgeartsalon.org.uk or catherine@cambridgeartsalon.org.uk

Event Co-ordinators // Producers // Artists /Musicians
There is an open invite to all artists, musicians and the public who have a connection to the area to take part in the festival by hosting their own event, talk or project which can be added to the festival publicity and line up.
Artists and community groups in the area are also invited to take part in an Artists’ Fair in Hope Street Yard, taking a stall for £35 per table. There are just 10 stalls available, sheltered under a marquee in the Yard.

Workshop Leaders / Residencies
Fees from £50 for a two hour workshop to £200 for a short term residency are available for workshop and artist residency ideas in and around Romsey that seek to work with the public to create art works across all mediums, specific to the theme of community and that celebrate a sense of place and connection between people. Work with the public to create a poem, mixed media collage or song. Visit a particular community group or place as an artist resident and create a piece especially for the festival.

Community Groups
Participating groups currently include Romsey Mill, the Cambridge Art Salon, Mill Rd History, Romsey Action, Argyle Street Co-Op, the Parkinsons Art Group.

Venues and Partner Art Spaces
Cambridge Art Salon, Aid and Abet, Frontroom Gallery, Williams Art, Makers Gallery, Hope Street Yard, Romsey Labour Club, Romsey Mill