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Sponsorship and PR

In December last year, I approached the PR company Purple, with whom I have worked with several times before, to see if they might be interested in taking on a fundraising launch for the tour. While I'm also applying for an Awards for All grant, it still falls short of the sum I need to be able to take time off work, petrol, car hire, subsistence, accommodation in case that I can't pitch my tent, the printing of leaflets and any expenses incurred by my trusty team of volunteer drivers. To my delight they agreed and have been staunch supporters ever since. Tickets went on sale last week with invites being sent out to friends and likely supporters.

The task of finding possible sponsors for food and drink, approaching bands to play, performers to perform, and rallying friends to help set up on the day, has occupied us day and night. It's been an incredible team effort and I've been pulling in favours from anyone I think can help. I'm hugely indebted to everyone at Cecil Sharp House for their help and am pleased to say the launch will take place in the Kennedy Hall at the end of April 2009.

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The tour will kick off in Hastings at the Jack in the Green festival on the 4th of May. Here is a list of the other festivals both confirmed and unconfirmed. The dates mentioned are when the caravan should be there, not when the festivals are, as some over-lap.

4th May
Hastings Jack in the Green, East Sussex

15th to 17th May
Shepley Folk Festival, West Yorkshire

22nd to 24th May
Tate Modern, London

5th to 6th June
Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth, Dorset

24th to 25th June
Leigh Folk Festival, Essex

26th to 28th June
Crawley Folk Festival, West Sussex

15th to 16th July
Hebridean Celtic Festival, Stornoway

18th to 19th July
Festival at the Edge, Shropshire

31st July to 3rd August
Cambridge Folk Festival

4th to 7th August
Sidmouth Folk Week

9th to 12th August
Broadstairs Folk Festival

21st to 23rd August
Green Man Festival, Glanusk, Wales

27th to 31st August
Towersey Festival, Oxfordshire





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