Plans to revive Harborough’s Arts Fresco festival – with the emphasis on enhancing the event’s original ethos – are gaining momentum.
The Mail last week reported how businesses and Harborough Theatre members are keen to revive the annual street arts event which was last held in 2011.
Ian Joule, who has been the catalyst to get a new group together to restore the event, says response to the plan from people has been overwhelmingly positive.
He said: “After hearing people’s feedback, I couldn’t be more hopeful.”
A public meeting for any businesses or supporters who would like to get on board and support the event is being held at Harborough Theatre this Saturday.
It starts at 11.30am in the theatre’s auditorium.
In its pomp, Arts Fresco saw scores of street artists perform throughout the town centre and up to 10,000 visitors were drawn into Harborough for the day.
But the event’s success waned when it was moved away from the town centre into Welland Park.
Mr Joule, who runs Joules Yard & Eating House off the top end of High Street in town, says the event needs to go back to basics and recapture its original flavour, similar to when it was formed in 2002 by the late George Kitson.
Mr Joule says his son Tom, the founder of the hugely successful Joules Clothing firm, is set to attend Saturday’s meeting as is Catarina Loriggio, a key committee member in Arts Fresco’s earlier years and its former artistic director.
Joules Cothing was the headline sponsor of the event in the mid-2000s.