A public meeting held to gauge people’s interest in reviving the Arts Fresco festival in Harborough attracted strong support for the idea.
The event held at Harborough Theatre on Saturday saw a mix of business people, theatre-goers and local authority representatives.
It was agreed that a committee should be formed to drive the idea forward with a view to staging the street arts event in September 2014.
Several people put their names forward to be part of the committee and they are due to meet next month to finalise roles.
Martin Hill, from town solicitors Bray & Bray, helped to steer the meeting and expressed an interest in potentially becoming the committee chairman.
Mr Hill is a very experienced member of town event committees having spent many years’ service on the Late Night Shopping committee and is a former chairman of Harborough Improvement Team.
He told the Mail this week: “What was encouraging was not just to see people attend but people who were willing to talk and who are prepared to act.”
Attendees were shown footage from the Harborough Movie Makers Group of Arts Fresco during its hey day in the mid-2000s, with the screening prompting some strong emotions.
Ian Joule, one of the founder members of the original Arts Fresco committee and who acted as the catalyst for Saturday’s meeting, said he was brought to tears by some of the footage.
He added: “It could not have gone any better. People were crying and cheering when seeing the footage.”
Among the people there were Catarina Loriggio, a former artistic director of the event, and Harborough District Council deputy leader Paul Bremner.
The emphasis for a revival of the festival will be for it to get back to the original ethos of the event, where it was based in the town centre and saw a host of street art performers mingle amongst the visitors.
In its pomp, Arts Fresco attracted up to 10,000 visitors but the event’s success waned when it was moved away from the town centre into Welland Park.
It was last held in 20011.