Arts Fresco nets a £15,000 grant

Delighted organisers behind the revived Arts Fresco event are celebrating after securing a £15,000 grant towards this year’s event.

The new committee running the event, which takes place on Sunday, September 14, found out last week that its application for funding from the Arts Council had been accepted.

The grant will be used specifically to contribute to the costs of the artists that will be attending the festival, which is the main bulk of the event’s expenditure.

Nina Thomas, from the committee, said: “The letter from the Arts Council is one of the best bits of news we’ve received this year and one that gives a huge boost to both our funding campaign and to our confidence as organisers.”

She added: “Our aim is to ensure we generate sufficient funds to provide professional high-quality entertainment on the day that people will enjoy and want to come back to in the following years.

“So far we have secured over 80 per cent of the planned funding.”

Support has also come from businesses, shops and pubs in town including Joules Clothing, Market Harborough Building Society, Gildings, Waitrose, Joules Eating House the Red Cow pub.

The Late Night Shopping committee, the Market Harborough & The Bowdens Charity and Harborough Rotary Club have also pledged funds.

Arts Fresco started in 2001, and was last held in the town centre in 2010 before moving to Welland Park in 2011, and supporting the Olympic Torch Relay in 2012.

A new committee to revive the event was set up last year to bring it back to the town centre’s streets.

This year’s event will include four stages featuring original static performances and stunts while a large walking act will roam the streets.

There will also be a children’s village in the Memorial Gardens with professional face-painters, story tellers, a drop-in circus school and craft sessions.