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ACE funding lights Medway’s creative fuse

Date: 31/03/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

Arts Council England South East has awarded Fuse Medway Festival £80,335 towards the organisation and running of this year’s event. The annual celebration of arts and creativity takes place throughout Medway from Saturday, 31 May to Saturday, 14 June. This award represents Arts Council England’s continued support of the festival and will be supplemented by Medway Council to ensure the delivery of an exciting and challenging programme. During the festival, which is organised and run by Medway Council’s Arts Development Team, Medway’s streets, venues and open spaces will buzz with the sights and sounds of some of the newest and most unusual performers from the area...and further afield. Being different, diverse and daring is at the heart of a programme designed to ignite the passions of the curious, fire the kids’ imaginations and add spark for the already active. Councillor Howard Doe, Community Services Portfolio Holder, is delighted by the award. “Once again we are extremely happy that Arts Council England is able to support this event. What good news for the council and most importantly, the people of Medway. The area’s recent cultural heritage is rich with great artists, writers and live performers and Medway Council is committed to supporting new and developing creative communities locally, as well as bringing in great acts from outside. It all adds up to two weeks of fantastic entertainment for Medway.” The full line-up for this year’s festival will be announced towards the end of April, featuring performers spanning cabaret, theatre, dance, music and literature. This year there will also be great chances for the people of Medway to get involved. “We will be running as many creative workshops as possible,” says Kate Hazel, Fuse Medway Festival Manager. “We want to give people the opportunity to get their hands dirty and learn some of the basics behind the performances that catch their eye.” Rebecca Ball, Head of Combined Arts at Arts Council England South East says “I am really pleased that we are able to support the Fuse Medway Festival again in 2008. The festival is an exciting and ambitious event, which aims to present a broad range of great art from both local and national talent. I am sure it will be a fantastic couple of weeks for everyone involved.” The festival website and brochure will be launched towards the end of the month. In the meantime, those who want to be one of the first to find out about what’s on during this year’s festival can visit www.fusefestival.org.uk and sign up for the festival e-newsletter. Alternatively, people can call box office on 01634 338338 and reserve a brochure. Following the success of last year’s pricing structure, ticket prices are subsidised, with many free events.