The Festival benefits our town in many ways, but most importantly:

• Bringing people directly to Ashford Town Centre in order to improve awareness of the town its rich local history and all that is has to offer
• Allowing local businesses the opportunity to have stalls and to spread their business to consumer message
• Working with schools and colleges to give volunteering and work experience to students, and opportunities to participate and create for local public events
• Occupying empty shops to bring a sense of vibrancy to Ashford Town centre
• Informing people about local heritage
• Opening up the High Street to crafters, businesses and artists to showcase their work
• Spreading culture through gallery spaces, light shows, music, performance and dance
• Promoting inclusivity and community spirit in Ashford

Sponsorship, however, is not always about money. Here are some of the ways you can help if financial contributions are not possible:

Volunteer time to organise events, workshop assistants and Festival Ambassadors

Arts and crafts materials for our children’s workshops
Fabrics for our fashion competition with schools and Ashford College
Printed materials such as flyers and posters
Festival Ambassadors and much more

You can also help us a great deal by promoting our festival through your social media contacts, colleagues, friends and family

We’ve got a load of people to thank, so let’s start:

Aaron and Helen from 6-2 Design who started the ball rolling on the site, and also generously sponsored the festival for two years running.

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JobPoint Central who work with us to offer a full range of services to help people build their furture and find the right career through training, apprenticeships and work placement experiences.

The John Wallis Pub in Ashford is providing lunch on both days for our volunteers, as well as discounted food for our stallholders and performers and the evening venue for our live music.

The John Wallis Pub

Ashford College staff and students for working hard to produce carnival masks and designs for the parade.

Warnborough College have made a generous donation towards our commissioned art and will be working in partnership with us at the festival and future events, namely the WCCA (Warnborough College Conference on the Arts) which is to take place in September for its fourth year.

Our KCC Members, Councillors Derek Smyth, Jim Wedgbury and Mike Angell who provided much needed funds to help with volunteers’ costs and marketing.

Phoenix Primary School and Herne Bay Juniors Samba Band for making it noisy and colourful on Friday 20th.

More to come as the festival date approaches.