Andover BID Andover Events

Jubilee street festival gets funding boost from arts council

A syndicate comprised of Test Valley Arts Foundation, Chapel Arts Studios and Andover BID has been awarded £9,408 from the Arts Council.

Let’s Create Jubilee Fund by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) – ensuring that creativity plays an important role in local community celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will ensure that thousands of people from communities all across England will have the opportunity to take part in exciting creative events – all in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee. From puppetry and story creation, through to making crowns, carnival and art trails, there will be a huge range of exciting activities for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in.

The grant will be used to put on a Street Festival in Andover Town Centre on Friday 3rd June, between 11am-5pm. A rich medley of food, music, dance and art will create an activity trail for all the town’s residents to enjoy. Visitors will be able to sample different cultural dishes at food stalls along the high street, enjoy a line up of music & dance and take part in free creative workshops at venues throughout the town centre. Made possible thanks to National Lottery players and administered by UK Community Foundations on behalf of the Arts Council, the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will support a huge range of projects throughout England. 44 community foundations have been awarding grants across the country.

Shelley Coburn, Events Manager at Andover BID said “This is to be a vibrant and inclusive event in Andover Town centre. We’re inviting local businesses and community groups to take part so that it truly represents the people of Andover today. Right now we are looking for stallholders for the Food Trail. Please contact us if you’d like to have a stall and share the food you love to cook and eat with the whole community!”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive at Arts Council England said “The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund is a wonderful example of our ambition to give everyone the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts, culture and creativity – made possible thanks to National Lottery players. This June, we’ll see communities across England coming together to celebrate a historic milestone for this country. I!m excited to see these projects brought to life in villages, towns and cities across the country as our wonderfully creative communities celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”

Jacqui Scott, CEO at HIWCF said, “We would like to thank the National Lottery and Arts Council England for this exciting opportunity to support our local charitable sector during the historic Platinum Jubilee celebrations. This is a fabulous opportunity for us to celebrate our shared cultural history, and we are looking forward to seeing an extraordinary range of activities that reflect the diverse nature of our communities.”