Houghton Festival has launched a fundraising campaign to help ensure the sold out 2021 event goes ahead in August. The ‘Let Me Out Let Me In’ collection designed by event curator Craig Richards is available this week to try to cover outstanding costs ahead of the four days of music due to start on Thursday, August 12th.
Houghton Festival issued a statement explaining the situation:
“The Arts Council recently confirmed that we would not be eligible for any support from The Cultural Recovery Fund. Over the last year we have submitted two applications, an appeal and a complaint. We passionately campaigned for the cultural recognition of our festival but The Arts Council on behalf of the Government has deemed us unworthy of financial support. Houghton has already made a significant contribution to British culture and will continue to do so in the coming years. We are incredibly committed to the festival and have enormous belief in its potential. Ultimately this rejection has only increased our determination to make Houghton happen.
“The mist of confusion and uncertainty appears to be lifting leaving almost no doubt that festivals will be allowed to take place this year. Slowly we creep towards a place of happiness and dance. Music is a good which travels lightly and for all of us whose lives revolve around it this has been a time of emptiness. The absence of loud music, strangers on dance floors, flashing lights and communal transcendent experience has given us all a greater appreciation of how important these experiences are to our lives.
“However, before there is any chance of this happening at Houghton we need to generate a considerable amount of money in a very short space of time. In order to do this we proudly present LET ME OUT LET ME IN. This represents a thoughtfully selected collection of charming products to wear, look at or use around the house, designed by our very own artist Craig Richards. All items are reasonably priced and beautifully manufactured. The imagery contained within the campaign represents the absolute end of the relentless catastrophe. A symbol of renewed optimism as we continue to move towards the dance floor.
“We urge you to take this campaign seriously, without this we cannot continue into the next stage. We need to raise money quickly so there is a small window of opportunity. In order to achieve this we have a time scale of ONE WEEK.”
The ‘Let Me Out Let Me In’ shop can be found at houghtonfestival.databeats.com/store.