A future for Wimborne Folk Festival?
By NewsPipe | Thursday, August 23, 2012, 20:24
The popular Wimborne Folk Festival isn't quite dead yet, but it seems no one wants to pay for it.
This year's Wimborne Folk Festival was well attended
First the organisers annoucned they were calling it quits, citing a lack of funding. They were also frustrated with exploitative 'fringe' events that wanted to share in the increased profits that the attraction generated but not help support the organisation of the event itself.
Today East Dorset District Council has put out a request for volunteers to take over the organisation of the event so that it can continue in the future.
The District Council's Lead Member for Communities, Cllr Barbara Manuel, said: "The previous committee carried out sterling work to put on the Festival every year. We hope that we will be able to find interested people to take the Festival forward. The Council will maintain its 2012 funding for the event into 2013 and will work with interested parties who come forward with a viable bid."
What do you think? Should the council be putting more money into events like the Folk Festival, or is the responsibility of local businesses to support attractions that boost their profits?