Preparations in full swing for the Forest Row Festival

Forest Row Festival is back for 2019, and it is looking for sponsors, generous contributors and fabulous party goers to help make it all possible.

Just like all the best festivals, Forest Row Festival took a fallow year in 2018 but is back for 2019, over the weekend of the 20th to 22nd September. A team of creative and industrious volunteers has been working away for the last six months to build this year’s programme of events throughout the village. They already have a vast array of events lined up, great bands, spoken word, poetry slams, plays, cross generational events, food and drink stalls, market stalls, and there is even talk of a soap box derby, plus much more. And the village bike ride is making a welcome return.

Since 2016 the Festival itself has been free to attend – and it will be again in 2019 – to ensure that it is as inclusive as possible for the whole community. One of the big challenges for the organisers is that running such an amazing community event comes with a hefty price tag and this year it is higher than ever.

In recent weeks the Festival team have been busy raising awareness, and much needed funds. June saw a fantastic fundraising event at the Hop Yard and in early July local artist Julian Johnson gathered a group of like-minded Forest Row folk to decorate the façade of the former Coop on Hartfield Road in suitable Festival style.

The Festival has also been searching for local businesses to sponsor the event. There are many sponsorship options including banners over the entrance ways, adverts in the Festival Programme, promotion on social media and much more. This is an amazing opportunity for any company to promote itself to the people of Forest Row, and help to create something wonderful.

The Festival is also immensely grateful to the generous people and business of Forest Row who make a donation to its success. Without that generosity the event just wouldn’t be possible. Anyone who wants to make a direct contribution they can do so through, under the name “FrowFest2019”.

Of course the best way to put the ‘fun’ in fundraising, and the most appropriate for the Festival, is through live music events. Following on from June’s successful gig, on the 6th September the Festival team will be running another fundraiser at the Hop Yard featuring the likes of Andy Twyman, Folkadelix, Paul Prem Nadama and Simon Wells. It’s sure to be a great night. Keep an eye on social media to find out more details as the line-up is finalised.

If you would like to contact the Festival team about sponsorship opportunities, or if you want to run an event over the weekend, or for anything else, please send us an email and we will get right back to you.