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Broadstairs Folk Week 2023 and beyond

Funded on Spacehive 14 December 2022 Delivered 18 August 2023

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Broadstairs Folk Week 2023 and beyond

Broadstairs Folk Week By Broadstairs Folk Week

Broadstairs Folk Week will take place from Friday 11 to Friday 18 August 2023, in concert venues, dance halls, theatre, pubs, gardens, bandstand, promenade, school, church halls and around the town.

Broadstairs Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 14 Dec 2022!

Broadstairs Folk Week is a town-based festival with a huge range of events throughout the week. Festival goers can choose to go to ticketed events or enjoy the free events that are open to all generations. Every day offers an array of events to join in, watch or listen to - from early morning tai chi to late evening dances. The festival presents local, national and international musicians, bringing the town alive every second week of August since 1965. Folk Week brings together a community of volunteers, performers, participants and audiences to create an event that benefits the town, attracts visitors from all over the UK and abroad who stay in Broadstairs. The atmosphere in the town is completely transformed and there is no mistaking that a festival is taking place. There are about 50 separate events each day - poetry breakfasts, dance workshops, singalongs, craft demonstrations, talks, children's theatre, young people's music-making. Every festival goer creates their own experience

What we'll deliver:

  • 70 workshops in music, song and dance
  • 15 concerts
  • 7 days of free entertainment at the bandstand, Craft & Music fair, music sessions and dance displays
  • Safe venues with First aid cover, insured, transport and powered
  • Souvenir Programme with all events and information
  • Hiring venues in Broadstairs
  • Local accommodation rented for artistes

Why it's a great idea:

Folk Week believes that live music and participation in events have a beneficial effect on community cohesion, mental health and encourages pride in local identity as well as supporting the growth of the local economy and contributing to a thriving local scene. The festival brings music, song and dance from around the world to the town and opens up Broadstairs to a range of cultural influences in an intense and joyful experience. Volunteering for Folk Week is beneficial by combating isolation and loneliness, as well as a sense of achievement in being involved in such an inclusive community event. Folk Week also inputs £2.3 million into the local economy which enables many businesses to survive in the quieter off season. Local estate agents cite Folk Week as the busiest week of the year for enquiries.

Steps to get it done:

  • Book venues
  • Book artistes' accommodation
  • Book Craft Tent hire
  • Book Generator and fuel
  • Book Radios
  • Arrange insurance
  • Book minibuses
  • Design Souvenir Programme
  • Print Souvenir Programme
  • Give volunteers their workforce t shirts

Folk Week achieves a lot on small resources. The team at Folk Week works hard to diversify income streams and raises most income through its own fund-raising which includes tickets and merchandise sales, special events such as quiz nights; the Friends of Folk Week membership scheme and street collection donations during the festival. The team at Folk Week work year-round on tasks such as recruiting volunteers, fund-raising, administering the Friends of Folk Week, liaising with local stakeholders, booking musicians and artistes for ticketed and free events.

Location Broadstairs

About the space

Broadstairs is a small town with seven sandy beaches and no major venues.Custom Location


Thanet District Council

How will the money be spent?Total £32,433

Design of Souvenir Programme - £4,960 (15%)
Tent Hire - £4,193 (13%)
First Aid - £3,247 (10%)
Festival Insurance - £3,040 (9%)
Generator Hire - £3,015 (9%)
Print of Souvenir Programme - £1,855 (6%)
Accommodation for Artistes - £1,600 (5%)
Venue Hire - - £1,500 (5%)
Workforce t-shirts - £1,155 (4%)
Accommodation for Artistes - £1,146 (4%)
Other - £6,722 (21%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Design of Souvenir Programme
Tent Hire
First Aid
Festival Insurance
Generator Hire
Print of Souvenir Programme
Accommodation for Artistes
Venue Hire -
Workforce t-shirts
Accommodation for Artistes
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Accommodation for Artistes
  • Venue Hire -
  • Venue hire -
  • Minibus hire
  • Radio Hire
  • VAT
  • Transaction fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation
  • Purchase PA and monitor
  • Purchase e-ticket digital card reader

Total £32,433

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