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Festa Italia & LIFF

Funded on Spacehive 20 November 2023 Delivered 25 May 2024

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Festa Italia & LIFF

Totally Local Lancaster By Totally Local Lancaster

Festa Italia/Lancaster International film Festival is a celebration of the history and heritage of Lancaster, bringing the best of Italian food, drink, entertainment and engineering to the city.

Lancaster Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 20 Nov 2023!

Festa Italia is an entirely free event in Lancaster. This event showcases all the best of Italian cusine, engineering and entertainment. Attracting just under 70,00 visitors to the city in 2023. This year we expanded to join forces with Cinema Italiano and Complitaly to bring Lancaster International Film Festival to the city as part of Festa Italia. At Festa Italia we provide entertainment throughout the day, from Opera and traditional Italian dance to our Bambino Zone with activities aimed at our younger visitors. This is paired with super cars/bikes from Ferrari, Ducati, MKV Augusta, Lambretta and Vespa for those with an interest in something speedier! We limit the number of stalls at the event so that both the stall holders and businesses in the city can benefit and capitalize on the crowds. We collaborate closely with Lancaster city council to help the local economy and have brought elements to the city that people may not usually have access to or could not usually afford.

What we'll deliver:

  • A varied range of high calibre entertainment including Bambino Zone
  • Sound equipment and staging for the event
  • Authentic Italian Food and drink stalls
  • High brand names such as Ferrari, Ducati, MV Augusta
  • Liaising with local businesses
  • Collaboration with local schools and dance schools
  • International coverage and publicity for the biggest Italian festival in the North West
  • Increased numbers in footfall and spending to the city
  • Access to arts and culture
  • All inclusive free event

Why it's a great idea:

Lancaster Festa Italia is the biggest Italian event in the Northwest. It is an entirely free to attend event, accessible for all, with activities and entertainment for everyone from the very young to the young at heart. We market it across social media platforms as well as through Visit Lancashire and in the Lancashire and North West magazine with a distribution of approximately 39,000 copies per month. The event is spread across the city to incorporate all areas and give as many businesses as stall holders the chance at a successful days trading. With entertainment from different types of arts, that people may not usually have access to, giving a diverse program rich in Italian culture. 2023 included Lancaster International Film Festival, with coverage both in the UK and Italy of up and coming film makers who are now representing the city at Venice Film Festival. We are looking to expand 2024 to a 3 day event for an even bigger better Festa Italia and LIFF for Lancaster.

Steps to get it done:

  • Dates booked with council for 2024
  • Book stalls to attend the event
  • Book all entertainment for the event
  • Apply to council for various licenses required
  • Book staging and sound equipment
  • Present all documentation to local council
  • Liaise with local businesses for the event
  • Schedule publicity for the event
  • Get volunteers to help at the event

As Festa Italia brought in just under 70,000 visitors this year it has a very definite impact on footfall and the economy with some businesses saying it was there busiest Sunday of the year! We restrict the amount of stalls at the event for this very reason as we want everyone to benefit from the crowds on the day. We are supporting the arts and culture with a varied schedule of entertainment on the day from opera to dance and historical re-enactments from Gladiators as well as all the activities in our Bambino Zone. As we are expanding to a 3 day event for 2024 we will be looking for a group of volunteers to help it all run smoothly as the Totally Local Lancaster team consists of 3 people putting all of this together on top of our own jobs/businesses. We want to bring as many people to the city and get them to stay which is why we want to expand to a whole weekend next year in the hope it brings people in for a longer time spending more in the city during the event.

Location Lancaster

About the space

Lancaster City Centre, MArket Street and Market Square, New Street, Church Street and Cheapside


Lancaster City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £19,515

Bunting for the city +installation - £3,414 (17%)
Awards meal for LIFF - £1,500 (8%)
Hire of The Storey for LIFF awards - £1,400 (7%)
Staging/ sound balance - £1,140 (6%)
Recless Invention Waiters - £1,074 (6%)
Cinema Italiano - £1,050 (5%)
Marquee for stage - £1,049 (5%)
Funcast Masquerade Characters - £960 (5%)
Oyster opera - £875 (4%)
Security - £856 (4%)
Other - £6,197 (32%)

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.

Bunting for the city +installation
Awards meal for LIFF
Hire of The Storey for LIFF awards
Staging/ sound balance
Recless Invention Waiters
Cinema Italiano
Marquee for stage
Funcast Masquerade Characters
Oyster opera
Other Read More
  • Programs for the event
  • Spacehive fees
  • Tshirts for city centre businesses
  • Staging/sound deposit
  • Dance hub costume and Music
  • Flags for decoration & to handout on the day
  • Turnaround Dance Theatre
  • Stall fee's for the event
  • Trophies for LIFF awards
  • Banners for city centre
  • Voce
  • Stevie Kay Singer invoice
  • VAT
  • c and c Entertainment
  • 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
  • Extra entertainment for the event

Total £19,515

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