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Tenterden Folk Festival 2021

Funded on Spacehive 31 August 2021 Delivered 3 October 2021

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Tenterden Folk Festival 2021

Tenterden Folk Festival 2021

Tenterden Folk Festival By Tenterden Folk Festival

Help us fund an inclusive four day festival of folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions to bring our communities together again.

Tenterden Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 31 Aug 2021!

Tenterden Folk Festival 2021 will run from Thursday 30th September to Sunday 3rd October in various venues in Tenterden. As part of the festival we are offering free community events to ensure that everyone gets a chance to start mixing with the community again, not matter their financial situation. Folk appeals to all ages - the heart of folk culture about communities telling stories and coming together. Free events include: craft & street stalls, free music stage, dance stage, Morris dancers, dance displays, procession, song and music sessions & street theatre. It's not just about the entertainment - this festival gives people a chance to sample new hobbies that they continue after the festival with like-minded people. We also build a great community of volunteers in order to host the event. After a disconnected year we are keen get everyone involved in putting this festival together! See our website for more details and full guest list

What we'll deliver:

  • Four days of folk arts
  • Free street entertainment including Morris dancers, folk dancers, etc.
  • Internationally recognised folk musicans and singers
  • Participatory events including folk song and music sessions
  • A chance to meet the guests in an informal enviroment
  • Procession of dancers

Why it's a great idea:

Tenterden Folk Festival is the only annual music festival in Tenterden and one of the longest established in the Borough of Ashford. The 2021 edition is particularly special as we are celebrating the resilience of our community over the past year and using the event as a catalyst to create new connections between those who are big folk fans, new to folk and everything in between. Intergenerational connection will be key as we build our communities back stronger and the folk movement reaches all ages! The festival adds to the local arts culture offering and adds to the quality of life of the town. The festival is open to all from whatever background and most venues are easily accessible. A mix of paid for and free events means everyone can access the festival no matter their situation.

Steps to get it done:

  • Booking guests and dance sides
  • Booking venues
  • Getting all permissions and licences
  • Booking all crafts and other stalls
  • Booking all logistics
  • Publicity and marketing

Tenterden Folk Festival is registered charity in England No 1038663

Location Tenterden

About the space

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Ashford Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £37,101

Artisic and production costs including guest fees, accommodation, licening, insurance, etc. - £22,757 (61%)
Marketing and audience development - £12,490 (34%)
Free or subsidies use of venues - £1,190 (3%)
Free memberships - £180 (0%)
Other - £484 (1%)

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.

Artisic and production costs including guest fees, accommodation, licening, insurance, etc.
Marketing and audience development
Free or subsidies use of venues
Free memberships
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


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:

  • Extra festival guests
  • Extra events
  • Conserve reserves to carry forward to future annual festivals

Total £37,101

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Crowd barriers or cones for one way systems
  • Covid safety equipment such as handwashing stations and screens
  • Volunteer stewards, workforce and box office staff
  • We would like to open a festival office in or just off Tenterden High Street for the duration of the festiva but we need a kind property owner to lend us a shopfront or office free of charge or at a nominal cost.

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