W. London Canalboat Festival Trail

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W. London Canalboat Festival Trail

Your Canal Boat Community Interest Company By Your Canal Boat Community Interest Company

We’re blazing a trail of weekend-long community-based canalboat festivals, from Westminster to Ealing, demonstrating the utility of London's canal for community building & pandemic-era performance.

Hammersmith and Fulham Delivery stage

£4,031
pledged of £32,142

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

Covid-19 has shuttered indoor venues city-wide, depriving Londoners entertainment, and entertainers employment. We want to unleash the potential of London's canals as an alternative, safe, outdoor performance space, and show other boaters how they can do the same. We do that by hosting 7 weekend mini-festivals from Paddington to Hays on the Grand Union Canal w/ music, theatre, workshops and talks on our flagship vessel, "Molly Anna," and its full length stage. We will continue to monitor government safety guidance and will communicate any cancellation or rescheduling of the project due to lockdown restrictions clearly through this page. Temporary Events Licenses can not yet be obtained until closer to the date of the event. Spacehive will ensure that no funds are transferred to the project until it is confirmed that the event can go ahead.

What we'll deliver:

  • 7 weekends of music, theatre, workshops, and litter-picks at canal-side locations from Paddington to Bulls Bridge
  • 7 seminars for boaters wherein they learn how to legally comply with use of their boat in support of canalside events
  • 7 presentations from the Canal and River Trust to help local communities “adopt” their canal for future events
  • 7 seed events that evolve into annual community celebrations
  • 1 summer-long demonstration of canal utility that is copied by others city-wide

Why it's a great idea:

1. We will increase visitation to and appreciation for London's canals. 2. We will provide employment for sidelined actors and singers 3. We will provide business skills and additional income for canal boat owners long-term 4. We will foster a new sense of community between boat-dwellers and those residing by the waterways 5. We will provide entertainment for an entertainment-starved public 6. We will demonstrate new use for the canal for the benefit of local communities 7. We will foster improved communication between Borough Events and Licensing teams, and the canal boat public 8. We will enlighten the canal boat community about how to interact with Borough officials. 9. We will provide the Canal and River Trust with new and ongoing outreach opportunities to maintain local waterways and surrounding spaces 10. We will increase Your Canal Boat's capacity for activating other canal-side locations throughout London in partnership with fellow boaters

Steps to get it done:

  • Secure Temporary Events Notices for 7 weekend mini-festivals
  • Secure commitments to perform from local artists
  • Hire two staff hired full-time to organise, promote and manage all events
  • Engage with local communities and schools including logo competition
  • Spread the word through community groups, social media and advertising
  • Select our key sites by popular demand
  • Invite local businesses to showcase their products
  • Loan, borrow and purchase equipment such as seating and gazebos

Your Canal Boat CIC, with support from Bards on Boats ltd, has two years’ experience transforming canal-side spaces into pop-up performance venues. Working with Canal & River Trust & municipal officials, each event includes seminars to prompt residents, local businesses, artists and boaters to take ownership of their local canal and manage future festivals there. Help plan the final route by watching our video and identifying your preferred 7 of 13 candidate sites and suggestions for artists and content in comments below.

Location Hammersmith and Fulham

About the space

Grand Union Canal from Camden to Southall

Council

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

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How will the money be spent?Total £32,141

1 FTE staff over 7 months to plan events, book artists and engage with community groups - £9,107 (28%)
Boat rental for 14 days - £7,000 (22%)
Music acts over 14 days - £2,100 (7%)
Performers: Circus, puppeteers, actors 14 days - £2,100 (7%)
Workshop facilitator leading children's activities - £1,750 (5%)
Event Marshall/Cleaning staff to maintain Covid-safe practices - £1,500 (5%)
Business Skills for Boaters trainer - £1,400 (4%)
Event promotion - £1,000 (3%)
Materials to create additional stage boats for event and future use - £850 (3%)
Portaloo for 7 weekends - £700 (2%)
Other - £4,634 (14%)

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.

28%
1 FTE staff over 7 months to plan events, book artists and engage with community groups
£9,107
22%
Boat rental for 14 days
£7,000
7%
Music acts over 14 days
£2,100
7%
Performers: Circus, puppeteers, actors 14 days
£2,100
5%
Workshop facilitator leading children's activities
£1,750
5%
Event Marshall/Cleaning staff to maintain Covid-safe practices
£1,500
4%
Business Skills for Boaters trainer
£1,400
3%
Event promotion
£1,000
3%
Materials to create additional stage boats for event and future use
£850
2%
Portaloo for 7 weekends
£700
14%
Other Read More
£4,634
  • Spacehive fees
    £1,469
  • Transaction Fees
    £1,002
  • 3 Large Gazebos
    £600
  • Wellbeing Lead: Yoga instructor, Zumba
    £420
  • 30 Audience chairs
    £400
  • VAT
    £294
  • Nautical Skills Equipment: Lifejackets and Ropes
    £250
  • Fuel
    £200

Overfunding

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:

  • Additional festival days and sites along our festival route reaching more communities
  • Additional creative and nautical skills workshops for children and their families
  • Additional business practices boater workshops

Total £32,141

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