It’s fantastic news that James Nesbitt will take time off from his busy CFT schedule starring in This is my Family to judge this year’s Festival of Chichester Shop Window Competition on Friday 14 June.
Accompanied by Festival committee members Anne Scicluna, Susie Lunt and Barry Smith, as well as Chichester BID manager Jeanette Hockley, James will have the task of selecting the best shop window display inspired by the theme of the Festival.
There have been many ideas floated about the future of Chichester and about keeping up its great tradition of independent shops. The big question seems to be about renewal – how to keep a great city alive, accessible to all and full of places and things that people want to see and do.
Linking directly with these questions is the city’s very own Festival of Chichester. For a month every summer, the city and surrounding area resounds with music, drama, talks, exhibitions, tours, films, dance and much more. Backed by the City Council, the Chichester Observer, Henry Adams and other local businesses, the Festival presents over two hundred separate events, bringing thousands of people into the city, spending thousands of pounds in the city’s shops and restaurants.
The key to the way the Festival has taken off is the link between the community and national and indeed international artists and performers. One of the mantras of the Festival is that it is grounded in the community but aspires to the stars.
We’re delighted that local businesses and arts people can work together via the shop window competition to show off the best of Chichester. James Nesbitt and the festival judges will see creativity in action as they go round the competing shops on the day before the Festival launches. It will be a hard choice, but I’m sure it will be the right one!
Any businesses wishing to enter can pick up an entry form from Jeanette at Chichester BID, telephone 01243 773263 or download one here. Forms are to be returned to ChichesterBID.