Actor James Nesbitt will judge the 2019 Festival of Chichester shop window competition

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.

Fantastic line-up unveiled for 2019 Festival of Chichester

The 2019 Festival of Chichester promises a four-week celebration of all that’s great and good about Chichester in a programme unveiled yesterday.

Festival chairman Phil Hewitt said: “This will be our seventh festival, and we are thrilled at the programme that we have got lined up for you, a clean sweep of all the brilliant talents that are based in and around Chichester – a line-up so fine that once again it has attracted some very big national and international names to come and join us this summer. Theatre, the spoken word, music in all its forms, cinema, walks, day trips, dance, books and all kinds of shows are all part of the merry mix in yet another very big year for the festival.

Read more at
https://www.chichester.co.uk/whats-on/theatre-and-comedy/fantastic-line-up-unveiled-for-2019-festival-of-chichester-1-8875338


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Free seminar – “how to effectively market your event at the Festival”

We would like to invite all organisers of 2019 Festival events to a free seminar on Thursday 17 January 2019.

We are getting a head start on marketing for the 2019 Festival and we would like to involve you in our plans and to help you with your own.

The seminar will be held at the New Park Centre, Chichester on Thursday 17 January at 18.30 (doors open 18.00), which will last around one hour.

Come and hear what we have in mind and pick up some tips on planning a campaign and using websites and social media to market your events.

The seminar is free to attend but booking is essential as places are limited.

To book your place go to the Eventbrite booking page at http://bit.ly/2Q6YvTO.

We look forward to seeing you.

Vicki, Jake and Simon – The FoC Marketing Team

If you have any queries or comments, please email our marketing team at infochifest@gmail.com.