Feedback from Crystal Palace festival open meeting and get involved!
By noreenmeehan | Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 12:31
Next meeting – for volunteers who would like to get involved in organising the festivalWhen: Sunday 27 January 2013, 6pm – 8pm
Where: Westow House, Westow Hill, SE19
The Crystal Palace Overground
Festival is now entering its 7th
year and the current committee would like to invite the local community to join
in organising this very popular event in June 2013 and going forward.
consultation evening before Christmas brought together a wide range of local
people who reviewed previous festivals, listed all the stakeholders for the
festival and identified the aims, objectives and priorities for the event going
A summary of
each point and common threads can be found below and the report from the whole
meeting can be read at our website www.crystalpalacefestival.org
lots of positive comments about previous festival with many specific points
raised that need to be picked up by this year's team when it is in place:
Ø Increase diversity, e.g. more for
teenagers, more diversity of music, seating for older people
Ø Improve specific aspects: from
communication with community groups to marketing to more toilets!
Ø Review the date and the timings
Ø Call to strengthen the festival
outside the park and re-address the balance between park and triangle.
stakeholders of the Crystal Palace Festival range from the community as a
whole, to all the local community groups, businesses and organisations with a
link to Crystal Palace, including transport organisations; plus local
government, schools and other statutory bodies and funding bodies. The full
list should serve to help the new organising committee make contact with and
serve the community better.
consultation asked people to write down what they felt should be the aims and
objectives for the festival in 2013. There was a fair amount of overlap with
the comments written down when we asked everyone for their priorities for the
event. However, in this section, key
points that found common ground were:
the whole community together
promotion of Crystal
Palace, its people and
all it has to offer.
the full list on the website for some other great points.
much crossover with the section on Aims and Objectives, but in this section,
the words 'showcasing', 'promoting' and 'supporting' Crystal Palace and what it has to offer, both the
place and the people, were often mentioned as was the importance of bringing
the community together and appealing to the widest possible range of
people. Beyond the clear common ground,
there was a range of brilliant points made for the new organising committee to
try to live up to!
The Ideas section
of the consultation was set aside from the main event with the point made that
many ideas will not make it to become a reality without someone to take it
forward. Hopefully those who attended and others who can help organise the
event can come forward to take roles and help make these ideas happen! Please come to the meeting on Sunday 27 January if you can volunteer
to join the organising team and make the festival in 2013 simply brilliant!
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