Feedback from Crystal Palace festival open meeting and get involved!

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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


There were

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.


Please read

the full list on the website for some other great points.


There was

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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