Knaresborough sets out this year’s feva fest plans

feva supporters Sonia Starbuck, Coun Anne Jones and Andy Grinter.
feva supporters Sonia Starbuck, Coun Anne Jones and Andy Grinter.
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By Graham Chalmers

It’s been going since 1996, was rebranded feva in 2001 and seems to go from strength to strength each year.

feva organisers are already busy working out the listings for this year’s arts extravaganza which seems to encompass the whole town in a genuinely community way rare these days.

feva chairman Tony Cerexhe said: “Last year we had over 80 events, plus 24 art shows and various special menu offerings; this year we plan to at least match that.”

But, he warned, the deadline is fast approaching for any groups or venues wishing to take part in this year’s feva which runs from August 8-17.

“About two thirds of all events are organised by the feva organising committee and we want to hear from anyone who wants to put on their own event. It’s worth remembering, to get into the printed programme they need be in touch before the end of March.”

There will be street entertainment in the Marketplace most days; plays and musical concerts at Frazer Theatre, the churches, Henshaws, the Working Men’s Club and at other venues.

Pubs and restaurants put on special entertainment and there are performances by dance groups, art shows, workshops, walking tours and plenty of other activity.

The Lions run their annual beer festival on the first two days of feva.

Apart from the bigger names, many of the performers, numbered in the hundreds, come from in and around Knaresborough.

Tony said: “As ever, we are seeking to reach out to new areas. For instance, we are hoping to have an ‘urban beach’ at Henshaws each day during the festival. We’re in the early stages of planning for this and are looking for corporate help to help fund the cost of the special play sand, but it will add something new.”

feva is organised by unpaid volunteers and is a not-for-profit venture.

Tickets will be available via Tourist Information Office and online through the feva website.

Friends of feva have priority on booking tickets.

To become a Friend of feva, download a form from the website or pick up a copy from Knaresborough Library.

For more information, visity www.feva.info