The world-famous International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival has signed a new three year contract to secure its future in Harrogate through to and including 2021.
Founder and artistic director of the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival Ian Smith said: “This is good news for our global G&S family of supporters.
“Now we need your continued support in promoting future festival to friends, relations and groups you may be connected with – and also helping us to maximise a number of charity initiatives that we will be launching in the coming weeks.
Coun Richard Cooper, leader of Harrogate Borough Council, said: “The festival not only brings national and international visitors to Harrogate each year but also high-quality entertainments as well as business to our hotels, guest houses, restaurants and shops.
“We’ve seen it grow year-by-year and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship for years to come.”
The three-year deal was also welcomed by Harrogate Convention Centre director, Paula Lorimer, who said the economic impact of the event during August was very important for the town
She said: “What fabulous news for our local businesses. During August the festival will be filling our hotels and restaurants with visitors from around the world.
"It’s very much the direction I want to see us going at the Convention Centre - finding that balance between our conference and corporate events while putting on a schedule of great entertainment.”