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Harwich Festival of the Arts secures £13k for administrator post

Eastern Exposure: Piano Transplant #4 that is anchored in the sea in Harwich as part of the 2013 Harwich Festival of the Arts . Director Diana Burrell and artist Annea Lockwood wade with art.

Eastern Exposure: Piano Transplant #4 that is anchored in the sea in Harwich as part of the 2013 Harwich Festival of the Arts . Director Diana Burrell and artist Annea Lockwood wade with art.

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A much-loved arts festival looks set to continue after three councils agreed funding of £13,000 towards a part-time administrator for another year.

The annual Harwich Festival of the Arts brings together music, drama, poetry and art and draws in visitors from across the UK and even further afield.

Now Harwich Town Council has agreed to fund £5,000, and Tendring district and Essex county councils £4,000 each, for the festival administrator post based out of the Harwich Box Office in the town library’s community hub.

This year’s event runs from June 24 to July 3 with the theme of “Hidden Gems” and will celebrate local talent and the unique beauty of the town’s landscape, history and heritage.

Peter Davis, artistic director, said the funding was a major boost for the festival and gives it the breathing space to continue to attract further investment into the town.

“The festival acts as a platform for young people and the wider community to develop their artistic output and interest,” he said.

“Although we have an exciting festival for the ten days we aim to continue our artistic and community development throughout the whole year.

“It is important we can continue with the post of the administrator and are grateful for the significant contributions of all three councils.”

The festival is also supported by a number of organisations including Arts Council England, Tendring Education Trust and local businesses.

Giles Watling, district councillor for regeneration, said: “We are pleased to be able to support the festival which is doing a great deal to promote arts and culture to help improve people’s quality of life in Harwich.”

“We hope the event will continue to go from strength to strength.”

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