Record numbers attended this year’s Daventry Arts Festival

People enjoying the Summer Samba, part of Daventry Arts Festival
People enjoying the Summer Samba, part of Daventry Arts Festival

This summer’s Daventry Arts festival was attended by a record number of people.

Organised by Daventry & District Housing (DDH) in partnership with a range of local organisations, including Daventry District Council, the festival, which took place between July 4 and 26, attracted over 5,500 visitors; more than double the number that attended last year’s event.

The increasingly popular event ensured that Daventry was filled with 64 arts and craft themed events for people of all ages, while over 125 people tried a new art activity for the first time.

Almost 20% of those attending the event were DDH tenants while 92% of those surveyed ‘really enjoyed’ the events or activities they attended. During the festival, DDH established new partnerships with 29 new organisations and also strengthened existing local relationships.

Sarah Sims, Community Development officer at DDH, said: “We are delighted that the Arts Festival once again brought the community together and showcased the genuine talent that Daventry has to offer. By extending the festival to a third week and including even more diverse events, we were able to reach more people than ever before.

“It would not have been possible to run an event of this size without the support and funding provided by several local partners, including Daventry Town Council, Daventry District Council, Northamptonshire County Council and the Northamptonshire Community Foundation. I would like to thank them all for their contribution to the biggest and most popular Arts Festival that Daventry has ever seen.”

Rachel McGrath, Grants Director of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, added: “We are delighted, as a funder, that the event was a great success providing accessible arts and activities to the local community and enabling a range of community groups and organisations to strengthen their links and collaborative working. Well done to all involved.”

As a direct result of the festival over £6,500 has been raised for local charities, including Time to Talk, Danetre Hospital and Daventry Over Fifties Forum.

The event was also assisted by 119 local volunteers who completed 1,000 volunteering hours to benefit the community.