Keeping Monmouth Festival a free, donation supported event

We'd like to say a huge thank you to the businesses that have sponsored the Festival or advertised in the Festival Brochure / will advertise on screen.

Their support is one of the reasons that we are able to keep Monmouth Festival a free, donation supported event.

As a thank you we have given them all a Festival poster to display in their windows / reception areas.  Please keep a look out and if you can give them your support in return.

THANK YOU

Monmouth Festival Workshops

We're very excited about the additional events offered this year throughout the Fringe especially the daytime workshops.

The workshops are open to all ages but space is limited so please get there early.

There really is something for everyone.

Monday GET CREATIVE with Rachel Shilston

Tuesday BEATBOX with Dean Yhnell from Beat Technique

Thursday SAMBA with David Powell from Upbeat Music and Art Services

 

GLASS FREE FESTIVAL

Just a reminder that this year's Festival is GLASS FREE. 
 

It will work in exactly the same way as last year in that absolutely no glass will be allowed on to the Festival site.

You may bring your own personal supply of alcohol with you but please decant anything in a glass container into plastic bottles before coming to the Festival.

Anyone bringing glass bottles or containers will be asked to decant the liquid into plastic bottles before entering the Festival site.

The response from everyone who attended the Festival last year was extremely positive and we hope for the same understanding and cooperation again this year

 

New Design For Festival T-shirt

This year we thought we would approach our local senior schools to design the Festival T-shirt. The response was brilliant and the standard was really impressive. So much so that we ended up with two winners!  One for the T-shirt and one for a poster.

Which two would you pick?  

Find out who the winners are in The Monmouthshire Beacon tomorrow.

 

 

 

Do you know “The Spirit of Monmouth”?

Who will be the 2016 Spirit of Monmouth?

Who will be the 2016 Spirit of Monmouth?

The Carnival is looking for someone special, aged between 7 and 107, to represent “The Spirit of Monmouth” in the Carnival Procession on Sunday, 24th July.

If you would like to nominate someone please write a sentence beginning with “I think …… (name of person)……. symbolises the Spirit of Monmouth because…....”

Submit your nomination via The Carnival website  https://monmouthcarnival.uk/contact/  or drop it in by hand to Les Modget at Car Care in Monnow Street.

Preparations for 2016 Festival in Full Swing

Festival-goers are guarenteed a good time at Monmouth's long-running free music event and return year after year to enjoy themselves.

Festival-goers are guarenteed a good time at Monmouth's long-running free music event and return year after year to enjoy themselves.

Attracting visitors from all over the world, Monmouth Festival it is proud to be considered one of the longest running, largest and best free, volunteer-organised festivals in Europe.

“The fact that Monmouth Festival has continued as a volunteer-run, free festival for so many years is a huge achievement,” notes Festival Secretary Cerys Watts.

Taking place over nine nights at the end of July each year, the free music event - now in it’s 34th year - continues to grow in it’s diversity and with the ever-increasing line-up of events, which now include the Carnival, Busking Festival and a growing Fringe schedule, comes the requirement for more planning and preparation by the committee of hard-working and passionate volunteers that put it all together.

The iconic Monnow Bridge is just a stones throw away from where the main stage will be set up for the 2016 Monmouth Festival.

The iconic Monnow Bridge is just a stones throw away from where the main stage will be set up for the 2016 Monmouth Festival.

On the surface, for the town of Monmouth, the majority of activity surrounding the Festival seems to take place the week before the music kicks off. Local residents will see a stage pop-up almost overnight while traders gradually filter into the town setting-up shop to keep the crowds refreshed during the week’s musical performances. The reality is in fact very different!

Ollie Jefferies takes an active role in scouting talent for the Festival's Fringe events.

Ollie Jefferies takes an active role in scouting talent for the Festival's Fringe events.

Throughout the year the team of volunteers liaise with the main providers and supporters ranging from town and county councils through stage, light and sound to security, health and safety, and medial cover. Applications are made for the numerous necessary permissions required to put on the nine-day event, from road closures to licences, grant funding to car park requisition, medical support to venue registration, in order to make sure that everything runs smoothly and everyone enjoys themselves.

Ollie Jefferies has been involved with the event for several years but certainly isn’t phased by the increased workload as it continues to expand. “I really enjoy my role focussing on scouting performers for the festival’s fringe events. Monmouth Festival gives artists a place to perform and showcase their talents, regardless of how new or experienced they may be and I feel proud to be a part of that.”

Bleddyn Richards is one of the longest serving volunteers.

Bleddyn Richards is one of the longest serving volunteers.

Come rain or shine, you will always see people of all ages enjoying themselves at Monmouth Festival. It’s a fantastic free event to attend with friends and family and has always prided itself on being extremely friendly, relaxed and an opportunity for all generations of people to come together and enjoy themselves. This is definitely one of the reasons the not-for-profit organisation continues to be supported by so many loyal volunteers.

One of the longest-standing volunteers is Bleddyn Richards. “I first became involved with the Monmouth Festival through the spin-off event ‘ROCKFAIR’ in 1984/85,” he explains. “I have since supported the festival as a member of the committee, a member of the audience and as a performer.”

Right now July might seem a long way away but for the Festival Committee it will be here in the blink of an eye! If you can’t wait until summer, keep a look out for up and coming fringe events, more news and updates by following Monmouth Festival on Facebook  and Twitter.

The Festival relies on hardworking volunteers, your donations, our advertisers, sponsors and friends, without whom we could not put on the show and our partner traders whose success also helps to fund the free festival.

For all media enquiries please email press@monmouthfestival.co.uk .

"Eat through your ears" this Friday

It's been scientifically proven that listening to music enhances the flavour of food so you're in for a real treat this Friday at the second MonFest Street Food Experience. With talented local musicians serenading you as you tuck into some deliciously tasty street food, it doesn't get much better than this!    

These are the delectable delicacies that will be on offer:

- Urban Eats - delicious burgers
- Old Granary Pierogi - polish baked Pierogi (Also in Veggie & Gluten Free option)
- Smoke & Spice BBQ - Smoked BBQ pork, beef, rib & turkey
- Samosa Co -  Authentic quality Indian Cuisine. (Vegan &Gluten Free option)
- Dusty Knuckle -  Wood fired Pizza (plus Gluten Free & Vegan option)
- Chais Thai - Thai cuisine including Green & Red Curry, Chicken satay, grilled Pork belly.
- Taste of Persia - Variety of fantastic Persian dishes including their speciality 'Charcoal BBQ Kebabs' and Baklava Sweets. (Vegan & Gluten free options)
- Artisan Crepes- Fantastic French crepes, Sweet & Savoury
- Dinky Donuts - Donuts, sweets, Tea & Coffee
- No 18 - Brownies
- Apple County Cider - Bottled cider and Hot Mulled Cider
- Bowerbird Bears - One of a kind local hand made Teddy Bears (plus other creatures)   
The Punch House - bar

And these are some of the musicians that will be entertaining you:

Will Cass
Josh Hopkins
Reuben F Tourettes

Continue after the event with Hannah Hill at  The Riverside.

We'd like to thank The Punch House, The Shire Hall and Handyman House for their generosity in sponsoring this event.

So come along between 5 and 10pm on Friday it's time to embrace Christmas!

 

 

Don't Miss Out - Apply Today

Applications to play Monmouth Festival 2016 close on 31st December 2015

If you would like to be considered for the 2016 Festival then you only have 20 days to apply! 

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We've been so overwhelmed with the number of applicants - already double that of last year - that we've had to bring the cut off date forward to the 31st December. Even more impressive (and making us very excited) is the quality and standard of those that have already applied.

We're hoping to have finalised the line-up by the end of February / beginning of March, so keep a look out!

To be in with a chance of performing at Monmouth Festival 2016 go to http://www.monmouthfestival.co.uk/play and submit the form.

Good luck.

Monmouth Photographic Club's November MonFest StreetFood Experience

We're very grateful to John Crowland and The Monmouth Photographic Club  for these wonderful photographs which capture the evening brilliantly.

Thanks to all the traders that attended: Taste of Persia; AaHaan Thai; No 18; The Parson's Nose; Smoke & Spice BBQ; Dinky Donuts; Old Granary Pierogi; Crepes; Urban Eats; Dais Pies; Vegan Pizza Co and Apple County Cider (we're really sorry we didn't get a photo of you but we'll definitely get one in December).

Thanks also to all the musicians that played on the night: Josh Hopkins, Daniel Siggers, Hannah Hill, Craig Wilson, Anwen Shaw-Penman, Markay Boyle and Alan Hampson.

It was a fantastic night and we can't wait until the next one on

Friday, 18th December 5-10pm.

A Year in the Life of the Festival - November

Funding the Festival is a huge issue and having decide that we were really going to focus on fundraising this year we certainly got off to a great start!

The Halloween  Spectacular was fangtastic.  Riverside looked spooktacular, there were some amazing costumes and The Mighty Pledge were fabulous as always.  Thanks to Ollie, Hannah, The Mighty Pledge and everyone at The Riverside Hotel for an amazing night.   (Thanks Emma King for the photo).

The Halloween  Spectacular was fangtastic.  Riverside looked spooktacular, there were some amazing costumes and The Mighty Pledge were fabulous as always.  Thanks to Ollie, Hannah, The Mighty Pledge and everyone at The Riverside Hotel for an amazing night.   (Thanks Emma King for the photo).

Then Kamran had the brilliant idea of combining street food and music to create The MonFest Street Food Experience.  We didn't have much time to organise it but we hope you agree that it was a brilliant night and great to see such a buzz in Monmouth.  Thanks to Kamran and Mike; all the traders and musicians; The Punch House, Handyman House and everyone at The Shire Hall.

Then Kamran had the brilliant idea of combining street food and music to create The MonFest Street Food Experience.  We didn't have much time to organise it but we hope you agree that it was a brilliant night and great to see such a buzz in Monmouth.  Thanks to Kamran and Mike; all the traders and musicians; The Punch House, Handyman House and everyone at The Shire Hall.

Of course neither event would have been a success  without your support, so a huge thanks to you, the people of Monmouth.

If you missed either of these events, don't worry there will be another MonFest SteetFood Experience on Friday, 18th December, a New Year's Eve Extravaganza at The Riverside is being organised as we speak and more events are planned for 2016.  Keep an eye out for updates on Facebook and Twitter.

The Riverside weekly Friday Night Live Music Sessions are proving to be very popular and it's great to see so many local musicians growing in confidence and experience.  If anyone would like to know more about these session please contact Ollie.

As well as fundraising events this is the time of year when we start talking to possible sponsors and identifying and applying for grants.  Post Festival reports have to be completed and submitted for 2015 Festival grants.

The Ents Committee are working on the line up for 2016  and with over 350 applications already received that's not as easy as you might think!

Budgets have been set so we can begin making  "must have"  and "it would be nice to have" lists of  equipment and infa-structure needed for 2016. 

237 days to go to opening night!

 

Banish That Friday Feeling with The MonFest Street Food Experience

We're so excited that it's finally here and we're loving the food / music combination.  As Gregory David Roberts said "Food is music to the body, music is food to the heart".

These are just some of the food, drink and traders that you will find outside The Shire Hall tonight between 5 and 10pm:

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Persian Cuisine - Taste of Persia
Pizza - Vegan Pizza Co
Unusual Burgers - Urban Eats
Quality Pies - Dais Pies
Pierogi - Old Granary Pierogi
Local Sausages - Parson's Nose
BBQ -  Smoke and Spice BBQ
Cakes - No Eighteen
Mulled Cider - Apple County Cider

 

And if that weren't enough there will be local musicians performing from 7pm.

So no matter whether it's cold, wet or even snowing come along there will be plenty to keep you toasty warm and entertained!