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City looks to 'buck the trend' with new festival

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 04, 2012

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Talks have begun to introduce a new and exciting festival in Exeter.

Members of Exeter's Economy Committee will soon consider a proposal for a new age festival to take place next September. The idea is to make the festival as interactive and accessible as possible, with the overall aim to get everyone involved.

The city already hosts events such as Exe-treme's Imagination festival and Animated Exeter's productions, both in February. But this new festival is designed to get people who don't usually go to these sorts of events involved.

It has been planned to include a mix of both ticketed and non-ticketed events, which will help draw in large crowds. Artists' work from around the world would be on show, as well as a number of theatrical performances around the city.

The new project is designed to get people from local communities involved and working with industry experts. Although this event would take place in September, organisers would like to introduce people to the festival during the finale of the Exe-treme Imagination festival in February – similar to an Olympics closing ceremony.

An Animated Exeter performance at the end of the festival, based on a story by Devon writer Philip Reeve, hopes to include young people from schools and colleges from within the city and give people a taste of what there is to look forward to.

Cllr Rosie Denham, Lead Councillor for Economy and Tourism said, "This is an exciting and innovative proposal that definitely bucks the trend of traditional festivals."

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