A feast of festivals under one (exceptional) roof
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The party is happening at 8pm on Weds 20th September at the 1815 Bar (behind the Round Church). We're inviting around 150 of the most creative people that we could think of in Cambridge (and if we've missed people, free free to forward this on). The aim? For us to tell you about this new 'feast of festivals' - called House of Cambridge - that we're hoping to launch in May next year, showcasing our city's brilliant existing festivals* in one wonderful week in an extraordinary space that is new to the city**, with a little more of Cambridge's own magic on top. And to a) get your wonderful brains telling us whether you think it's a good idea; b) find out if it's the kind of thing you'd be happy to tell your friends about; and c) see if - en masse - we can come up with some brilliant ideas for that extra magic, because we want Cambridge to shine, and you are Cambridge.
The party is free to get in, with a free glass of fizz on arrival followed by a pay bar.***
We'll manage the first hour or so - please come no later than 8.30 if at all possible. After that it's a glorious free for all, with cool music.
*interested so far, in random order.... Cambridge Literary Festival, Cambridge Jazz Festival, Cambridge Film Festival, Cambridge Comedy Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge Live, Cambridge Music Festival, The Ahbab Festival, The Festival of Ideas & finally the Cambridge Science Festival. Not a bad list! We've also had interest from Sunday Papers Live, are trying to reach some other brilliant content creators in and around the city (e.g. the fabulous Junction), and finally BBC Radio Cambridgeshire are on board as media partners.
**the picture above is the Paradiso Spiegeltent. It's antique & beautiful, and has never, ever, been to Cambridge before. We want to bring it and have provisionally booked it for the May half term, 2018. It can hold 650 seated / 800 standing. Check out this video to see more...
***we'd like to say a massive thank you to the 1815 bar for sponsoring this event by providing the venue & the fizz. The 1815 bar is part of the Cambridge Union; one thing you might not know about them (we didn't) is that they have a charity which delivers debating outreach programmes in local schools / the East End of London, is involved in prison outreach debating programmes, and finally runs the world's largest debating competition for school children. Pretty cool. And big thanks also to Allia's Serious Impact project for supporting this whole bonkers idea and helping us begin.