Barnaby Festival will also be working with Brighter Sound, a music charity that works with young and emerging musicians. Their ambassadors include musicians Beth Orton and Nadine Shah. Brighter Sound will be producing a week-long residency with leading figures in the music industry working with local emerging artists who will perform in the festival.
Alongside the Arts Council England award, Barnaby Festival has also received funding from Cheshire East Council and Macclesfield Town Council as well as support from local businesses including The Picturedrome.
Abi Gilmore, co-chair of Barnaby Festival, said: “We’re really excited that we have received the ACE award and support from local businesses and councils. It will help us programme the high standard of visual arts, music and culture that Barnaby has built a reputation for delivering.
“However, we are still looking for financial support. Barnaby Festival is a great cultural event for Macclesfield, bringing the town to life and creating some great economic opportunities.
“We want to make 2020 a great success and deliver one of the best festivals yet. If you are interested in supporting us, please do get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org ”