Canterbury Festival is Kent’s International Arts Festival. With over 200 events in a fortnight each October it is a highlight of the county’s cultural calendar. The Festival team is engaged with all types of fundraising: the organisation was one of the first of its kind to establish corporate sponsors and it maintains a lively Friends scheme and dozens of individual patrons. Recent fundraising success stories include a capital appeal for the purchase of the freehold of Festival House – office premises originally negotiated as a sponsorship by the Festival’s partner Canterbury Christ Church University. One of the few arts organisations to successfully complete an Arts Council Catalyst match-funding project (which enabled the Festival to significantly alter its customer base through the introduction of a Spiegeltent programme) Festival Director Rosie Turner is clear about the key to success.
“Everyone in the team and Board understands and is involved with our year-round fundraising. With help from our sister charity the Festival Foundation we run events as diverse as GoKart Challenges and tea dances, raffles, golf days, wine tastings – anything to put the “fun” into fundraising.”
Equally important is saying “Thank You” to the Festival’s loyal and longstanding supporters and some of the team have recently led a party of guests in a tour of 10 Downing Street. Rosie says, “When our supporters have been so generous over so many years it’s important to think of ways to thank them. Experiences that money can’t buy are ideal.”
Canterbury Festival combines high standards of professionalism with a diverse artistic programme and a warm and supportive atmosphere. Joining the hard-working team will offer a Fundraising Fellow an insight into best practice, hands-on experience across the range of fundraising activities and a unique insight into the workings of a successful arts festival.