A new summer festival is set to be one of the legacies left by Preston Guild 2012.Advertisement
The city council’s cabinet met on Thursday to agree the city needs more events to keep the Guild feeling going.
Now councillors want to see a weekend long multi cultural World Festival starting from summer 2014.
A report to the council said: “A multi cultural ‘World Festival’ – weekend is proposed as a new event during the summer of 2014 to celebrate the diverse communities of the city and build on the community spirit experienced during the Guild celebrations.
“This event would encompass the best parts of Mela and Carnival and widen the demographic of communities involved in the event programme. The event will have the potential to become regionally significant as it develops.”
Creative producers Walk the Plank, who have put on shows at the Commonwealth Games, Liverpool’s Capital of Culture and Manchester International Arts Festival amongst others have been contracted to work on planning the event.
The report goes on to state: “There is a need to maintain momentum following the Guild and work to position Preston at the heart of Lancashire.
“Events should be used as a catalyst for the regeneration of the city centre by creating a vibrant place to live, work and visit. Rejecting this opportunity would be likely to damage Preston’s reputation locally and within the region.”
View the full report by the council here about events in the city.
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Image credits to CottonGilly and Paul Melling