WINTERFEST
Four weekends of arts and music
WINTERFEST
Engaging the whole community
WINTERFEST
Banishing the winter blues
in Brightlingsea
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Welcome to WinterFest

Since it began in 2015, WinterFest has been helping fight depression by raising spirits and developing a sense of community during the darkest time of the year. It’s a serious subject, but we have a lot of fun with a host of music, arts and other events taking place throughout February.

The festival has raised thousands of pounds for Mid & North Essex Mind, which offers support and advice to anyone suffering a mental health issue, and has helped to boost trade for local businesses too.

 

So far in 2018, WinterFest has raised:

Welcome
to
WinterFest

Since it began in 2015, WinterFest has been helping fight depression by raising spirits and developing a sense of community during the darkest time of the year. It’s a serious subject, but we have a lot of fun with a host of music, arts and other events taking place throughout February.

The festival has raised thousands of pounds for Mid & North Essex Mind, which offers support and advice to anyone suffering a mental health issue, and has helped to boost trade for local businesses too.

WinterFest 2018 is going to be bigger than ever – we’ll see you in…

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Our aims

To bring people of all ages and cultures in the community together to build community cohesion and resilience

To promote the arts as a contributing factor to better mental wellbeing and  raise awareness of mental health issues

To showcase local talent, encourage more people to take up a new hobby and join the local clubs and music groups

To support local businesses, especially in the tourism and hospitality industry, helping to boost income

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how it all began…

In 2014, following the suicide of a well-known local musician after a long battle with depression, a group of his friends decided to hold a small concert in his memory. The event was designed to raise spirits and boost the town’s sense of community.

The first WinterFest took place in 2015 – a four-day music and arts festival run by volunteers at at different venues around Brightlingsea. It raised over £2,000 for Mind UK and has gone on to raise thousands more for Mid and North East Essex Mind, a self-funded subsidiary of Mind UK.

From those early beginnings, WinterFest has grown and in 2018 will feature events throughout February. There’ll be something for everyone to enjoy, and lots of opportunities to get involved.

Come along and banish the winter blues with us!

how it all began…

In 2014, following the suicide of a well-known local musician after a long battle with depression, a group of his friends decided to hold a small concert in his memory. The event was designed to raise spirits and boost the town’s sense of community.

The first WinterFest took place in 2015 – a four-day music and arts festival run by volunteers at at different venues around Brightlingsea. It raised over £2,000 for Mind UK and has gone on to raise thousands more for Mid and North East Essex Mind, a self-funded subsidiary of Mind UK.

From those early beginnings, WinterFest has grown and in 2018 will feature events throughout February. There’ll be something for everyone to enjoy, and lots of opportunities to get involved.

Come along and banish the winter blues with us!

WinterFest works…

WinterFest
Works…

News and events

Arts & Craft Workshop Bookings

If you'd like to attend any of the arts and crafts workshops that are taking place on Wellbeing Day, please remember that places are limited and you'll need to book. Email the workshops organiser, Nicky Sheales or call 07736 413532 for bookings and more...

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Yes, you can write!

Yes I Can...write is the title of a one hour workshop being held during Wellbeing Day in the Community Centre on February 10 as an introduction to creative writing – fiction, non-fiction, prose and poetry. If you have always suspected that a book, article or poem...

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Take a winter dip for charity

Join the Colchester Hospitals Charity on the beach at Batemans Tower, Brightlingsea to take part in an act of great bravery or madness to raise money for the Cancer Centre Campaign.

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Our fundraising does this…

Pays for a session with a Support, Time & Recovery worker to help with debt & finance issues or the search for work.

Covers the cost of a group session to offer support and friendship to people who find it hard to get out and about.

Pays for six counselling sessions for someone with mild to moderate depression or anxiety to help them cope.

Pays for eight sessions of therapeutic support for a young person having a tough time at school or at home.

Get involved…

Help

Many hands make life easy!
• Set up events
• Sell raffle tickets
• Run events
• Make cakes
• Whatever!

Perform

If you’d like to perform at Winterfest we want to hear from you. Bands, singers, poets, storytellers, dancers – whatever you do, help us make winter a brighter place.

Support us

Without your support, Winterfest can’t happen. Come out to one of the many events happening throughout February and get involved. You’ll feel much better for it!

WinterFest Video Vault

WinterFest
Video Vault

Ropework Workshop

Claire Simone and Adrian Nation (YouTube)

Crazy Train

Terry & Colin Blues (YouTube)

Cindery (YouTube)

Clay Face workshop with Nicky Sheales

Contact WinterFest

Contact

WinterFest

Our sponsors and supporters…

Without the help of our sponsors and supporters, WinterFest couldn’t happen. Thanks to them all.

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