WINTERFEST
Arts, music, spoken word and more
WINTERFEST
Engaging and supporting 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 in February.

Following feedback from the local community, we’ve set up the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund to fund grants of up to £200 to help Brightlingsea  residents undertake activities to improve their mental, physical or social wellbeing –such as tickets for a family day out, music lessons, sports lessons etc.

Three-quarters  of the money raised at our 2019 events (after costs have been accounted for) will go into the new fund, with the remainder going to Mid and North Essex Mind. Details of eligibility and how to apply to the fund will be confirmed in time for our 2019 events.

 

 
To date, WinterFest has raised over :

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. 

In 2019 we’re launching the WinterFest Community Fund to help individuals and projects in Brightlingsea.

To date, WinterFest has raised over :

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 since 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 to become a major town event, featuring something for everyone to enjoy with 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 since 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 to become a major town event, featuring something for everyone to enjoy with lots of opportunities to get involved.

Come along and banish the winter blues with us!

WinterFest works…

WinterFest
Works…

Events for 2019

We've got some great events planned for WinterFest 2019. Most are free to attend and there'll be plenty of opportunities to donate to WinterFest or buy some great WinterFest merchandise. 

The list below shows confirmed events but more are planned, so please check back or keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest news. More details coming soon!

Thursday, February 7

Open Mic Night
@ Ye Olde Swan, High Street

Friday, February 8

Shanty Night with the Motley Crew
@ Ye Olde Swan, High Street

Saturday, February 9

Music in the Library
@ Brightlingsea Library, New Street

Saturday, February 9

Music by Candlelight
@ St James' Church, High Street (ticket event)

Friday, February 15

Georgie's Accoustic
@ Railway Tavern, Station Road

Saturday, February 16

Wellbeing Day
@ TBC

Saturday, February 16

Cabaret Evening
@ YMCA, High Street

Saturday/Sunday, February 16&17

Brightlingsea Museum Open
@ Brightlingsea Museum, Station Road

Sunday, February 17

Spoken Word & Accoustic Afternoon feat. Martin Newell
@ Railway Tavern, Station Road

Wednesday, February 20

Storytelling Afternoon
@ Brightlingsea Library, New Street

Friday, February 22

Classical Gig with the Chris West Ooh La La Quintet
@ Studio Music, Mill Street

Saturday, February 23

Film Night at the Commy
@ Community Centre, Lower Park Road

Sunday, February 24

Art Workshops
@ Brightlingsea Sailing Club, Oyster Tank Road

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.