Newquay BID have announced the event funding awards for 2018-2019. The Board of Directors decided to support and award funding to the following organisations: Blystra Arts, a Newquay-based performance, arts and film company who aim to put on unique, interactive and accessible arts events in unusual places. Blystra Arts recent performances include Tide and Time, where Newquay’s seafaring past was brought to life using storytelling, music and dance, featured as part of the 2017 Lowender Peran festival. In addition, Lowender Peran was awarded funding: the event celebrates Celtic music, dance, arts and culture, representing Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany, Wales and the Isle of Man. This year’s Lowender Peran Festival is on the 1st-4th November at the Hotel Bristol.

Funding was also awarded to Newquay Fish Festival, Newquay Carnival, Thundercat Racing and Cornwall Pride which takes place in Newquay for the second year on Saturday 25th August 2018. The UK Bodysurfing Association, which held their inaugural event at Fistral beach in 2017, received funding for the second Slyde Handboards UK Bodysurfing Championships. This event takes place on the 16th-17th September at Fistral, with competitors from across Europe. Lastly, funding was given to The St Piran’s organisation for the celebrations in March 2019 – this year’s St Piran’s events occur on the 4th-5th March 2018, with the St Piran’s Parade on Monday 5th March and many other events going on over the weekend too.

The Board of Directors are delighted to be able to make these awards, which are aimed at creating a more vibrant town by scaling up signature events and increasing support for sustainable community and sport / lifestyle events that are inclusive, heritage-based and involve community spirit and participation. Commercial and not for profit events are also considered under this priority. Any questions about the event funding awards or the application process can be sent to the BID team at info@newquaybid.co.uk.

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