Worthing Festival to celebrate arts, culture and local talent this summer

Worthing Festival 2023

Worthing Festival celebrating local talent and culture

Worthing is to enjoy an abundance of arts and culture this summer as the borough prepares to host a celebration of local talent through an ambitious new multi-arts festival.

The Worthing Festival – comprising music, dance, art, heritage, comedy, workshops, family events and more – will run from 10th – 18th June 2023.

Taking place in venues and open spaces across the borough, the celebration has been inspired by community conversations asking for more visibility for Worthing’s wealth of cultural talent.

The festival has been created by Worthing Borough Council’s official place brand, Time for Worthing. It’s hoped that following on from this year’s debut festival, the concept can be owned, developed and delivered by the community.

Dozens of individuals and groups have already registered their interest in taking part. Local entertainers, venues and leisure providers, including the likes of Worthing Theatres and Museum, Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra and Highdown Gardens, have already signed up, along with restaurants, pubs and bars.

Following a competition held at Northbrook College, branding for this year’s festival is to feature the work of Jessica Galbraith, who has recently graduated from a Makeup and Hair for Theatre and Media degree course there.

Hosting and event at the Council-backed festival

Worthing Festival ‘23 will take place between Saturday 10th June – Sunday 18th June. The dates which have been specifically identified to coincide with a number of existing events, and not to disrupt other festivals later in the year.

Cllr Rita Garner, Worthing’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “From singers and artists to historians and organisers of fun for all the family, there is so much talent in and around Worthing that deserves to be put on show and enjoyed by the public.

“In our conversations, the community have asked for a Council-backed festival like this, and we’re delighted to help provide a platform for our wealth of local talent and shine the spotlight firmly on our town.”

Worthing Festival event listings will be revealed in mid April. In the meantime, to find out more about this year’s Worthing Festival, visit the Time for Worthing website. If you wish to submit your interest in hosting an event through the festival, email: worthingfestival@worthing.gov.uk

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