We have warmly welcomed a financial boost of £1500 from the Bognor Regis Business Improvement District (BID)
Cultural Fund and £3500 from the nationally based, Joe Strummer Foundation.
The additional funding from the BID will be used to fund the Festival`s Dance Programme plus the Big Seaside Sing and new for 2020, the ‘Shanty Showdown‘.
BID Chairman, Jason Passingham said “Our support for the Festival is based on its proven track record in attracting people into the Town Centre and creating a great atmosphere that people can enjoy and take part in if they wish in a relaxed and safe environment. The Festival really does reach out and involve the whole Town and brings a lot of new people to Bognor Regis which all has a very positive impact for local shops, hotels, pubs and other businesses.”
Monies from the Joe Strummer Foundation will go towards getting even more people involved in music through the platform of the Festival as well as extending the life of one of its outreach projects, `Making Your Mark` which has been running since June 2018 with the aim of combating social isolation by learning and playing the ukulele.
Simon Goodale representing the Joe Strummer Foundation said, “The Foundation is all about empowering people through music and the Southdowns Folk Festival and the ongoing `Making Your Mark` project has shown how this can be successfully achieved. We want to build on this success and get even more people from a whole variety of backgrounds and ages into and enjoying music, improving their skills and confidence thereby creating more positivity and a ‘can-do’ frame of mind”.
Festival Chairman, Roger Nash added “We are really grateful to the Bognor Regis BID and the Joe Strummer Foundation for their valued financial backing. This will enable us to improve and expand the September event as well as giving us a firmer financial footing to continue our musical outreach projects plus help create an even more positive image for Bognor Regis”.
Festival tickets for our 2020 festival – both the Folk and Americana festivals – are now on sale via
We Got Tickets, via the post (download the booking form via our ticket page) and via The Regis Centre.
Perfect timing as a Christmas gift for the folk, Americana music-lover in your life, or simply to purchase as your go-to summer festival ticket of 2020.
Purchase 2020 Festival Tickets
Planning is underway for next year’s festival market; the markets are a wonderful and integral part of our event.
Please do send us an email showing your interest in holding a stall with us, and we will add you to our ‘reserve stalls list’ for next years market.
The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our booking packs will be sent out in January 2020.
An event for friends of the South Downs Folk Festival…
When pioneers from the British Isles came to settle in the Appalachian Mountains they brought with them, in their invisible baggage, songs from ‘the old country’, which took on a new life amidst the new land.
Join the award-winning Little Bulb Theatre as they weave a tapestry both historical and fantastical in an unforgettable evening of story and song.
Told with sumptuous three-part harmonies and a (foot stomping) five-piece string band, you are invited on a journey of musical migration to the birth of what we now call Country Music.
“Boundlessly enthusiastic, insanely optimistic and inexpressibly charming” The Guardian on Little Bulb
A play about songs that leave and come back again.
Age Guidance: 11+
Friday 22nd November: 8:00 – 10:30 pm
Tickets: £15.00 via Mountain Music
Unfortunately, Damian Clarke who was presenting the Hurdy Gurdy Workshops and Concerts on ‘our’ Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Regis Centre (Studio 2 and 3) has cancelled due to illness.
Wishing you well Damian, hope you get well soon.
View our handy guide to find your way around the Southdowns Folk Festival 2019…
We’re thrilled to have Radio Respect with us at this year’s festival.
Seek them out while you’re in Bognor Regis over the festival weekend – they will be delivering outside broadcasts from our event.
Want to enter our Sussex Young Folk Competition?
Or perhaps you know someone who does…?
Now in its 7th year, this highly popular event is for young folk and roots musicians, 8-21 years of age.
The Sussex Young Folk Competition 2019 takes place on Sunday 22nd Sept.
The winner is gifted a new guitar, plus a slot on the main stage prior to our Sunday evening headliners Lindisfarne – Official.
To enter, simply contact Roger, our festival director, for details: email@example.com
We are delighted to have been awarded significant funding from the Sussex Community Foundation for our ‘Making Your Mark’ project.
Making Your Mark is our popular ukulele outreach project which is forms part of the 2019 Southdowns Folk & Ukulele Festival.
We were informed this week that our ‘Making Your Mark’ project was awarded a grant of £5,000 from the Frank and Lorna Fund at the Sussex Community Foundation.
With huge thanks to the Community Fund – your award will ensure the outcome of a wonderful and successful project.
Festival Chairman, Roger Nash said: “We are really grateful to get this award which will allow us the extend our popular ukulele based `Making Your Mark` project over the next 12 months to other areas of SW Sussex, as well as continuing in Bognor Regis.
We have been successfully running the project locally for over a year with good monthly attendances aimed at older people who might otherwise get a bit lonely. Currently, people who are part of this are practising enthusiastically to take part in the opening afternoon of the Southdowns Folk & Ukulele Festival in a special ukulele concert.
The monies awarded will also be used to engage professional music teachers both at the upcoming Festival and beyond plus pay for the purchase of ukuleles, project marketing and venue hire.
Over four days between 19 and 22 September, there are no less than 117 different performances and events covering the Bognor Regis Town Centre, Seafront, Promenade, Bandstand and Norfolk Street with loads of great free events in venues such as the Regis Centre, Place St. Maur, RAFA Club in Waterloo Square, the Claremont in Scott Street, The Lamb ( Steyne Street ) plus the Hothampton Arms in London Road”.