With many thanks for our £1000 award, Lions…

Many thanks for the cheque received for £1000 to help towards running our project ‘Making Your Mark’.

The first session for ‘Making Your Mark’, in June, was a huge success with more sessions planned for 18th July, 5th September, during Festival (and beyond!).

Find out more about the project just here: Ukulele Festival and Making Your Mark

And find out more about Lions International, the global leaders in community service, just here:
Lions International

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£10k Award from the Big Lottery Fund

We are thrilled to announce that our ukulele prjoect 'Making Your Mark' has been awarded £10k from the Big Lottery Fund.

Helping to combat loneliness through music - there's still plenty of time to get involved!

A huge thank you to the Lottery fund for all their support.

Read more about the project via this link.

Win ‘The Joe Brown’ Soprano Laka Ukulele…

We'll have an exciting raffle/auction at the 2018 festival - for a 'signature model' ukulele. This model is currently unavailable to purchase, but would normally sell for £249!

A word from David Cox at GB Music Ltd, Bognor Regis:
"The Joe Brown soprano Laka ukulele has been designed in conjunction with the legend himself - well known throughout the industry as a ukulele aficionado - so creating an instrument that lives up to his exacting standards is no mean feat".
However Joe was delighted with the result.
"This uke is a fine instrument, with perfect intonation" says Joe, "and I’m happy to lend my name to it".

The Joe Brown has an all-solid acacia top, back and sides with maple binding and super-stable Grover machine heads for precise tuning.
The ukulele comes complete with an attractive hard-shell brown leather-effect case, with plush interior.

Colour - Natural Satin
Neck - Nato
Binding - Maple
Frets - 12
Machine Heads - Super-stable Grover
Strings - Aquila

Harbour Records To Sell Festival Tickets…

Just in time for Record Store Day 2018, Harbour Records in Emsworth will be selling Southdowns Folk Festival 4-day tickets, plus individual evening tickets, from Friday 20th April.

You can find Harbour Records here:
29 High Street, #Emsworth, PO10 7AG
Tel: 01243 371415
E-Mail: harbourrecordsemsworth@gmail.com
Web: www.harbourrecords.co.uk

Many thanks for your support Harbour!


Support from Sussex Community Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that the Sussex Community Foundation have awarded our 2018 festival a sum of £5000.

The funds will be used for the festival ‘Skills Project’, in partnership with ‘Making Theatre Gaining Skills’. Our Skills Project uses funding to train local unemployed people as stewards for the Southdowns Folk Festival.

We are so pleased to continue and build on the success of last year’s project. Many thanks to the foundation for all their support.

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Ovation Music

We’re pleased to be supporting Ovation Music as part of this year’s Sussex Young Folk Competition. Ovation are a young people’s music charity in Chichester, West Sussex, providing a platform for children and young people to get involved in making music.

Sussex Young Folk Competition 2018 in association with Butlins, Bognor Regis, will take place on Sunday 23rd September at William Hardwicke.

To be part of the competition, simply contact Roger, our festival director, for details… rnash10@hotmail.com

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With many thanks to the Picturedrome Cinema, Bognor Regis

A huge ‘thank you’ to the Picturedrome Cinema, who will sponsor our 2018 festival.
Bognor’s near unique and lovely Edwardian cinema are to become headline sponsor for our ‘Southdowns Ukulele Festival’, and we sincerely thank them for this.
More news and details about the special ukelele events is to follow soon.

Picturedrome Cinema

Our 2018 event? It’s community focused (and more…)

Our 2018 festival will enjoy exciting and community focused town centre activities with ~

*a bigger and even more spectacular dance programme
*expanded street markets
*additional music workshops, sessions and sing-arounds
*extra children’s fun & games
*Sussex Young Folk Competition
*a bigger (and tastier?!) Real Ale Festival
*the introduction of the Southdowns Ukulele Festival
*also new for 2018 – the ‘Seaside Big Sing`

and much more…