£350k festival programme

COMMUNITY participation and an improved economy is set to be the focus of a major festival programme across East Lindsey in 2012.

East Lindsey District Council’s Executive Board has agreed to invest £350,000 into cultural events that will raise the profile of the district as a visitor destination and give local people the chance to develop new skills.

The decision, which is still subject to approval by the full council, would build on the success of events such as SO Festival.

Since embarking on a festival programme in 2009, the council has worked to use cultural events in an attempt to broaden the area’s tourist appeal, and also create opportunities for local people to volunteer for performances and as support staff in a variety of roles.

“As well as events from April to October,, the 2012 programme would climax with a nine day SO Festival across the district, with the final three days being SO Festival 2012 in Skegness.

Portfolio Holder for Leisure at the Council, Coun Adam Grist, said: “We’ve been building up to this for some time and in 2012 the eyes of the world will be on the UK for the Olympic Games.

“We need to use 2012 as a springboard into the future and ensure we generate significant levels of publicity for our district that makes people want to come and visit.”