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Brightlingsea WinterFest plans a return to live events in March

Brightlingsea WinterFest – the annual festival of music, arts and crafts and spoken word – is to take place a month later this year.

The Covid pandemic meant that plans for the 2022 festival had been on hold, but now that restrictions are easing the volunteers who organise WinterFest are determined to make it happen – in March, rather than the usual February.

WinterFest co-founders Alix Sheppard and Dave Griffiths have been delighted with the public demand for the festival to return, proving how much people have taken the event to their hearts. “We have had so many people asking us if it is happening this year and everyone is very keen to see the return of live events,” they said.

“Last year WinterFest had to be held on line, with 22 events attracting audiences from around the world. But, with growing demand for live and in-person attractions to return, we have decided to put together a programme for March. We have already had a very good response from people who would like to take part and would still love to hear from any more who might like to become involved.”

Since it was launched in 2015 WinterFest has gone from strength to strength, putting the emphasis on community spirit, wellbeing and support for local people. Money raised by the various events is divided between the mental health charity Mind and the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund, which provides help for Brightlingsea residents in a variety of ways.

For more information about the plans for the 2022 WinterFest, how to become involved and how to support the Wellbeing Fund visit www.brightlingseawinterfest.co.uk or see the Brightlingsea Winterfest facebook page.

• Details about the first WinterFest event to be announced – a creative writing workshop in conjunction with Brightlingsea Lido – can be found here. More events will be added as they are finalised.

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