Create Festival – Saturday Date

Create Tree LogoAshford Borough Council have announced that the 2016 Create Music Festival will be held on Saturday 23rd July in Ashford’s Victoria Park. ABC say in their announcement “due to public demand, Create will switch from its usual Sunday slot, hoping to encourage an even bigger festival feel for the town”.

The new Saturday date falls on the 175th birthday of George Harper, the man who kindly gifted the exuberant Fountain to Victoria Park in 1912. To mark this, festival organisers will be introducing a new “Fountain Stage” showcasing young local talent and community music groups. It will however prevent an event similar to last years Mr. Harper’s Birthday celebration which was attended by a large number of younger children.

ABC invite those who think they have got what it takes to entertain the crowds at Create, and would like to be in with a chance to play then to apply online at   They encourage performers of all genres, from bands, choirs, DJs, singer-songwriters and performance poets to sign up before the deadline of 1st April.Last year, there were over 300 applications that were whittled down to just 40.

Local businesses are also asked to join the existing sponsors and take up some of the brand building packages that Create has on offer.

Jessamy Blanford, Portfolio Holder for Culture says: “We are committed to making sure Ashford arts and heritage is celebrated and well valued. The Council is incredibly proud of the Create Festival and its continual growth over the years, and we hope its 21st birthday will be extra special”.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities with the Create Festival, please contact Festival Organiser Chris Dixon at

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Ashford Borough Council’s Announcement can be viewed on their website

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