We've moved to the August Bank Holiday
You may already know that in 2020 the Government, have made the decision to move the early May Day Bank Holiday from the Monday to Friday, May 8th as it is the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe.
We have already been thinking about the structure of the trail and we had already made the decision to move it out of the Belper Arts Festival. There are many reasons for this, which we won't go into here, but one of those reasons is that we believe the Trail is a standalone event that has a popularity and following all of its own.
We have considered many options and consulted particularly with the venues about the possibility of holding the trail on a Saturday and Sunday but have concluded that the Trail works best with the Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday format. We have also consulted with other events and festivals and for 2020, therefore, the Belper Arts Trail will now take place on Sunday 30th and Bank Holiday Monday 31st August.
Obviously this is a big change but it does also give us time to plan for this and also to consider broadening the weekend out to include fringe events leading up to the trail.
Letting you know this early also allows you to plan accordingly especially if you’re an artist wanting to take part.
We appreciate this is at the end of the summer holiday period but we hope you will join us in 2020.
It’s going to be a big one!
The Trail first hit the Belper streets in 2014 as part of a vision we had to bring together local and diverse artists, along with the fact that Belper really lacked exhibiting space for artists. Since then the Trail has grown… and grown… and grown.
It was estimated that around 3,500 people visited the Trail, making it one of the most popular Trails in the Midlands.
The 2019 Trail saw 130 artists taking up residence in 58 venues around the centre of town displaying and selling an enormous variety of art and crafts. The venues are many and varied including many of Belper’s shops, cafes, churches, pubs and halls.
We estimate that around 3,500 people visited the Trail in 2019, making it one of the most popular Trails in the Midlands.
If you are an artist wanting to take part in 2020 please get in touch by emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org
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