We’re really pleased to announce that we are once again sponsoring Canterbury Festival.
As a company we have always been very keen on supporting the arts locally and this year – as last year – that support is even more vital.
The Coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on the arts, so we are keen on backing Canterbury Festival again in its determination to present another great event later this year, despite all the uncertainty.
More than ever before organisations are reliant on the support of businesses to stage events and we are happy to play our part.
Amanda McKean, Canterbury Festival’s deputy director, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Hearbase is supporting us again and are so grateful that it is sticking with us through the hard times as well as the good.
“It is very reassuring for people to see respected local businesses loyally supporting our work and this commitment from our sponsors is so important and we are so appreciative of it.
“Financial stability is vital for festivals and it is wonderful to see sponsors such as Hearbase wanting to support arts and culture in the region.”
Supporting the arts
Although the festival’s programme is still under wraps, we can give you a sneaky peek and tell you that we’re sponsoring the Festival Chamber Orchestra’s concert in Kent College, Canterbury, conducted by Stephen Barlow.
Our managing director Mark Scutchings said: “As a company we are always keen on supporting the arts locally and in addition to sponsoring the Festival Chamber Orchestra we are corporate sponsors of Canterbury Festival. In the past we have also supported Deal Music and Arts, Canterbury Music Club and St Edmund’s Summer Music Festival in Canterbury.
“The arts have really suffered during the pandemic and need our support more than ever.”
Last year we sponsored a series of concerts by pianist Joanna MacGregor, marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth when the festival went ahead in between lockdowns, with social distancing and masks.
Organising this year’s festival has had its challenges as well.
“We’ve not received as many applications to stage events and there are very few new shows around,” said Amanda. “Normally we like to include old favourites and new performers in our programme and usually go to the Edinburgh Festival to see what new acts there are.
But we didn’t get to Edinburgh last year and won’t be going this year. We can’t book international acts because of travel restrictions and rules on quarantine so it really has been very challenging for us.
“However, it does mean that we will be having more home-grown talent performing for us which is great. We have some fantastic talks booked and one-woman shows and we will be offering a well balance festival.”