Bardic Chair Northampton has been awarded £5,000 from Northamptonshire Community Foundation through the Compton Fund.
Bardic Chair Northampton host an annual Bardic Picnic in Beckets Park, a free, open access event celebrating poetry and the spoken word, encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to attend and celebrate this art form.
The funding will enable the festival to continue running and will support a series of 'Open Mic' events across Northamptonshire leading up to the Bardic Picnic to encourage participation in the event.
Jimtom James, Chair of Bardic Chair Northampton said:"The grant is a real boon to the furthering of our Bardic Picnic, enabling us to have full technical and infrastructurefounding to re-establish an open, public, major event for Northampton after we had to depart Delapre Abbey. From the Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s funding, we are able to outreach and increase the reach of a Community festival which has been established, to develop the notion of Spoken Word as a forum for Arts, Music, Crafts and the involvement of Northamptonshire folk. We hope for a fun, entertaining and educative event, free at point of delivery, in the gloriously central spot of Beckets Park, on 5th August 2018!"