Bid to revive Leamington Peace Festival - The Leamington Observer

Bid to revive Leamington Peace Festival

LEAMINGTON Peace Festival could make a return.

The long-running festival was last held in 2019, but for various reasons including the pandemic, has not taken place since.

But a feasibility meeting is taking place later this month with the aim of reviving the once popular free festival, which had established itself as a fixture of the town’s calendar since 1979, taking place in the Pump Room Gardens over a summer weekend.

People keen to see its return are being urged to attend the meeting taking place at St Patrick’s Irish Club, off Adelaide Road, on Tuesday January 30, from 8pm.

A spokesperson said: “It is a precious event owned by the community and many people would love to see it back in whatever form that might be.

“The Peace Festival is unique, starting from small beginnings in 1979. This free festival is organised by volunteers bringing access to all to enjoy and be inspired by music, children’s entertainment and stalls from local and national organisations working for the good of the town, the district and the world.”

It is hoped the meeting will provide the spark to revive the event which promotes has always promoted peace and understanding.

The spokesperson continued: “We’re looking for new volunteers and committee members but we’d also welcome input and ideas from people who’d rather not commit their time.

“Past, present and future festival-goers, performers and participants are welcome to attend. We need your ideas to shape the future of this great event.”

The festival regularly featured a wide-range of entertainment, from music to circus skills, together with Peace Talks, focused on social, political and environmental issues, as well as addressing matters of health and wellbeing.

And there were stalls – which helped finance the festival, selling clothes and crafts together with vegetarian food.

Anyone unable to attend but who would like to share ideas, or offer to help,

can email [email protected]


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