TWO vitally-important elements of Arundel Festival, one accomplished long before the event gets under way and the other carried out every day of the ten-day celebrations in August, often go unnoticed by visitors.
The first, of course, is the festival brochure which lists all the entertainment and activities taking place and helps everyone to check out beforehand which ones they would like to attend, and also makes sure they get to the right venue at the right time.
Putting it all together is a mammoth task, but it’s one which this year Debbie Kennedy has handled calmly and efficiently for the second time.
It isn’t simply a case of building up listings – she has to diligently sort everything into appropriate categories and colourcode them so that it’s easy for people to find their way round the pages of the brochure as well as the festival itself. And, just as importantly, it has to look good!
The brochure is the first thing most people see as festival-time approaches, so it must reflect the originality, creativity and passion of such a flagship event.
“It’s an honour to be asked to do the festival brochure and it’s also a pleasure to be working with a great team of people,” said Debbie, whose website, www.norobotshere.com states ‘I think geek, but I speak human’.
“Among the team are the lovely Alice Gilmour who does the maps and Phoebe Kirk who did the hand-drawn brochure cover and the poster for the fundraiser.
“The person I couldn’t do without is ‘Aunty Barb’ who deals with all the sponsors and advertisers – she is a marvel.
“It’s a very big job putting everything together, working under pressure, but everyone has a smile on their face. Feeding into that, you have the various groups which are sending you information on their activities, so you meet lots of great people through that.
“This year’s brochure is very different as we have introduced a pull-out centre section listing all the events and activities chronologically, which I think is a very nice idea.”
Someone who will be making full use of the brochure once the festival starts is photographer Scott Younger, whose involvement began last year, but is now on a much more organised basis for 2014.
Having covered a vast variety of events in 2013, he realised it was impossible for one person to be everywhere at a festival on such a scale, so this time he has arranged for a dedicated team of enthusiastic young photographers to help him out.
Scott, originally from New Zealand, moved to Madehurst in 2011 after spending 40 years travelling all over the world.
“I took photos wherever I was and that eventually developed into something serious because I found I enjoyed it and it got me into interesting situations,” Scott said.
“During the mid-1980s I worked for International News and found it more interesting than business systems – it was what I wanted to do.
“I’d retired when I was 53, but once I’d moved to this area I decided to re-open my computer company, doing websites for local firms, and I started doing more photography again. I was asked if I could do photos for the Arundel.org website and got more and more involved, then I ended up volunteering to do photos of the festival – I took 7,500 pics of it last year!
“It’s impossible to do everything yourself, for one person to be everywhere and photograph everything during the festival, so this year I have formed a team of 12.
“I’ve lined up all the events and various elements, asked members of the team which they would like to cover and matched them up.
“They can also do any of the street stuff they like.
“They will feed me their best photos and we can decide which ones to use.
“It will also create an archive for the future – it’s quite exciting to think that in 100 years’ time, people could be looking at our images of the festival.
“Although the team will be doing a lot of the festival events, I am going to photograph the bathtub race myself, from a boat, and the Shakespeare in the Collector Earl’s Garden at the castle.
“I love getting out and about at the events and the other thing I love is that I get the best seat in the house!”
n The Arundel Festival brochures are now widely available at shops all over Arundel.