Curious Arts Festival has announced a three-year partnership with local music charity Coda Music Trust, supporting the charity until 2019.
Coda Music Trust is an award-winning, innovative charity, based on the Dorset/Hampshire border, which uses music as a tool for personal and social change, often tackling issues of social deprivation, isolation, ill-health and disability.
Curious, which returns to the New Forest, at Pylewell Park, for a 4th year from 21-23 July, is an eclectic boutique festival now firmly on the culturally-minded festival-goer’s calendar given its creative programming spanning music, literature, comedy and thought-provoking inspirational events.
The line-up includes music, comedy, literature and a packed children’s programme, with music headliners Tom Odell and Izzy Bizu, literary headliners Dave Eggers, Lemn Sissay and Joanna Trollope and comedy from Ed Byrne, Simon Evans and Paul Tonkinson among others.
After meeting with Coda Music Trust, the festival organisers were impressed with the breadth and quality of the charity’s work in the local community and committed to supporting Coda with an investment of £5,000 over three years.
As part of the programming for children and families at the festival, Coda will be delivering a ‘Curious About Songwriting’ workshop and a Kid’s Ukulele Club.
“As Curious puts down roots with our fourth year in Hampshire, we are delighted to support this wonderful local charity,” commented Rory Steel, director of Curious Arts Festival. “We were impressed by the quality of the work Coda delivers locally and its determination to reach some of the most vulnerable people in the community. We are excited about building on this partnership in coming years. Please do consider making a contribution to this great cause if you’re attending the festival.”
Phil Hallett, CEO of Coda Music Trust, said, “We are absolutely delighted that Curious Arts Festival has chosen to support us in this way. We are particularly excited about developing this partnership further and look forward to working closely with Curious over the coming months and years.”
Curious Arts Festival is the first corporate organisation to commit to Coda’s recently launched fundraising campaign “Coda In The Community” with its investment of £5,000, which will be match-funded by the Arts Council, effectively doubling the contribution.