The organiser of the 21st International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival has signed up to move the event to Harrogate next year in a move the Yorkshire spa town believes will be worth over £1m to local businesses.
The three-week spectacle will come to Yorkshire in 2014, with an option to extend the deal.
Simon Kent, Director of Harrogate International Centre (HIC) and The Royal Hall (pictured), said: “It’s hard to overstate just how fantastic this announcement is, not just for Harrogate but for the whole district.
“We will be welcoming visitors from as far away as America and Australia, so it’s fantastic we are able to offer them venues such as Harrogate Theatre and the recently-renovated Royal Hall, the perfect setting for Gilbert & Sullivan’s lavish operas.”
In a joint statement, Wallace Sampson, Chief Executive of Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) and Councillor Anthony Alton said: “The bringing to Harrogate of this world renowned festival has been a Team Harrogate effort involving local businesses as well as the council and the sales team at HIC. Everyone has worked hard to bring the festival here. This is exactly the type of joint effort that will be critical to the future success of Visit Harrogate, the district’s new destination management organisation.”
Ian Smith, who organises the entire festival from his home in Halifax, was in Harrogate’s Sun Pavilion on 19 June to sign the contract bringing the festival to Harrogate 2-28 August 2014.
He said: “Back in 1992 my first choice venue for the Festival was Harrogate.
“Harrogate has many three- and four-star hotels offering a much wider choice and selection than most towns of comparable size and a highly efficient Accommodation Bureau which pulls together 40 major Guest Houses in the town. The timing in 1992 was not right; today we think it is.”
Smith added: “Perhaps the most significant ‘add value’ reason for moving our festival to Harrogate next year is the fact that the Council, the theatres, the hotels and the local Tourist Boards have shown their enthusiasm and desire to have us and they have put together a package that means we can hold our prices and potentially offer even more value for money to our supporters.”
Smith said he had “dipped a toe” into Harrogate last year when he brought his other project, Classic Fest to the town, and one which he now intends to double in length to 12 days in 2013.
The 2014 Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, Smith said, would include fringe performances as well as major productions in Harrogate Theatre and the Royal Hall.
Do you have news for CN? Email: email@example.com
20 June 13
ICC Birmingham signs three year deal with the BOA
The International Convention Centre Birmingham has secured a three year deal with the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) following a successful bid from the ICC and... ...read more
ACC Liverpool to host Oracle User Group for the first time
ACC Liverpool has won its bid to host the UK Oracle User Group, the largest Oracle conference in the UK, for the first... ...read more
Ednam House Hotel acquired by Guyzance Hall Group
Ednam House in Kelso, on the Scottish borders, has been purchased by Guyzance Hall, for an undisclosed... ...read more
Order of the Bath Awards judged at Bailbrook
The latest region to inaugurate industry awards for recognition of achievement is Bath and 17 events industry experts went to Bailbrook House last week to judge the... ...read more
Excel to welcome Angelina Jolie for global summit on sexual violence
Excel London is set to host the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, 10-13 June 2014, which will see Foreign Secretary William Hague co-chair the summit with... ...read more