After the success of the first Alrewas Canal & Music Festival in 2011, many people asked whether we would stage another in 2012. One of the key reasons the 2011 Canal Festival was such a success was the help we received from the fantastic team of volunteers that stage the renowned Alrewas Arts Festival which runs every other year but and we didn’t want to clash with that or the long established Alrewas Show so we decided that Canal & Music Festival Mark II should be in 2013.
As a year, 2012 was remarkable in many ways – The Olympics, The Queens Jubilee and, in July 2012 – of huge importance to our waterways – the transformation of British Waterways into what is now one of the UK’s largest charities - The Canal & River Trust (CRT) - In 2013, we hope to feature the work of CRT.
The format for 2013 will build on that of 2011: In addition to Open Mic music featuring musicians from Staffordshire, we aim to feature a mixture of music genres that will appeal to most music fans and this year that will include canal folk music – more on that as the programme develops. The bar in the main marquee will feature real ales from Burton Bridge Brewery at competitive prices.
The charitable aim is to raise money to support the repair of the Bailey Bridges that link the village with a variety of popular walks but we will also share proceeds with any groups that help to run supporting activities.