Revive Festival brings local & international communities together

Two acrobats hanging from a pyramid structure at the Revive festival

Crowds flocked to Gainsborough Town Centre to soak up the sun and enjoy the first ever Revive Festival.

The day was packed with a fantastic line up of entertainers both from abroad and at home on Saturday 17 June, offering something for everyone to enjoy.

The event was organised by West Lindsey District Council in collaboration with the SO Festival in Skegness and Mablethorpe. It was a huge success and was full of music, dancing and laughter, making it impossible to miss as you passed by.

Chairman of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr Stephen Bunney, attended the event and saw first-hand how important the festival was important to residents.

He said: “It’s been great seeing everyone out and about enjoying the entertainment in our green spaces and the marketplace. This and other outdoor activities across the district are important for everyone. We’re lucky the weather held off for a great event that was enjoyed by all.”

Cllr Bunney thanked everyone for supporting the event including performers, stall holders, food and drink businesses and everyone who joined in the festivities. They were key to success of the day.

The festival saw four international performers from France, Germany and Spain featuring group acrobatics, live music, dance, street theatre and a fabulous stunt duet.

There was also a community stage which showcased some of the best local talent from Gainsborough which featured Rock Choir, Georgie Hanson and more.

Bringing the community together

Local resident Rita Frost experienced the event with her granddaughter and said: “It’s been very a nice event. I’ve come here to watch my granddaughter dancing. It’s about time we got more in the marketplace.”

Singer-songwriter Lizzie Goddard praised the community aspect of the festival. She said: “The festival has been really good and the atmosphere has been lovely. It’s great to see so many people here supporting acts.

Nikita Conway, a local resident was thrilled to see the use of Eslwitha Green near the riverside. She said: “It’s been really good to see people coming together. It was so available to people, but more advertising would definitely go a long way. Overall, it’s been so good and a great utilisation of Elswitha Green too.”

Alison Robins, another local resident who moved to the nearby area six months ago, enjoyed the event and said: “We’ve moved to this area in December. West Lindsey do so much, it’s incredible. The event has been absolutely amazing, and I can’t thank you enough. To come here and find the things you do, we feel involved.”

The Revive Festival was made possible by funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, and support from Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture, Gainsborough Town Council and The ACIS Group.

Your feedback matters!

Your feedback is vital to be able to bring more fantastic events like this to Gainsborough. As this was our first event, we are keen to hear your thoughts on the festival. Your names will be put into a prize draw where you could win one of the following:

  • 1st prize £100 high street vouchers
  • 2nd & 3rd prize 1 x family ticket to the Trinity Arts Centre Pantomime, Jack and The Beanstalk

To access the survey click on the link below.

Revive audience survey

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