7th April 2010

Vote for Festival at the Edge to win National Award

Vote for Festival at the Edge to win National Award

Festival at the Edge, a unique storytelling event in Much Wenlock, has made it through to the finals of a new national award, after being nominated by Shropshire Tourism. Visit England has joined forces with The Sun Newspaper to launch a national vote for its new ‘Where Else But England’ Award.

The 19th Festival at the Edge takes place this year from 16th – 18th July, bringing newly-commissioned storytelling performances to the setting of Stokes Barn, Much Wenlock. The festival attracts an eclectic mix of artists from around the globe, so there is always a choice of something on offer - the best international storytellers in performance, music, comedy and related arts, to practical workshops, story rounds and informal music sessions to join in. 

After regional heats across England, a shortlist of 18 finalists; two from each of the country’s nine regions, has been drawn up, showcasing some very novel competitors. Festival at the Edge joins the likes of a Nettle Eating Contest in Dorset, a Stilton Cheese Rolling event through to The World’s Biggest Liar Championship in Cumbria.

Claire Jones, Senior Marketing Officer at Shropshire Tourism said “People have until 16th April to vote for Festival at the Edge. A public vote has now gone live on www.thesun.co.uk supported by www.enjoyengland.com/whereelse asking people to vote on their favourite quirky events and eccentric experiences that are unique to England. It would be brilliant publicity for the Festival and for Shropshire if they were to win, so I would encourage everyone to get voting and wish them the very best of luck.”

Visit England chairman Lady Cobham said: “The final line-up highlights some of the most unique events and experiences from around the country, which are, most importantly, lots of fun with something to entice all individuals. We hope the nation not only gets voting but also gets involved in these great experiences throughout the year.”

The Enjoy England for Excellence 2010 Awards will take place in Brighton on St George's Day on 23rd April where the most popular finalist will be crowned with the ‘Where else but England?' title. 

For further information on Festival at the Edge visit www.festivalattheedge.org

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