Ideas wanted for name of river festival and activities
Date: 18/05/2012. Story submitted by: ChrisSavage
A community organisation is asking local residents and businesses to name, and propose activities for, a river festival taking place along the river Don in September.
The river festival is only at the initial planning stages and is being organised by a number of groups with interests in the river.
Representatives from, amongst others, the Environment Agency, the Blue Loop, the River Stewardship Company, and the Shalesmoor, Kelham Island and Neepsend Network (SKINN) attended an open meeting at The Riverside public house, Mowbray Street, on May 8.
After the event, SKINN representative, Ivan Rabodzeenko, used the popular micro-blogging service, Twitter, to ask: “What name would you call a festival on the river from Ball Street Bridge to the Victoria Quays with a varied programme of events?”
This question provoked a number of responses. Adam Park, a Sheffield architect, said: “Downstream, river jamboree, Gone on’t Don, Don-vivial, and river expo!”
Joe Dreimann, a Sheffield software engineer, said: “Kneedeep, Riverlution, DonFest, Floodlines, and Overflow.”
SKINN are also asking local residents to propose activities for the river festival. Ivan said: “We’d like to celebrate what these areas have to offer to everyone in Sheffield.
"If you live or work in the local area, please contact us with your ideas. There’s only one caveat, activities have to be able to show a positive impact after the festival is gone.”
When the pocket park on Nursery Street is completed in the summer, it will connect a stretch of public spaces lining the river from Kelham Island through the Wicker to the Victoria Quays.
Initial plans are to hold the river festival in late August or early September.
Do you have a name for the river festival? Can you think of any suitable activities?
Connect with SKINN on Twitter using the link below, or email SKINN at firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep checking the Postcode Gazette for up to date news on the progress of the river festival.
Address: Sheffield South Yorkshire S3 8GF
Tags: River, Festival, Kelham, Wicker, Victoria Quays, Sheffield, SKINN, Don
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