Strawberry Fair Update February 2016

Planning for Strawberry Fair 2016 is progressing.

Applications for traders are very much open. The traders team could always use a few more people to respond to applications, especially in the next couple of months, so if you have any free time and would like to help out please get in touch on the usual email (iwanttohelp@strawberry-fair.org.uk). Traders can apply for a pitch via the form on our website http://strawberry-fair.org.uk/pages/apply/

The site plan for 2016 has been drafted. The stall lines have been redesigned to bring back more of a ‘market’ feel to the traders areas, as they have been a lot more spread out in the past couple of years. The always popular Kidz Area is going to be a bit bigger with more on the sides to try and cut down the lines for the bigger activities. There will also be a few more points of entertainment, although the feeling is that we have crammed as much onto Midsummer Common as we feasibly can. On a more techy note our Site and Infrastructure Manager has been looking at how our we generate power on site and has designed an entirely new power grid that ends our reliance on lots of small generators and that will be cheaper and greener than in the last few years.

Planning for the Parade has started. If you don’t know, the Parade goes through the centre of Cambridge before it arrives on Midsummer Common to mark the formal start of Strawberry Fair. The Parade is always colourful, always inventive and always creative. If that sounds like you then you should definitely get involved in making things for the Parade. Email iwanttohelp@strawberry-fair.co.uk for more information on how to get involved.

Eastern Bloco Area is planning something very special for the Fair and they are looking for volunteers in March and April (and May too but hope to have a lot done by then) to help with making things like wind turbines and solar stuff pedal power. It sounds like a great opportunity for any budding engineers, tinkerers and bike enthusiasts to get involved in making something special. I am told that they could also put the skills of any  knitters, weavers and sewers to very good use. As usual please email iwanttohelp@strawberry-fair.co.uk for more information.

Strawberry Fair has a long standing relationship with Cambridge 105. They not only have a stage at the Fair, they also broadcast on the day and at the Band Competition and help the Fair in so many ways. Cambridge 105 has organised The Mill Road Record Fair for Saturday 9th April from 11.00am and all proceeds will go to Cambridge 105 and Strawberry Fair. Please come along, browse and maybe even but a record or two.

Strawberry Fair also makes a regular appearance on Rebel Arts Radio, on Cambridge 105, on their last show of each month. From February Rebel Arts Radio is moving from a Monday night slot to a Sunday night and Strawberry Fair will be joining them on the last Sunday in March, the 27th where you can hear all the latest news on the Fair.

Strawberry Fair has been talking to Cambridge TV and there will be more news on this in the coming months but I can tell you that various members of the Committee will be appearing on Cambridge TV talking about the Fair. Edna Productions and Cambridge TV are hosting a benefit gig for the Fair, which will be televised in the weeks after the gig. They would like to feature acts that have performed at Strawberry Fair so if you have performed at the Fair and would like your band to be part of this event please contact enquiries@cambridgetv.org.uk with links to your bands website, Facebook page, or music site, making sure you title your email Sunday Sessions Strawberry Fair Benefit.

Strawberry Sundae

Strawberry Sundae is a whole day of music and entertainment in the Portland Arms and we have just over two months left to pull it together. Would you like to be part of planning and running a daylong event that will feature an open mic, an auction of promises, workshops, dressing up, a full gig and much more? Why not come along to our planning meeting on 2nd March or email iwanttohelp@strawberry-fair.org.uk for more information.