We’ve had some really excellent feedback on this year’s Imagine Watford festival. Hundreds of people have commented about how ‘magical’ Watford felt, how proud they feel of our town and just how much they enjoyed it. This is really reassuring as it’s exactly why, together with the Palace Theatre, we have put it on for the past four years.
The visitor survey data shows that this year’s festival reached an audience of 92,811 people, compared with 88,532 last year and 49,902 audience members the year before. So it’s an upward trend, that I hope will keep on rising as the word gets out that this really is a great event that it is worth putting in the diary.
Indeed, the data shows that that 73% of people had attended the festival before and 72% rated the performances as ‘excellent’ and a further 24% rated them as ‘good’.
This year’s festival was the first of our ‘Big Events’, which consisted of live performances from a variety of internationally acclaimed acts, from The Spurting Man – a performer who spurted water from all over his body – to Le Voyage des Aquareves, a ghostly ship that sailed through The Parade at night – which made it onto the critics choice list in the Financial Times.
Do try and get involved with our Big Events, the next ones are the Big Dance on 12th July, the Big Family Sports Day on 19th July then it’s classic movies and family favourites on the Big Screen at the end of July and start of August. All details can be found at watfordbigevents.co.uk.
Behind all of the theatrics and the fun events we have planned for the rest of the year, lies our solid determination to keep our high street thriving and not let it suffer the fate that some have elsewhere in the country.