Much-loved Sheffield festival’s future is uncertain due to funding cuts

The organisers behind the free Peace in The Park festival have less than a month to save this years celebrations

Sunday, 15th March 2020, 7:48 pm
Updated Sunday, 15th March 2020, 8:26 pm
Kinder Kalsi, Volunteer and Community Coordinator for Peace in The Park festival

The annual not-for-profit festival, which takes place on the Ponderosa, is a hub for community spirit and family fun.

The team is made up entirely of volunteers, who use their spare time to put on this Sheffield staple.

However, this year is plagued with uncertainty due to cuts in grant funding, which the festival relies on to keep their celebrations free for all attendees.

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The organisers say their team “has been fundraising like crazy” to save this year’s festival. The team has less than a month to review their future in a final meeting on April 6.

Kinder Kalsi, Volunteer and Community Coordinator for the festival said: “I have been part of Peace in The Park for ten years, and I love that it’s a free festival which is not only an arts and music festival, but one that promotes and gives opportunities for people to take action for peace.

“We give festivalgoers the chance to make a difference to our world through our music, stalls and environmental area.

“We are all volunteers, I would be so disappointed if the festival could not happen. We all put so much of our time in to bring it all together for the community to enjoy.”

The festival had to be canceled in 2013 due to lack of funds, and organisers say they do not want to have to disappoint the people of Sheffield again.

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