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Ruth Archer 'Folk Club Forum' at Sidmouth Festival (76* d) RE: 'Folk Club Forum' at Sidmouth Festival 21 Jul 11

Rude and insenstive? Why? As I explained earlier, the festival has overheads. The event is priced just as any workshop or participative event.

As far as "properly managed" festivals sharing costs across events, we already run a substantial number of free events for the good visitors to Sidmouth to enjoy. Try matching this year's free programme of concerts and ceilidhs in the Anchor gardens on an event-by-event basis and see if you'd get much change out of 10k. If we made free or reduced the cost of every event which some people felt entitled to attend without paying (or by paying a peppercorn amount), the festival would be bankrupt. End of.

The event is being run because there was a perceived desire for it, to which we responded. It is a programmed event, it has overheads, there is a charge. If this is not to your taste, I would reiterate the fact that this is one event at one festival. The whole point of the new folk club network is to create various opportunities for forums around the country. You may find one of those more to your liking. Or start your own, and hire a venue, get insurance, staffing, bring in guests...and don't charge anyone to attend. There is no one stopping you doing exactly that, and I don't really understand why anyone would be affronted by such a suggestion.

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