Lincoln festival hits funding target

A new arts festival for Lincoln that needed to raise money in order to run has successfully secured enough funding to hit its goal.

Lincoln Inspired, which will take place between May 7-13 next year, raised £1,000 in a month, using fundraising website Crowdfunder.

The festival will host events centred around words — ranging from art, comedy, conversation, books, theatre, music and performance.

In exactly a month, 36 people pledged the money needed for the festival, which will be used to organise a programme of events to be held at venues across the city.

So far, events include sessions with authors and a panel to celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who.

Sara Bullimore, Lincoln Inspired chairman, said: “It’s just amazing and it proves that if people work together we can achieve so much.

“We may try [Crowdfunder] again in the new year but we are still working hard to find sponsorship and individual donations to help pay for staging festival events.”

In addition to crowdfunder, the group behind the festival have also run a quiz, an open mic session and pledge days to raise money.

In the new year, another quiz and pledge day is scheduled for January 19 in Lincoln Drill Hall.

The event has sponsorship from Ultimate Print and Twisted by Design, while Waterstone’s is the official bookseller.

Patrons include like David Almond, Karen Maitland, Margaret Dickinson, Simon Scarrow, Paul Money, Elly Griffiths, Georgia Twynham, Joel Stickley, Elliott Morris, and Peter Kerr.

For updates on the event, visit the website or sign up to the newsletter at hello@lincolninspired.co.uk.