Crowdfunding campaign launched for Lincoln arts festival

Organisers of the Lincoln Inspired Festival have gone online in a bid to boost fundraising for the event.

The festival, which saw its first event take place in 2013, celebrates literature, performance and art in iconic Lincoln locations.

After scheduling a much anticipated second edition for May 2014, the festival will be using Crowdfunder to encourage individual online donations.

The project target is £1,000. Money raised will support a children, schools and young people’s element of the festival.

Its Crowdfunding page, is now live and will be running until the deadline of November 29.

Pledgers donating £5 or more can be eligible for a special reward, with larger donations being awarded prizes such as massages, tickets and CDs.

Lincoln Inspired, which has set a £14,000 overall target, has named November as ‘fundraising month’.

Festival Director Sara Bullimore said: “This year we decided to focus Crowdfunder on a specific part of the festival.

“We still need to carry on with all our other fundraising to make sure we can put on all the fantastic events we want to.

“We also need to make sure we hit our £1,000 online target as we only get our money if we do. If we don’t the money is returned to those who have pledged.”

The campaign has already raised over £300 of the £1,000 budget so far and has benefitted from projects such as the Big Birthday Bash.

The gig on November 1 at Lincoln Drill Hall, featuring guitarist Elliot Morris and folk duo David Gibb and Elly Lucas, saw £165 raised.

Other events planned include a talk by Lincolnshire astronomer Paul Money at The Collection on Sunday November 17 and a quiz night at Cafe Portico in The Terrace on Wednesday December 4.

The festival team is also working hard with local business and organisations to boost donations and sponsorship.

Information about how to get involved in the fundraising, how to make a donation or how to buy tickets for fundraising events is available at the festival website,

Watch the highlights of the 2013 Lincoln Inspired Festival below: