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“Virtual” Lymm Festival beats COVID-19 lockdown

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COVID-19 forced the cancellation of this year’s Lymm Festival – but it did not put a complete stop to the event.

Modern technology enabled several events to be put on during the 11-day period the festival would normally have taken place – and they can still be seen on the Lymm Festival website, www.lymmfestival.org.uk
Festival organisers are delighted with the “lockdown” events.
One organiser, Keith Hallsall said: “One of the most enjoyable aspects of our online festival was that we were able to engage more fully with local artists and musicians.
“We had a fantastic response from the community enabling us to feature two online galleries of artwork and host 10 lunchtime concerts featuring music made in lockdown by local music makers.”

Local group Eddie and the Eagles, made up of regular players on the Lymm “open mic” circuit performed while socially distancing in a garage.
Festival chairman Ian Marks said: “Using social media, UTube and Lymm Community Radio we managed in a very short time put on a number of events.
“We have been able to reach a different cross-section of the public from normal, which is really good. We will be using some of what we have learned when it comes to promoting and putting on next year’s festival. The excellent musical, art, craft and foodfest events and the poem-of-the-day readings from various spots in Lymm on the theme of ‘rejoicing in nature’ were very well received.
Anyone interested in getting involved in helping to organise the festival in future should email chair@lymmfestival.org.uk – particularly those with expertise in social media and IT.

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