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Fancy getting paid to bring a good idea to life?

Rochdale Borough Festival of Ideas launches next year and its organisers are on the look-out for people who want to be part of it.

Applicants are invited to apply for up to £4,000 help bring their idea to life at the festival.

The major new six-day festival will be staged in March next year, accompanying the official re-opening of Rochdale Town Hall.

Whether it’s a workshop, a pop-up, intervention, mural, digital installation, event, a performance or an activity – festival organiser Rochdale Borough Council is encouraging people to think outside the box, consider collaborations and be creative.

You could be a community group, artist, business, coop, S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) collective, sports group, tech start-up, or another organisation with a great idea.

Between five and eight ideas will then be chosen for the ‘Everyday Innovation’ programme part of the event, delivered in partnership with The Culture Co-op, Rochdale borough’s Creative People and Places Programme, funded by Arts Council England.

Rochdale Borough Festival of Ideas runs from Monday 4 to Saturday, March 9, promising a showcase of creativity, innovation and performance around the themes of imagine, create, discover.

Councillor Janet Emsley said:  “This new festival will provide a platform for curious minds to explore, so we’re looking for ideas which would enhance people’s day, or even transform a public space.

“If you think your Idea fits the bill, we’d love to hear from you and can provide the funding to make it happen. Whether it’s a cul-de-sac you want to close and transform for the day,  a specific bus route you want to create a piece of travelling artwork for; or a grey wall you walk past every day; a reservoir or canal you have a vision for, whatever it is, get in touch.”

The line-up will be announced in the new year but expect visual arts, music, electrifying live performances, thought-provoking talks, interactive installations and lots more, as originality and imagination is celebrated.

Taking inspiration from the borough’s rich heritage whilst remaining future focused, there will be a blend of hands-on and digital programming and many events will be free to attend. The festival will provide a platform for curious minds to explore and discover, with a family programme running throughout.

Deadline for submissions is 5pm on Wednesday, December 20 with winning ideas revealed in January.


Helen Greaney
Helen Greaney
I'm a journalist with more than 18 years' experience on local, regional and national newspapers, as well as PR and digital marketing. Crime and the courts is my specialist area but I'm also keen to hear your stories concerning Manchester and the greater North West region.
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