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ISLAND FESTIVAL ORGANISERS GET ARTS COUNCIL FUNDING

The small team of Island volunteers that act as the creative force behind the Mondomix Festival are celebrating this week, having received further funding from Arts Council England through the parent organisation The World Village Project.

The Mondomix Festival of New Empowering Music, which focuses on bringing to the Island a diverse range of world influenced music, is proving to be an attractive event for both Island residents and an increasing number of mainland music lovers and tourists.

A spokesperson for the project has said:

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“When making decisions about funding the Arts Council are not only concerned about the artistic quality of a festival’s music and musicians but also the event’s impact on the region in which it is located.

“With over 50% of the increased number of tickets sold last year being bought by non Island residents we were able to evidence both a widening engagement with the Island’s population and crucially that the festival was making a growing contribution to the Isle of Wight’s attractiveness as a tourist destination. We found many of the people who bought tickets in 2016 were already on the Island as holiday makers. They told us that the small size of the festival, its friendly atmosphere and its location at Calbourne Water Mill all combined to make the Mondomix an attractive and affordable holiday activity as part of their stay”.

This year’s successful funding bid means the Mondomix will remain at the beautiful setting of  Calbourne Water Mill for the foreseeable future and the dedicated group of voluntary organisers can concentrate on bringing exciting high quality world music to the Island on a regular basis.

The event takes place on 2/3/4th June 2017. For more information visit  www.mondomix.uk.

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