Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Spudfest officially launched

Spudfest, the new music and culture festival in Co Down, has been officially launched in connection with the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.

Spudfest runs from August 12-16 and all money raised will go to the charity.

There’s something for everyone with music every night in Lisbarnett House, Lisbane, plus set dancing, history tours and archive film footage in Comber.

Speaking at the launch, festival director Andrew Cooper explained the link with the charity: “There is a long history of music and culture in Comber and the surrounding areas and Spudfest was devised to keep that alive.

“It’s a chance to have a laugh and get your toes tapping and we’ve already sold tickets to people from Belfast, Enniskillen and further afield such as Donegal. Peter Topping, the youth programme manager for the charity, and I have been friends for many years and my business, Renewable Energies provided the solar panels for Narnia, the charity’s residential centre in Newcastle.

“All the money raised by the NI Cancer Fund For Children, stays in Northern Ireland, helping local children and their families so when Spudfest started to come together, it made sense that the money raised from a festival about local culture and heritage, helped a local charity.”

Check out www.spudfestni.co.uk or 028 9048 6067 for information and tickets.

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