WHAT IS IT?
ROTW is a registered charity, organised by volunteers with the following objectives:
- To provide an opportunity for people to engage in community activity.
- To provide a bridge of common interest and meaningful interchange between different age, race, ability and economic groups in the community.
- To provide a stimulus to the arts in the region.
- To provide an outlet for the energies of young people.
- To educate.
- To promote North Hertfordshire, raising the national profile of the region as a cultural and commercial centre.
1) To provide an opportunity for people to engage in community activity.
- Exciting and challenging project-based activity with equal access to all.
- The festival committee is open to all interested in getting involved. It is made up of local volunteers of diverse ages and backgrounds.
Community groups involved in ROTW
- Performers: 700 people.
- Volunteers: 250 people.
- Committee: 30 people.
Samuel Lucas, Wilshere Dacre, St Christopher (Letchworth), Highover JMI, Samuel Lucas JMI, Woolgrove, Our Lady's RC Primary, St Andrew's JMI, Highbury Infants, Purwell Primary, Whitehill Junior, Hitchin Boys, Hitchin Girls.
Churches and other organisations
St Mary's, Quakers, Hitchin Christian Centre, Church of God, Christchurch.
Community Ravidassia Multi-cultural Community Centre, Letchworth Buddhist Centre, Friends of the Earth, Letchworth Majorettes, Knebworth Clog Dancers, Visions 2000 (Afro-Caribbean), Live Circuit, Rotary Club, Club 85.
- 57 companies (all but one local or within the music industry).
- Funders: North Hertfordshire District Council, Hitchin Youth Trust, Performing Right Society.
2) To provide a bridge of common interest and meaningful interchange between different age, race, ability and economic groups in the community.
The festival involves a broad cross-section of the community in organising and participating in the event. See list of contributors above.
3) To provide a stimulus to the arts in the region.
- To provide the stimulus of a professionally organised event with a large audience:
- To give focus and support for new creative developments.
- To provide a cultural showcase.
- To provide exhibition space for artists. Banners and stage backdrops are prominent canvases with a huge viewing public.
4) To provide an outlet for the energies of young people.
The youth stage has an age ceiling of 24, and young people feature prominently in the overall programme.
Hundreds of local primary and secondary school children benefit from the Community Art Projects
5) To educate:
- A free event in public space, ROTW aims to remove all the thresholds from experiencing something new.
- To provide the opportunity for people to experience high quality live music and art of different cultures, in a tolerant and inclusive environment.
- To provide the opportunity for people to broaden their experience and skills by learning from professionals in the team and improving their CV and employment prospects.
- Inspiration and influence from new forms.
- To provide work experience for students.
6) To raise the national profile of the area as a cultural and commercial centre.
ROTW and the Hitchin Festival draw visitors into the town and help to establish the historic Town Centre, with its interesting retail mix, as a tourist and regional destination.
Whilst many businesses experience an increase in trade over the weekend, we believe there is also a year-round increase in visitor numbers because of the “Hitchin promotion” effect of the festival.