Festivals director appointed for Worcester

July 26 2019
Festivals director appointed for Worcester

Severn Arts has appointed a director to develop and deliver four new annual festivals for Worcester.

Earlier this year the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport awarded £3 million from the Cultural Development Fund, which is administered by Arts Council England, towards the costs of the ambitious £4.5 million initiative known as The Arches - Worcester.

The new festivals director post will be funded from that investment.

David Edmunds, appointed festivals director, has spent more than two decades working in the cultural and creative industries.

He founded Dep Arts, a North of England independent production company, and spent over a decade producing and directing work there.

The company toured, programmed and commissioned work in a variety of art forms.

Before Dep Arts, Mr Edmunds worked for some of the UK’s leading cultural organisations including The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Lowry, and has served on numerous arts boards during his career.

He is also a founding member of the Guild of Media Arts in York.

“I’m delighted to have been appointed as the new festivals director for The Arches – Worcester,” he said.

“It feels like a really exciting time for Worcester in terms of culture and I have been struck by the level of ambition shown by all those I’ve encountered so far.

“I’m looking forward to working with the sector within the city in tandem with bringing the very best work from all over the world to Worcester.

“It's going to be an exciting couple of years and, hopefully, the start of Worcester becoming synonymous with the word festival.”

Peter Knott, area director for Arts Council England, said: “We’d like to welcome David Edmunds at The Arches.

“His wealth of experience across the arts and culture sector promises for some great festivals in the future.

“This is a transformative time for Worcester, as the Cultural Development Fund helps to build on the creativity that’s at the centre of the city’s future development.

“We are proud to support David and the city as The Arches project gets under way.”

The first festival, a Festival of Light, will be staged in early 2020 and will see a series of light-based installations put up around the city. Further details will be announced later in the year. 

Mr Edmunds and his team will be based in The Arches - Worcester when the refurbishment is complete.

As well as delivering four major Worcester festivals, the team will support the organisers of smaller scale community festivals.

Photo caption: Festivals director: David Edmunds.