About the festival

By Philippa Sankey

The CMP Festival is community based, run on a shoestring and entirely dependent on our amazing supporters and loyal members of the local business community. The 2010 festival took place in two of our most beautiful city centre churches, St Nicholas, Dyke Road and Saint Michael's and All Angels, Victoria Road.  Click here for the 2010 festival highlights and to see the full brochure.

We ran our first CMP Festival in July 2007 [click here to see the last three brochures] , inspired in part by the chance find of a 60s’ Argus article about five authors who were next door neighbours in Montpelier Villas, one of whom, Francis King who was still writing fifty years on: the literary part of the festival was born. We are delighted that three years later, Francis King, who has just published his fiftieth book, aged eighty seven, is returning to this year’s festival.

 ‘A tour de force’  . . . ‘a terrific festival again – with a stunning finale’ were some of the tributes paid to our third Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival which last year attracted record sponsorship, audiences and feedback. You can see some of last year’s festival reviews on the centre pages of CMPCAnews 17. Once again it was a real community enterprise involving hundreds of volunteers: performers, sponsors, organisers, stewards and festival-goers.

Support The Sussex Beacon's Garden Gadabout! The first CMP Festival was timed to coincide with The Sussex Beacon's Garden Gadabout when for the first time local gardens opened in the Clifton Montpelier Powis Trail. Since then the CMP Trail has raised around £5000 for the Beacon. In 2010 we had a record nine gardens opening over the weekends of 26/27 June and 3/4 July, for details click here.  

This page was added on 19/05/2010.

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