Polperro Festival was born out of a discussion back in 1995 between a group of like-minded folk considering how best to attract visitors to the village during a week that was known to be quiet.
Inspired by Jonathan Couch’s description of traditional festivities that had once taken place in Polperro as well as a visit to a similar event in France, they dreamed up ideas for the first Polperro Festival of Arts, Music and Drama which took place from Thursday 20th June to Sunday 30th June 1996.
Businesses got behind the idea, providing funding by advertising in the souvenir programme and offering sponsorship. Pubs and restaurants put on their own musical entertainment and hosted art and photography exhibitions. The village hall was used for all ticketed entertainment including drama and music. Big Green was the venue for a Carnival Day and Olde Worlde Fayre.
Workshops, processions, a solstice bonfire and a Mock Mayor-Making ceremony, with the “chosen one” taking a tour of the pubs to sample ale and ultimately “Meeting the Tide”, were all part of the occasion.
These themes have endured over the years only being adapted by the different characters who have played a role on the organising committee.
Why not put the date in your diary now and if you want to make sure not to miss a thing and that you have somewhere to rest your head after each day’s entertainment visit www.lovepolperro.com to find accommodation.
We’re excited and we hope you are too – look forward to seeing you!