Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival

Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival organisers are urging the local community to get involved with the development of this year’s landmark celebrations. Community workshops are planned so residents and businesses can find out more about the event and contribute their ideas to the planning process.

2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the Ironbridge Gorge being designated as one of the UK’s first World Heritage Sites. As part of the celebrations to mark this important anniversary the Ironbridge Gorge Museum is working in partnership with Telford & Wrekin Council to raise awareness of the site’s worldwide importance and its value to all. In 2011 they will be working with the local community and specialist groups to develop a range of projects and activities, which showcase the uniqueness of the area and its historical legacy.

The World Heritage Festival, to be held on Saturday, 24th September, will be the highlight of the celebrations and will build on previous and very popular festivals to produce a spectacular event, which will create lasting memories for years to come. From street entertainers to fine food stalls, from locally produced goods to exhibitions and from all-the-fun-of-the-fair to a fantastic firework display – the Festival is an ideal opportunity for people to come together and enjoy an amazing event in a truly unique landscape.

Two community workshops are being held to kick-start community involvement – one for residents of The Gorge on Wednesday, 15th June and one for businesses on Thursday, 16th June. The workshops are open to all local residents and businesses and are an opportunity to hear about the plans for the festival, contribute suggestions and raise any issues they might have. The workshops will take place in The Glass Classroom (adjacent to Enginuity) in Coalbrookdale from 6pm until 8pm.

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