Frances Leate of the Colchester Daily Gazette ran the exclusive story this morning but if you’ve not yet picked up on it, the ‘Colchester deserves a FREE outdoor music and arts festival’ Facebook campaign created by Keep Colchester Cool on 18th December 2009 has been a success.

Colchester! a week of grassroots celebration and events  will take  place throughout the town from Monday 13th through to Saturday 18th September 2010.

Colchester Free Festival 2010 is a one day music and arts festival from 11am to 7pm in Castle Park on Saturday 18th September and forms the finale of Colchester!

Colchester! (Colchester Free Festival 2010) is brought to you by Keep Colchester Cool and Slack Space Colchester and will be organised by the community for the community. Taking on the ethos of the original festivals, Colchester Free Festival 2010 will be the people’s festival.

Keep Colchester Cool and Slack Space Colchester, are asking members of the Colchester community to help in their efforts to raise at least £7,000 for funding of this event.

Speaking about the fundraising drive, Ben Howard of Keep Colchester Cool said: “We want the festival to be a landmark event in Colchester’s vibrant music and arts calendar, and we know that many others feel the same way”.

Abby Cheverst of Slack Space added “Although we are asking for money in what are tough times for many, if each of the 1,500 people who are members of the Colchester deserves a FREE outdoor Music & Arts Festival Facebook Group donated just £5, we would reach our target.”

To donate, to sponsor, to support, to volunteer please email

The Colchester Free Festival 2010 website launches on Friday 23rd April.