Cheltenham Paint Festival cancelled for 2023

Since announcing the cancellation, art fans have been rallying for Cheltenham Paint Festival by creating a crowdfunding page, with hopes to raise enough money to save the much-loved event.

By Zoe Gater  |  Published
Fans and organisers are currently trying to raise £15,000 to save the popular festival.

A highlight in many people's events calendars, Cheltenham's iconic Paint Festival has been cancelled for 2023.

Director, Andy Dice Davies, sadly announced that they are nowhere near their funding target this year, due to some of their usual sponsors choosing other projects to support.

This event would've been the festival's sixth year running, seeing street artists from around the world gathering in the town and creating masterful works of art at various locations such as the Honeybourne Line bridges and tunnels, as well as the North Place car park – with approximately 60 spots to enjoy. 

But all might not be lost, just yet – since news circulated, supporters have been rallying for the festival to go ahead by creating a crowdfunder for £15,000; and on social media, organisers have revealed that the council has also been in touch regarding funding.

Davies said: 'I'm truly moved by the support and disappointment felt by so many after yesterday's announcement.

'One fan has even set up a GoFundMe to raise the necessary money to ensure the festival takes place! I would absolutely move mountains if the will of the people was so great that the necessary funds were raised.

'Despite lining up our biggest walls yet, having some incredible artists lined up and with no Upfest or Bring the Paint, I was looking forward to being the biggest in the country this year.'

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