Among those events and venues not chosen for the Cultural Recovery Fund last week was the wonderful, quirky little Sea Change Festival in Totnes, Devon.

Sea Change is now in a perilous position and has had to cancel the event for 2021. A crowdfunder is now up, to help it survive and there are a host of special rewards for contributors.

Sea Change Festival is a truly independent event, which has flourished, until now, without corporate financial backing. In April this year, after seven months of planning and investment, organisers were forced to cancel due to Covid-19. This has left the festival financially parlous and with liabilities to several of its valued and longstanding partners, all independent businesses or freelancers.

Help the crowdfunder

To cover these debts and give the festival an opportunity of running into the future, Sea Change applied for £92,362 from the government’s recovery fund. However they were unsuccessful. As a result there will be no physical Sea Change Festival in 2021. The festival is asking for help from its audience and needs to raise £25,000.

The Sea Change Cultural Recovery Crowdfunder is up-and-running here
All contributors will be entered into a series of regular prize draws to win special items from artists and labels, including artwork, special releases, rare editions, test pressings. Everybody who contributes will be recognised separately too.

Now in its fifth year, Sea Change Festival is now based entirely in Devon’s 1200-acre Dartington Hall Estate, finding its way into beautiful green spaces, the 700 year-old Great Hall and William Lescaze’s twin Modernist masterpieces, Foxhole Gymnasium and High Cross House.

Founded by Totnes’s Drift Record Shop, Sea Change’s music choices are exciting, surprising and always sound; but it also reaches into other disciplines. In recent years, Sea Change has played host to the likes of Damo Suzuki, Aldous Harding, Shirley Collins, The Comet is Coming, Black Midi, Peggy Seeger, Andrew Weatherall, Gruff Rhys, Lubomyr Melnyk, The Orielles and Gwenno.

Everybody who has purchased a ticket for the 2020 event and would like a refund is most welcome to one. Alternatively, anybody that might consider gifting their ticket price will be given a massive cheer.
Refunds on all ticket purchases are available from point of purchase but you will need to request this action. As part of our fundraising initiatives, we can offer that your ticket purchase be kept by Sea Change as a donation. Any tickets that have not been requested for refund by Tuesday 1 December 2020 will be processed as a donation. will contact all of its Sea Change ticket holders via email.

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