Stendhal wants YOUR vote for the UK Festival awards

Stendhal Festival of Art is flying the flag for the island as the only nomination in this year’s UK Festival awards.

The Limavady-based event has been nominated for The UK’s Best Small Festival; The UK’s Best Family Festival, The UK’s Best Grass Roots Festival and is also up for Best Toilets at a UK Festival.

Voting is open until October 31 and if you would like to see this home grown music and arts festival represented amongst the best music festivals in the UK you can vote now at

Having been named the Best Small Festival in Ireland for the past three years at the Irish Festival Awards, Ross Parkhill, event director, says that he and the team behind Stendhal are delighted to be in running for these latest accolades.

“We’re obviously thrilled to just be in the conversation,” he said. “We’ve always stayed true to what we believe makes a festival a festival and it has clearly resonated with people to the point that we are now being nominated for awards not just in Irish circles, but UK wide too.

“There are so many top quality festivals all over the UK so to just be mentioned in the same sentence as some of them is a fantastic complement to us.

Asked if he thought that Stendhal could win in any of the categories, Ross said: “Well it’s a public vote so you never know. It would be fantastic to win at a UK level. It would be great for our event, great for our town and the wider North West, so I hope that people will go and give us their vote and bring some good news to the area.

“If not though, as I’ve said, we’re delighted to be in both the Irish and UK conversation when it comes to best festivals.”

Looking forward, Ross also confirmed that the team have set a date for the 2017 event and added that it would be announced soon.

“We are working way on making Stendhal even better for 2017,” he said. “We enjoyed what was unquestionably our most successful event in terms of footfall and line-up last year and we are really going all out to build on that and really push the boat out again next summer.”

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