The response to EWEfest has been incredible. I was at Wonderwool Wales a couple of weeks ago, and was inundated with questions about, well everything about EWEfest. There has been such a fabulous welcome, but many prospective vendors had already planned their year before EWEfest stands were available, so they were asking to be included in the 2019 festival.
I then met up with the team at the V&A who were truly excited about the event and we are now working together to collaborate and offer participatory opportunities. Workshops can be held in the V&A itself, leaving even more space in Slessor Gardens. However, they cannot do anything this year as they will not have opened by EWEfest time!
I was then approached by a major media company who want to come on board and darling Erika Knight has offered support in any way she can. Rowan are also pleased to continue with their support, seems once it was public knowledge that they were sponsoring us, they were inundated with requests to work with other events, but they are only working with us! Thank you wonderful friends in Gorgeous Yorkshire, I may even bring chocolates when I come down later this year.
I am attracting many queries from local artisans who are only just hearing about EWEfest. The Open Studios in North Fife was a treasure chest of extremely talented artists, and gave me the opportunity to pass out information, but I hadn’t realised that Angus no longer does Open Studios. If you know of anyone local (or worldwide!) who you think would like to exhibit, please tell them to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
So, to offer the very best Scottish Wool Festival possible, we have made the really difficult decision to postpone till 2019. Thankfully, the Dundee City Centre Management team are right behind this decision as is the event company and the PR company. I just want to thank them for their professionalism and support, so proud we have such an amazingly talented crew in and around Dundee, and excited to be working with them.
The change in date is because we want to bring the very best to both visitors and exhibitors. We can offer so much more next year. It’s only May, but Christmas is already being promoted in some quarters, so EWEfest 2019 will come around in no time at all!