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North Suffolk's Favourite Festival

About Halesworth Arts Festival

About Halesworth Arts Festival

The Halesworth Arts Festival originated 18 years ago.

Now a major force in the arts in North Suffolk, it attracts capacity crowds every October, who come for the chance to see top quality artists in small, intimate surroundings.

The HAF is a non profit making charity, relying on the generosity of many local businesses and individuals essential to help fund an event of this nature. Unlike many other Festivals, it receives no Arts Council, Lottery or other central Government help.

The Festival is proud to have as Patrons: Bernard Hill, Maggi Hambling, Diana Quick, Kenneth Sillito and Julia Blackburn

The HAF is run by entirely voluntary people, both on the organising committee and at the venues.

Matthew Wetmore - Director Matthew Wetmore Festival Director Originally worked in the music industry and subsequently devised and produced business presentations. Moved to Suffolk 25 years ago. After 23 years running the delicatessen in the town, he now spends many hours sourcing the best artists and projects for the Festival. Has been HAF director for the last 16 years.
Hazel Allchin - Contracts Manager Hazel Allchin Contracts Manager Works tirelessly on contracts for all the Festival artists. Now retired, Hazel is the archivist for the Halesworth Community Choir.
Jane Parsons - Sponsorship and
                    Box office Jane Parsons Box Office Manager Twenty-five years administrator at a music college; concert agent; manager of an introduction agency; enthusiastic belly-dancer.
Fionna Turner -
                    SecretaryFionna Turner HAF Secretary Lived in Germany for 25 years where she managed a travel and insurance agency. For several years Fionna ran the local amateur dramatic group, but is now happily retired and loves living in Suffolk.
Cara Wetmore Cara Wetmore HAF Sponsorship Ran the delicatessen in Halesworth with Matthew and now keeps a sharp ear out for new and upcoming artists for future HAF events.