Photograph of past Causley festival

Artist, Kurt Jackson delivers a reading at Causley Festival of Arts and Literature, 2019 (Photo: Rose Bonner)

Local arts charity and limited company, the Charles Causley Trust, is pleading for public support to save their annual festival after a loss of funding due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Charles Causley Trust, a Launcestonbased charity was set up to enhance the arts industry and nurture a creative hub locally, nationally and internationally, whilst also preserving the legacy of the late Cornish poet, Charles Causley.

The trust creates a myriad of opportunities for writers and communities, such as writer residencies, competitions, publications, festivals and events; inviting people from all ages and backgrounds to connect with the arts in some way.  

Rose Bonner, trustee of The Causley Trust said: “The work that the trust does is truly inspiring and dynamic, and has become a commodity for rural Cornwall’s arts scene.” 

The biggest event of the year for the Trust is the Causley Festival of Arts and Literature which has, over the years, burgeoned into an eclectic, vibrant programme of events that has seen flocks of people migrate to the town of Launceston every Summer.  

In normal times the festival is a chance to celebrate the growing creative and cultural sector through various events; from poetry workshops and art galleries, to theatrical performances and music gigs. The festival hosts an array of talented makers, creative thinkers and performers, and is an inclusive space for everyone to enjoy. 

The 21-year-old trustee went on to talk about the impact that the trust has had on people’s lives: “To me, the trust brings so much joy to people, whilst making art across the arena accessible for all. If organisations like the Causley Trust can be emulated in every location, I believe we could make the world a much better, diverse and inclusive space”.  

In 2020, following the UK being hit with the COVID pandemic, the Causley Festival had to adapt and put on a digital show. This resulted in the festival missing out on a large portion of funding from bar sales and ticket revenue; pockets of money that funded the following festival.  

Fast-forward to this year and the festival is in its early planning stages with limited funds. A crowdfunder has been set up with the hope of saving this year’s festival. Currently at £585, the Causley Festival is yet to meet their goal of £7500, but with the publics support their annual festival could well be saved, and people can look forward to enjoying the showcasing of zestful artistic talent in Summer 2021.