Popular word festival prevails through closures

Crawley WORDfest was more popular than ever this year despite the closure of two venues.

Children and adults were treated to 15 events during the annual festival of words which ran from March 16 to 28.

WORDfest organiser Jo Harrison said the closure of event venues Waterstones, in County Mall, and Cupcake Genie, off The Boulevard, did not affect the festival.

She said: “We had fewer resources this year and yet the atmosphere and enthusiasm from everyone has been better than ever.

“We’ve had great audiences, some events are more niche and so have been more discussion-based and others have been completely packed, a really great mix.”

Not only are the organisers planning to hold the festival again next year, but they are putting on some of the most popular events, throughout this year.

Jo said: “We’re starting with our regular Open Mic Night on Sunday April 28 at The Portuguese Café and we’re joining forces with Giraffe Mag to also have a regular comedy night.

“Our main aim is to reach more people in the community. We’d love to hear what kind of things people would like to see during WORDfest 2014.”

To find out more visit www.wordfest.org or email info@wordfestcrawley.org