FESTIVAL organisers have received a cash injection.
Kirklees Council’s Cabinet voted yesterday to spend thousands on community events this year.
Holmfirth Festival of Folk, Marsden Jazz Festival and Slaithwaite Moonraking are among the events which will benefit.
Cabinet member for corporate services Clr Andrew Palfreeman welcomed the funding.
He said: “I think it’s a sign of a very vibrant authority that we have so many events planned right across the borough.”
Seven community events will receive funding for three years.
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival will get £5,000 in 2008/09 and the same amount again in 2009/10 and 2010/11 - as will Slaithwaite Moonraking, the fire festival Imbolc and Huddersfield Literature Festival.
Cleckheaton Folk Festival will get £10,000 in each of the three years, Holmfirth Festival of Folk will receive £2,000 a year and Marsden Jazz Festival will get £7,500 in each year.
Clr Palfreeman believes this will give the events extra security.
He said: “The fact that each group knows what they are going to get over the next three years means they won’t have to lobby for funding every 12 months.”
Nine other events will be funded in 2008/09 before the spending is reviewed.
Fire in the Sky at Greenhead Park will receive £15,000 this year, as will Dewsbury on Sea, Carnival for Life in Batley and the Bounce n’ Bump Festival in Heckmondwike.
Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival will get £10,000 this year while The People’s Party in Greenhead Park is in line for £5,500.
Castle Hill Lights and Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival will each receive £5,000.
From Beijing to Dewsbury - a one-off event to celebrate the Olympics - will get £20,000.