ArtReach is a long established cultural development agency and Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation that works across the UK and internationally from a base in Leicester. The ArtReach mission is “to make great art possible and accessible”.
ArtReach created Night of Festivals in 2010 as a free access, culturally diverse event that has a focus to “celebrate the values of freedom and democracy through artistic innovation”. It achieved London 2012 Festival status during the UK Olympiad and has been presented with different content in Nottingham, Leicester, Boston (UK), Lincoln, Barking, Hounslow, Slough and London. Each event includes new commissions from local, national and international artists and a range of opportunities for local community participation. In 2017 Night of Festivals South Asia in Leicester marked the 70th Anniversary of independence for India and Pakistan.
Night of Festivals has been funded by Arts Council England, the European Union (including through Creative Europe), various Local Authorities and corporate sponsors, Inspire Hounslow, Heathrow Community Fund, the Joyce Carr Doughty Trust and BIG Lottery. The project is devised and curated by David Hill (Artistic Director) and produced by the ArtReach team led by Executive Producer Wissam Khodur.
Night of Festivals Hounslow (NOFH) is an annual event that will continue to build from the great success of our previous yearly instalments of the festival (2015,2016 and 2017), involving hundreds of Hounslow children and young people in creative participation, and reaching Hounslow audiences of thousands. We are now in a position to seek to make this an ongoing annual event, with an opportunity to increase and widen that rich local engagement to benefit even more disadvantaged young people from across the Borough. We want to consolidate and enhance the event and build an even stronger sense of Hounslow focus within the Festival programme.
ArtReach chose Hounslow as a base for Night of Festivals because it is an important borough close to one of the world’s most iconic transit points – Heathrow Airport, as well as having a rich communal fabric.
After assessing that Hounslow could benefit from more high quality cultural activities, we decided to make NOFH a staple in the local arts calendar.