ROSA Productions has been appointed as the curator of Grantham’s Gravity Fields Festival 2016, despite its managing director Rosemary Richards having previously ruled herself out.
The company which specialises in festivals, outdoor events and media projects, delivered the first two Gravity Fields festivals in 2012 and 2014 which were fantastically successful. Last year’s event attracted 60,000 people to the range of events, shows and exhibitions.
For 2016 Rosemary will be working on the programme of events with Dr Harry Cliff, science communicator at London’s Science Museum and researcher in particle physics at Cambridge and CERN.
The event is organised by South Kesteven District Council, and the authority’s Leader, Coub Bob Adams said: “We are very pleased to be building on the success of the 2012 and 2014 Festivals, for which Rosemary and her production team were Festival Director, working alongside the council.
“Rosemary and her colleagues will now be concentrating on curating the scientific and artistic content of what has become a great event. For 2016 the council will be handling the administration and organisational work of the festival.”
The announcement follows an earlier decision by Ms Richards to pull out of the appointment process, when she contacted Gravity Fields Festival Steering Group members citing delays in decision making as the reason. However despite originally withdrawing her interest from the new role, Ms Richards says she is excited to be on board.
She said: “We are very pleased to have been invited by the council to curate the 2016 Festival particularly as we have put so much energy into the programme in previous years, and have so many great ideas for 2016.
“As a company we have a very busy schedule of high profile events and media work both in Lincolnshire and across the country so we had some concerns about how the proposed festival planning would fit with our other work.
“But following further discussions we are very pleased to be able to confirm our partnership on next year’s festival and look forward to a wonderful event in Grantham and South Kesteven in 2016 working closely with our many partners in the area.”