Help fund a Shakespeare-inspired market to support local start-ups! Foster Portsmouth's creativity & celebrate Shakespeare the entrepreneur!
It's the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death on 23 April 2016, and Much Ado About Portsmouth (MAAP) is co-ordinating festival events and activities in the week of 18-23 April to mark this milestone. MAAP is a not-for-profit organization, run on a volunteer basis and so far funded entirely through donations and fundraising activities.
Shakespeare was one of the great entrepreneurs of his day (think about his part in the business side of theatre), and Elizabethan and Stuart theatre was intimately connected with trade and commerce, so we feel that it's as important to celebrate Shakespeare by supporting creativity in business as it is to celebrate his theatrical accomplishments.
One thing we would love to be able to organize for the festival is a Shakespeare-inspired market, with a particular emphasis on fostering start-ups from among the creative community that we have here in the city. We know that to make that happen we need to keep pitch costs as low as possible, and preferably free to those with the best plans for producing and selling Shakespeare-inspired goods.
For this to be possible, we need to cover the rental costs for Portsmouth's Guildhall Square (central and with good footfall), public liability insurance, security and extras like electricity.
We don’t want this to be any old Tudor market: we want it to be the most interesting and creative one around, and not only draw people to our wonderful city, but also help those within Portsmouth who have flair but small finances to get started. We can’t do that without help.
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