Who would have thought that when we held the first Shanty Festival back in 2006 that we would now be deep in preparation for our fourteenth festival? During this period the festival has grown year on year, attracting much needed custom to the Harwich area at the end of the season. The people of Harwich and its many businesses have taken the festival to their hearts and the Harwich International Shanty Festival is now firmly established as part of the annual Harwich calendar.


Harwich International Shanty Festival is very definitely a Community Festival, rather than a commercial festival and as a not for profit organisation we have some nerve tingling moments when the accounts are totalled at the end of each year. Sometimes we make a modest profit, which is immediately put towards the following festival, sometimes, sadly, we don’t.


It is a disappointing fact that those of us who rely on grants, fundraising and sponsorship are finding it ever more difficult to attract funding to put on an event such as ours.

So please do consider how you might help. Every pound really does matter. To become a Sponsor or Friend of the Festival  please Contact Us for further information.


Alternatively, could you give us a donation?