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Preparations are now well under way for Lichfield’s Fuse 2012 event. The three day festival of music, entertainment, and arts runs from July 6 to 8 in Beacon Park. And with the Olympics in mind, the theme for this year is Rhythm, Rings, Sticks and Strings.
Audience and performers at Fuse. Pic: Robert Yardley Photography, Lichfield
The Fuse Festival is a popular free event, attracting thousands of people each year, and providing arts workshops, free music, and family activities from many local people and international bands. The event runs with the help of volunteers across the board, from the planning committee to anyone willing to give up a few hours over the weekend. The Festival is looking out for help from the following groups:
  • Creative/artistic people: Any creative/artistic people who want to contribute or participate in Fuse by creating site art & tent decoration, art installations, run workshops etc would be very welcome.
  • Young people: We are always keen to involve young people in Fuse in as many ways as possible.
  • Operational help: We also need volunteers to help run the festival over the weekend; help with site set-up, general stewards, bar staff, people to man the information desk, stage crew and help with festival break-down.
As well as needing volunteers, the festival also needs financial support to provide the quality of acts and events that it has had in the past. With this in mind, a new scheme has been launched to allow people to become a Friend of Fuse. For a minimum donation of £50 participants will receive:
  • A VIP parking pass enabling them to park adjacent to the Fuse site during the festival
  • An invitation for themselves and a guest to a special reception event
  • A quality photograph taken of them and their guests at Fuse
To become a Friend of Fuse contact Lichfield Arts on 01543 262223 or e-mail Fuse Festival Spokesman Tim Perks said: “Following last year’s success, we want to build on the impact and the work that Fuse does, both in the local community, and in the actual festival itself. “It is a lot of work, but the end result is hugely rewarding. It offers opportunities to the local community to be involved in a life changing event, it offers opportunities to local bands and musicians to perform on a professional stage, while also giving entertainment to the thousands of people who visit the festival.” For more information visit or keep up to date with events at and