For those who are not familiar with the term "Festival" here is the definition given by the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
Masonic Provinces organise fundraising appeals known as a Festival. A Festival generally lasts for five years.
Each year, four Provinces launch a new Festival appeal to help fund our work.
Festival appeals are a vital source of funding and generate the majority of donations made to the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF).
During the five year appeal, fundraising events and activities take place that make a significant contribution to our income. We are extremely grateful to everyone who supports us.
The Festival also provides an opportunity to increase the awareness of the work the Foundation undertakes and the support it provides to Freemasons and their families, as well as other charities.
If you want to know what other festivals are under way then check out the MCF Festivals pages.
It is common for the festival to suffixed with the year in which it will end. The Provincial Grand Lodge of Devonshire start their new Festival in January 2018 and it will finish in 2023, hence being called Festival 2023.
To run a festival for 5 years takes a lot of organising and invariably means an assortment of committees to keep things moving along. There is a core committee who are responsible for the whole festival and they have to manage the various sub-committees.
A lot can happen in 5 years so we also have Festival Friends who are volunteers that can help in the more specialised work or manual tasks that fund raising generates. You can find out more about our Festival Friends opportunities by following this link - Festival Friends.