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The Contemporary Craft Festival

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Absolute handled our PR for 5 years and provided us with robust, creative, and detailed support. Our needs are about getting large amounts of people to our event every year and our visitor figures have continued to rise. Absolute give a consistently professional and focused service and that is a vital part of keeping the public aware of our activities.

Sarah James

Director of The Contemporary Craft Festival

The Process


Promote event and drive footfall


Media relations


National and regional consumer


2008 – 2013

The Challenge

The Festival is a three-day celebration of contemporary craft, showcasing the UK’s most innovative and exciting designers. Absolute was retained to raise the profile of the event and drive ticket sales and footfall.

Our Solution

We developed a proactive media relations campaign targeting national consumer media and SW regional media. Features on artisan makers were secured, alongside coverage in the What’s On and News pages of the monthly glossies. Engaging with bloggers was key and we created a campaign of reader offers.  Absolute was also responsible for making the most of media partnerships and managing media at the festival.

What We Achieved

We generated significant levels of coverage with an estimated annual readership of 3,259,878 (and that’s excluding online viewers!). We repeatedly secured coverage in our regional and national consumer media targets, with ticket sales increasing each year. The event now attracts 10,000 visitors and is respected as the South West’s leading craft event.

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