ORGANISERS of a major new photography festival at Harrogate Convention Centre have announced industry giants Olympus as headline sponsors of the event.
Photo North, which launches at the North Yorkshire venue on November 9, has the backing of one of the biggest players in the camera industry after Olympus confirmed it would sponsor the three-day show.
Festival co-founder, Peter Dench said: “To have the backing of an organisation like Olympus is a fantastic endorsement of what we’re trying to achieve with the first Photo North Festival.
“Olympus will have a stand at the show where visitors will have an opportunity to try out the latest equipment and have their questions answered by the experts.
“This major international name is another great reason to visit Photo North and we know visitors will be enthralled by the great range of exhibitors at our first show.”
Olympus marketing manager, Georgina Pavelin added: “The founders of Photo North Festival, Peter Dench and Sharon Price clearly have a passion and a vision and one that Olympus are proud to be a part of and support over the coming years.”
The Festival is aimed at anyone interested in photography and will feature book and zine stalls, photo walks around Harrogate, portrait salons, workshops, free portfolio reviews, screenings and exhibitions.
Highlights include workshops with photographers from world-renowned news agency Reuters and an exhibition of never-seen-before First World War centenary images, brought to the festival in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum.
The show will also feature exhibitions and films highlighting the plight of the homeless and marginalised, including a documentary made by the group Sleaford Mods as they toured some of the most deprived areas of the UK.
Brian Dobson, Head of Sales and Events at Harrogate Convention Centre, said: “Hosting and nurturing new events such as Photo North is just one of the things we have a strong track record of in Harrogate.
“We were more than happy, as a venue, to sponsor the event ourselves so it’s brilliant news that a global name like Olympus has also thrown its weight behind the show.
“This is a going to be another fantastic arts festival for Harrogate and North Yorkshire and we’re looking forward to watching it grow over the coming years.”
Photo North Festival takes place over November 9, 10 and 11 at Harrogate Convention Centre.
For more information and to buy tickets, go to www.photonorthfestival.co.uk
For information on the venue, including parking, go to www.harrogateconventioncentre....