Your chance to run the annual ‘Continental Shifts’ festivities

Press Release: 01/03/2010

Your chance to run the annual ‘Continental Shifts’ festivities

Winchester City Council is looking for an imaginative and energetic project manager to co-ordinate a four week programme of early evening activities and events on Fridays in Winchester City Centre.

Continental Shifts is a shared initiative between Winchester City Council and the Winchester Business Improvement District, designed to create a buzz in the centre of the town at what is usually a quiet time at the end of the working day. The idea is to help local trade by tempting people to stay in town with their friends and family to enjoy the free early evening entertainment.

Last year’s events saw local workers and residents relaxing with live music, street theatre, and dance acts. This year the City Council wants a project manager to arrange more entertainment, and to also add in more aspects to promote local food and drink.

Cllr George Beckett, Leader of Winchester City Council, said: “We are keen to boost the early evening economy in Winchester. This initiative met with real enthusiasm when we arranged evening activities last year. It not only benefits our catering establishments and those traders who choose to stay open for a few extra hours, but it also creates a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere for local residents to spend time in the City with their family and friends.”

Eloise Appleby, Head of Economic and Cultural Services at Winchester City Council, is keen to appoint an inspired project manager. She said: “We are looking for a programmer who can work largely on their own initiative and keep us well informed of progress. We want them to involve plenty of interesting performers, as well as working closely with local partner organizations to deliver a really special summer of entertainment. We need to have arrangements for the evening activities in place well in advance, and we are all keen to see something new and different.”

Keith Wilson of Winchester BID added: “It is critical that we take advantage of this important opportunity to increase trade during the crossover period between the daytime and evening economy. The goal is to do so by injecting an extra bit of fun into the streets of Winchester, encouraging those eager to return home after work to spend a while soaking up the atmosphere and a range of entertaining performances.”

To bid for the position, read through the full brief at www.winchester.gov.uk/continentalshifts and submit a short tender by Friday 26th March. Email tenders to kcrawford@winchester.gov.uk or call 01962 848 563 fo find out more.