The new Splash Festival - 7-16 September 2012 at various locations around Falmouth

PUBLISHED: 14:36 03 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:49 20 February 2013

Richard Wilcox, Splash 2012 Festival organiser

Richard Wilcox, Splash 2012 Festival organiser

The new Splash 2012 Festival launches this month. Cornwall Life speaks to is organiser Richard Wilcox


The new Splash 2012 Festival launches this month. Cornwall Life speaks to is organiser Richard Wilcox

Name and role within the Splash 2012 Festival?
Richard Wilcox, Falmouth Business Improvement District (BID) Manager and Splash 2012 Festival organiser.

Dates of Festival and where it is being held?
It runs from 7-16 September 2012 at various locations around Falmouth.

How did the idea come about for setting it up?
Falmouth BID continually looks for innovative ways to drive the town forward, raise its profile and help support its businesses. Falmouth is now such a design hub with many creative agencies here, the popular Falmouth Art Gallery and of course University College Falmouth. My focus therefore turned to an event that would highlight and celebrate its creative spirit.

How long has it taken to organise?
Around six months. I pulled together a small steering group earlier this year to work with me on co-ordinating the various, exciting elements.

What is there for the visitor to see?
There is plenty of really creative, quirky and original stuff. Highlights include Splash Book Fest, which will see the likes of former Childrens Laureate Michael Morpurgo, Michael Foreman and bestselling author Katie Fforde headlining, while Trail showcases six of the South Wests leading artists who we have commissioned to create a trail of light and sound installations across the town.


I love exploring the tonnes of great rock pools with my children that are a stones throw away from where we live.

Splash Performances welcomes Edinburgh Fringe award winners Allotment to Gyllyngdune Gardens, a play by Oscar Wilde will be performed at The Poly, while Scary Little Girls will be walking around the streets with a theatrical and original twist. Splash Film will see several critically-acclaimed independent films screened in The Poly, while the highlight of the Splash Exhibitions element will be a British Surrealists exhibition in Falmouth Art Gallery.

What is the favourite part of your job?

In my role as BID Manager, it is seeing good ideas become a reality. Private sector-led BIDs (over 120 across the UK) enable projects to be delivered in the main, quickly and effectively. In our case, two good examples would be delivering the towns new website: falmouth.co.uk and instigating a free car parking month in February this year to help support my businesses in such challenging times.

What is your least favourite part of your job?

Dealing with bureaucracy and cant doers that prevent Falmouth from achieving even more.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love exploring the tonnes of great rock pools with my children that are (excuse the pun!) a stones throw away from where we live, as well as running along the Coast Path.

Where is your favourite part of Cornwall and why?
South Cornwall is my favourite. Exploring the myriad of creeks, rivers and inlets on a little punt with my family is real Swallows and Amazons stuff! I also love camping down on the Lizard for that edge of the world feeling.

For further event information visit:falmouth.co.uk

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