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01.08.03
Objective One backs Dehwelans 2004

A second Cornish 'homecoming' festival – to take place in 2004 – has the backing of Objective One.

The first Dehwelans festival took place at Pendennis Castle in Falmouth in May 2002 and attracted hundreds of people from around the world for a three-day celebration of Cornish heritage and culture.

Plans are now in full swing to develop Dehwelans into a significant event in the Cornish calendar.

Ian Dunn, chairman of the Dehwelans steering group, explained that there are around 6 million people worldwide with Cornish ancestry.

He said: "Many of these people are still extremely interested and passionate about their heritage and in the future of their homeland. The first Dehwelans event in Cornwall encouraged hundreds of people from around the globe and was an enormous success. We anticipate that Dehwelans 2004 will attract many more local, national and international visitors next year."

Dehwelans 2004 will take place between 28th April and 3rd May 2004 and a project officer for the festival – Charlotte Chadwick – has just been appointed.

Ian added: "Newquay plays proud host as the base for the festival but festival activity will spread far and wide across the whole of Cornwall."

Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership, said: "One of the priorities of the Objective One programme is to deliver economic and employment benefits based on the distinctive nature of Cornwall. Dehwelans 2004 will contribute directly to these aims. Not only will it help enhance understanding and appreciation of Cornish culture, it will do it in a way that is also economically beneficial."

She added: "There is a niche tourist market for this kind of event, both in terms of the actual additional visitors it will bring to Cornwall and in terms of the boost that the publicity generated will give Cornwall's economy and its national and international profile."

Objective One will invest £95,000 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in a £205,000 project to develop the Dehwelans 2004 festival. It is estimated that the campaign will generate at least £400,000 in gross additional sales for the Cornish economy.

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Editor's notes:

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF):

ERDF is one of our four funds that make up the Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, which is making £314 million of investment available for developing the local economy between 2000 and 2006. ERDF exists to:

Help reduce the gap between development levels and living standards among the regions and the extent to which least-favoured regions are lagging behind.
Help redress the main regional imbalances in the European Community by participating in the development and structural adjustment of regions whose development is lagging behind, and the social conversion of regions.

For further information contact:

Charlotte Chadwick
Dehwelans Project Director
01209 212070

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Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
jason@dclark.co.uk

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