By Sinead McKeever
Stendhal has taken to the seas with it’s latest venture in promoting the festival. In order to reach as far and wide as possible we have turned to one of the oldest methods of communication possible – a message in a bottle.
A number of specially marked bottles have been placed around the coastline of Northern Ireland with messages inside offering those who find them free tickets to the event if they get involved with Stendhal online social media content (simply tag Stendhal in a picture with the winner holding the bottle and like the official Facebook page.)
We did this for the first time in 2012 and decided it was time to dust off some bottles again and put out some free tickets around the beaches along the North Coast.
Last time we did this it was great fun with 10 people winning free tickets to the festival.
We are always looking to explore exciting and fun ways to engage with people, to get people on board with the Stendhal syndrome and spread the word about the festival 🙂
One of the most important aspects of Stendhal Festival is the strong community developed over the years, of local artists, musicians, jokers, dreamers, knitters and everyone else.
Stendhal aims to be inclusive as possible and to reach and to invite as many people to join the Stendhal community as possible. One way to do this is to encourage people to interact with the festival throughout the year.
Blending new forms of communication such as social media with one of the oldest forms such as message in a bottle is just one of the ways we are attempting to interact with people and spread the word about the festival.
So keep your eyes peeled between now and the 11th of August if you’re out sunbathing, going for a walk or bbq-ing on the beach – you might just spot a message in a bottle that could lead to one of the best weekends of your life! Good Luck 🙂