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Raworths praised for its continuing support of Harrogate’s arts sector

Harrogate International Festivals has praised law firm Raworths for its continued support of the arts in the town.

Thanks to the Station Parade solicitors, this year’s annual literature festival, which bears its name, is going ahead in a digital format.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis event organisers, Harrogate International Festivals, has been unable to deliver any of its public events – including its international music festival and annual 1940s Day – which attract thousands of people to the town.

However, thanks to the law firm’s support, Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, featuring bestselling authors, politicians and satirists, is proceeding online.

Beginning on Friday, October 23, the three-day celebration of books and their authors will be available to a worldwide audience to view, free of charge.

Harrogate International Festivals Chief Executive Sharon Canavar said: “As the arts goes digital, we are extremely grateful to Raworths for their continued support. They have been, and continue to be, a fantastic supporter of the arts.

“For the last ten years they have given their name to this wonderful annual festival, which is rightly regarded as one of the country’s premier literature events.

“Coronavirus has hit the arts, charities and performance industries, particularly hard. Whilst the hospitality sector has been able to open to some extent, the arena we operate in has been totally shut down.

“Sadly, many in our sector simply will not survive, and the result will be to leave a deep cultural hole, one which will possibly never, ever be filled.”

The Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival runs from 23 – 25 October online at

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