SWAG - What Is It ?
Sunny Worthing Arts Group is an autonomous and constituted voluntary Arts organisation with a steering committee and subscribed open membership, formed in July 2001 and officially launched in December 2001 at Worthing Town Hall with support of Worthing Borough Councillors and the Mayor, Councillor Valerie Sutton.
In July 2001, Worthing performers and artists created their own Fringe festival to provide a grassroots and community-based alternative to the Worthing International Arts Festival with a diverse programme of music, visual and performing arts. SWAG was formed as a result of the positive public response, which strongly indicated a demand for community "grass roots" arts events. Cllr Tim Dice, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure Sevices at the time, was a strong lobbying voice and supporter of SWAG's aims and initiatives.
Reproduced by kind permission of the Worthing Herald