Live music at CITF - A request from us.

Dear Dancers,

Over the last three years we have been delighted to bring you beautiful live music at our festival. In year one, we brought you El Piropo from Barcelona and for the last two years we have been able to bring you Guillermo Rozenthuler and the London Tango Orchestra.

Unfortunately, costs continue to rise - not least because of the pound having fallen against the Euro over the last 18 months. We have never aimed to make a profit, so we try to keep our costs to you as low as possible. We would absolutely love to bring you live music again this year, but we need your help.

In order to take the sort of financial risk an Orchestra brings, we need bookings. The pattern over the last three years has been that a significant proportion of the money brought into the festival has been due to payment on the door during the event (cue sleepless nights before the festival gets underway). We obviously love that so many people turn up like this, but in terms of planning ahead, for expenses as big as for an orchestra, we can't.

So, we have a simple request. If you are definitely coming to our festival, it really helps us if you book ahead. We realise this is not always possible, but if it is, please consider doing so.

Our target before we can book an orchestra is 300 bookings. So, please get booking and get your friends to book too. We look forward to seeing you all at our big party!