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New sponsors help make City Jam the largest street art festival in Europe

Southend City Jam, the fantastic street art festival returning to Southend on 1 to 3 September is now even bigger thanks to the support from three new sponsors, c2c, VelFit, and Mark One Hire.

c2c is the award-winning train operator running services between Fenchurch Street and Shoeburyness, serving 26 stations in East London and South Essex, and 7 stations in Southend.

VelFit is an Essex based company that install, repair and replace VELUX windows and blinds throughout Kent, Essex, Hertfordshire and Suffolk. The entire VelFit team will be providing some much-needed help with the build and takedown of the temporary installations, as well as stewarding throughout the festival.

Mark One Hire is an Essex-based tool, equipment and powered access hire company. The local business will provide support equipment for the festival including cherry pickers to ensure the artists can safely reach the walls.

The added support from these new sponsors means that City Jam organisers have been able to expand what was already a big festival into the largest street art festival in Europe. With over 200 local, national and international artists attending, it’s set to be a jam-packed three days of incredible street art.

Rob Mullen, managing director at c2c, said: “c2c has a long-standing relationship with Southend-on-Sea City Council and is delighted at the opportunity to support Southend City Jam. Taking part in community events is part of everything we do. It allows us to play a role in raising the profile of South Essex and, more importantly, supporting fantastic, engaging exhibitions for locals to enjoy.”

Steve Wrieden, director of VelFit, said: “We’re really looking forward to volunteering at City Jam for a second year, as it was so great to see the city come alive at last year’s festival. The entire VelFit team are coming along to help out, which is not only a great team-building exercise for us, but a great way to support community events and the wealth of creative talent coming to the festival. We can’t wait to see what amazing artwork is created this year!”

Alan Ball, Mark One Hire director, said: “Southend City Jam was a brilliant event for the city last year and brought in thousands of visitors. Mark One Hire are proud to be a part of such an innovative and exciting event and can’t wait to help the artists reach new heights to transform the City!”

Cllr Derek Jarvis, cabinet member for arts, culture, heritage & leisure, added: “It’s wonderful to see big businesses coming on board to support the council in bringing such innovative events to the city.

"With c2c, Mark One Hire, and VelFit involved, it means Southend City Jam can continue to grow, which will help it become a highlight in Southend’s ever-growing range of events.”

Further information regarding the event, including full details of all the artists involved, volunteering, and sponsorship opportunities can be found on the City Jam website.

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