There are Happy Days ahead for disadvantaged children in Herts and Beds thanks to a new charity partnership which has been forged with Hitchin’s annual Rhythms of the World festival.

Festival organisers are about to reveal details of the partnership with the Luton-based Happy Days children’s charity which will offer free tickets to this summer’s event to youngsters who might not otherwise be able to enjoy the two day feast of music from around the corner and around the world, and much more.

More information about this initiative will be on the Rhythms of the World website and social media channels soon.

The festival, which will be held this year over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, has been awarded a string of charitable grants to help fund its work, wth support coming from The Big Lottery, Hitchin Youth Trust, North Herts District Council and county councillors who represent the town, The Neighbourly Charitable Trust and Hertfordshire Community Foundation.

This funding will go towards supporting the year-round RotW outreach and community arts programmes, the festival’s work with young people on the Icehouse stage and its volunteer recruitment drive in Stevenage, Letchworth and Luton where volunteer numbers are currently low.

As a registered charity, Rhythms of the World partners with a host of organisations that help to make the festival happen and support the community arts programme throughout the year.

2015 sponsors include local organisations Seal Island Media, EMH Technology, Constant Power Services, Lucas Software, Ashleys, Film Infinity, Satchells estate agents, Raymond James Investment Services and Great Northern Trains.

Cath Cole from the festival team said: “We are really grateful to all our wonderful sponsors and partners who help support the festival, ensure that we can keep ticket prices for Rhythms low, and make the festival affordable and open for all.

“With up to 30,000 people set to attend the festival in 2015 this is a great chance for brands to reach a huge audience from across the region and further afield, and we are keen to hear from any other potential sponsors or advertisers who might be interested in partnering with us.

We urge organisations to contact today for more details.”

Find out more about the work of Happy Days here