How To Sponsor Off the Shelf

What can Off the Shelf offer your company? 

Sheffield’s Off the Shelf festival of Writing and Reading is now in its 24th year and is well established as one of the most exciting events in the region’s cultural calendar and one of the largest in the UK.   The festival continues to grow in size, prestige and popularity and is recognised by Arts Council England as one of the key literary events in the region. The festival enjoys an excellent reputation and is able to attract some of the best known names in literature and the media to Sheffield each year. Previous festivals have included appearances by Kate Adie, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, David Mitchell, Rose Tremain, Sarah Waters, Nick Hornby, Simon Armitage, Benjamin Zephaniah, Sir Michael Parkinson, Sandi Toksvig, Hilary Mantel, Alastair Campbell, Jennie Eclair,The Hairy Bikers, David Peace, Michael Frayn, Antonia Fraser, Jamie Oliver, Dr David Starkey, Hilary Mantel, Ian Rankin, Jamie Oliver and Stephen Fry to name just a few. 

By sponsoring Off the Shelf you can be associated with a high quality, innovative, exciting, prestigious and very popular festival.

Each year the festival attracts around 29,000 people with the audience figure growing each year.  A further estimated 150,000 people view festival exhibitions and digital work.  We attract excellent audiences with many of our events selling out.  The festival takes place in over 80 venues city wide including Crucible Theatre, Showroom Cinema, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Sheffield Student's Union and community libraries. 

The festival's national profile continues to grow.  In 2014 we attracted substantial press coverage - 193 articles with a value of £1,724,360.58. The festival also achieved an overall satisfaction rating on our audience survey of 96.05% excellent/good.  Off the Shelf is now in the top five or six literary festivals in the UK.

Off the Shelf offers great value for money with a wide range of sponsorship packages available. 

For example, Silver Sponsorship of a major festival event, priced at only £2,000 plus VAT, offers acknowledgement of sponsorship in the brochure, on tickets and on posters and flyers, an advertisement within the brochure, complimentary tickets, acknowledgement of sponsorship on the Off the Shelf website, additional marketing opportunities.  We can also organise corporate entertainment for your clients at events.  We are known for our imaginative programming and can create an event within the festival linked to your company brand or targeting a particular audience or community.  We can also organise creative and stimulating workshops for your workforce.  We are happy to meet with sponsors to discuss specific aims and ideas.

If you would like to find out more about sponsorship opportunities with the Off the Shelf Festival of Writing and Reading please do not hesitate to contact Lesley Webster, Maria de Souza or Su Walker on 0114 273 4716 / 273 4400