The East of England Arena and Events Centre (EEAEC) has announced a five-year deal with New Wine, the Christian Ministry network, to host the organisation’s annual ‘United’ festival.
The United festival attracts more than 26,000 camping visitors over two weeks, as well as thousands of day visitors. The 2019 event, ‘United 19’ will mark the 31st edition of the festival after a long residency in the South West.
Paul Harcourt, New Wine’s national leader, explained the decision to move the event to the venue saying, “I’m so excited by our move to East of England Arena, we’ve been praying for an opportunity to move our summer events to a more central location.
“It’s been a momentous decision, but East of England Arena offers us everything we need from camping to conferencing facilities, and just as importantly, supports our desire to establish a permanent home for our events.”
Dean Rees, business development manager for East of England Arena, added: “We are delighted to sign this five-year agreement. We know this is a pivotal decision for New Wine, and have committed ourselves to providing a new home for their events for the next year years and into the future.”
The United 19 Festival will feature an address from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, as well as an exhibition of suppliers and services.
It will also make use of the venue’s conferencing and seminar room facilities to bring smaller groups together, using the main arena for congregations and audiences of over 5,000 people at a time.