With the launch weekend of the 7th Arts by the Sea Festival just a few days away , preparations are in full swing for the more than 70 acts and events occurring over 8 days this autumn across Bournemouth’s many and varied venues.
While the core of the Arts by the Sea Festival programme takes place outdoors – in the Gardens , The Pier, Town Square and the Seafront – there is a wealth of talent on show at such renowned venues as Shelley Theatre and Pavilion Dance and more subterraenean locations like St Peter’s Church and The Old Firestation.
A host of critically acclaimed shows are coming to town including Joe Sellman-Leava’s Labels - a moving, forensically honest story about immigration , Luke Jermay’s incredible mind bending magic tricks in Sixth Sense while Medea , Written in Rage ( pictured) is a unique take on the classic story performed by vocalist and dancer extraordinaire, Francois Testory and co-presented with Pavilion Dance South West.
JOAN is a refreshing look at Joan of Arc , Livia Rita’s electronica Rewild album and performance is a natural explosion and heartfelt natural drug trip , while in The Dark Room, you can play the world’s first live-action text-based adventure game. Morgan & West’s Time-Travelling Magicians will amaze and astound you with their mind boggling tricks and sorcery!
Festival Goers can enjoy a free weekend at the remarkable Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum or enjoy Suddenly Last Summer, a combined creative exhibition by the class of 2017 at Arts University Bournemouth ‘s galleries. Local artist Harriet Muller explores this year’s Arts by the Sea theme, Plastic Beach , creating beautiful seascapes and creatures using recycled plastics in her exhibition Aquastic , running throughout the Festival at Pavilion Dance.
Cinema lovers will be entertained at The Ocean Film and Short Sounds Film Festivals ( part of The Fringe platform ) and environmentally themed screenings , Bikes vs Cars and A Plastic Ocean at Shelley Theatre.
Party animals , young and old alike , also have somewhere to go – the award winning Big Fish Little Fish will be entertaining the under 8′ s and their parents with Surf’s Up , Family Rave while the grown ups can dance the night away at the Opening Party , Glitter not Litter !