The 2017 Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival came to a stormy but beautiful end on Saturday night. Eight days of stunning performances , shows , exhibitions and installations concluded with a joyous parade through town alongside mesmerising and poetic storytelling by master puppeteers Dundu and drumming aces ,Worldbeaters Music. This immersive and moving production by Activate Performing Arts thrilled festival goers who came out in numbers despite the rainy autumnal conditions.
The last day of this annual celebration of culture featured a sell-out family rave at The Old Firestation and a multi-sensory , multi-media experience at St Peter’s Church called AQUA:SONC. Bournemouth Library co-hosted the Litterbugs Creation Workshop with Tree House Digital, an environmental talk was held at The Bournemouth Natural Science Society, while SoFar Sounds took over the interior of The Bandstand with a late evening intimate spoken word session.
Cllr Pat Oakley, Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure and Arts, says “The 2017 Arts by the Sea Festival was a huge triumph for the town of Bournemouth, its economy and the general cultural well-being of residents and visitors alike. An enormous amount of talent was on show over eight days and enjoyed by thousands of people of all ages in the sunshine, at night and even in the storms of the final day! I am really looking forward to this festival growing year on year and bringing annual fun, joy and happiness to our very creative town. None of this would have been possible without the herculean efforts and support of everyone involved – The Arts Council, Arts by the Sea Festival Director Andrea Francis , Creative Producer Roxy Robinson, theatre and cabaret programmer Libby Battaglia , Bournemouth Borough Council’ s marketing, events , seafront , environmental and parks & gardens teams , The Libraries and of course the indefatigable volunteers.”
This year’s Festival theme was Plastic Beach and Arts by the Sea 2017 endeavoured to highlight the issue of marine pollution through this idea. Visitors were thoroughly entertained but also informed by the performances, and left the event inspired by what we can all do to help the environment.
Creative Producer , Roxy Robinson concludes:- “It was once again a unique privilege to curate this year’s Arts by the Sea festival. The turnout was exceptional, with upwards of 100,000 festival-goers enjoying the rich mix of street art, light art installations, walkabout, theatre and parades. The newly-launched Fringe festival was also enjoyed by many, and will no doubt continue to grow. I am delighted to be continuing work with Bournemouth Borough Council to deliver the festival in 2018, and look forward to building on what has been a fantastic event this year”
The dates for the 2018 festival will be announced shortly on social media @artsbythesea and online at www.artsbythesea.co.uk
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