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Four Unique New Commissions Join Scarborough Arts Event Coastival

Wet Sounds Scarborough

Scarborough people will go under water, be put behind bars and lots more besides when four exciting and unique new arts commissions burst into life during Coastival in February.

Four commissions have been unveiled after Coastival put the chance to be a part of the festival out to local artists and performers. The chosen four is a mix of visual art, performance and digital art and projections and will be seen during Coastival from 12 to 14 February next year.

‘Wet Sounds Scarborough’ will see an event performed at Scarborough Indoor Swimming Pool and the audience diving in to the water to enjoy music, sounds and images under and above the surface.

‘The Prison Project’ will transform the disused prison off Dean Road, Scarborough, into our very own Tate Modern. It will be a visual arts project using contemporary work inspired by the prison.

‘A Light to Guide’ will be a lit story trail through the Spa gardens and South Cliff. Working with children from East Ayton Primary School, the story will be transformed into an eco-friendly installation with each sentence illuminated, guiding visitors on an evening adventure.

‘The Many Faces of Scarborough’ will be an art installation, with three large translucent heads magically lit by projections, offering participants the chance to see their own face animated, fully lip-synced, telling stories, recounting legends, and singing short songs about life in Scarborough.

Coastival’s organisers, Scarborough-based arts development agency Create, say the four commissions will add something new, unique and exciting to Coastival.

Director Wendy Holroyd said:

"These four commission ideas really stood out for us as providing something that we doubt anyone will ever have seen or experienced in Scarborough before."

"Each is unique and different and will draw inspiration from Scarborough and Scarborough people, which is very much what we want Coastival 2016 to be all about. We cannot wait to see them come to life in February."

Coastival 2016 returns to the three-day format and will have the theme ‘Celebrating the Yorkshire Coast’.

Rock band Cast will headline with a concert at the Spa Grand Hall on the evening of Friday 12th February, supported by Two Skies. Popular saxophonist Snake Davis will play at the Spa during the afternoon of Saturday 13th February, supported by Jazz Aesthetic. Asian Dub Foundation will headline at the Spa on the evening of Saturday 13th February, supported by Project 12.

Meanwhile, A Band Anyone Can Join will see local musicians join Leeds-based rock band Hope and Social on stage at the Spa Grand

Hall for a unique participation concert on 14th February from 2.30pm. To get involved in A Band Anyone Can Join, please contact Create on 01723 384545 or email

Tickets for all the concerts are on sale now via the Spa box office and Coastival website at As well as individual tickets, two special ticket offers are available, one covering the whole weekend’s music, the other for the Saturday only.

Music will be just a part of Coastival 2016 and it will also feature theatre, dance, fine arts, comedy, performance and activities for children. More details will be released shortly.

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