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Coastival Weekend Hailed Great Success

Coastival 2016

The weekend’s Coastival arts festival has been hailed a great success with record crowds flocking to the event.

Hundreds of visitors, both local and from the rest of the country and abroad, enjoyed more than 100 events and attractions.

Coastival director Wendy Holroyd said:
"In terms of visitor numbers and popularity of attractions it had been the most successful Coastival yet.

“We have had a fantastic weekend, with great audiences at the events and wonderful feedback from everyone,

“Highlights for me were the opening parade, the prison exhibition, Hope and Social and their Band Anyone Can Join, and the gig in the swimming pool.”

Across the three days audiences enjoyed everything from the spectacular seafront parade and giant talking heads to art work behind prison bars and the underwater lights and music.

To begin with, on Friday evening, Ireland-based Spraoi staged ‘Polar Quest’ recreating the epic ‘Endurance’ expedition to the South Pole, led by Ernest Shackleton, along with South Bay.

Rock band Cast, supported by Two Skies, then headlined with a concern at the Spa Grand Hall.

Other music highlights included popular saxophonist Snake Davis, Asian Dub Foundation and Hope and Social, a band from Leeds, who brought together local musicians for ‘A Band Anyone Can Join’ in concert at the Spa Grand Hall on Sunday.

Also popular were The Den at Farrer’s Bar, Backseat Mafia and a mix of live music, DJs and VJs at The Engine Room in the Spa Sun Court Suite.

Four brand-new art commissions created exciting additions.

 ‘Wet Sounds Scarborough’ saw the audience dive into Scarborough Indoor Swimming Pool to enjoy music, sounds and images, under and above the surface.

‘The Prison Project’ transformed the disused prison off Dean Road in Scarborough, into Scarborough’s own Tate Modern, showcasing art work inspired by the prison environment.

‘A Light to Guide’ offered a lit story trail through the Spa gardens and South Cliff and ‘The Many Faces of Scarborough’ was an art installation, with three animated translucent heads giving participants the chance to see their own face animated, fully lip-synced, telling stories, recounting legends, and singing short songs about life in Scarborough.

Animated Objects Theatre Company staged the Song of Leviathan, featuring a host of giant puppets, live music and a beach procession during the weekend, focusing on the story of the great mechanical whale Leviathan.

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Coastival Weekend Hailed Great Success Reviewed by Editor on 17:45:00 Rating: 5

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