IF YOU are looking to join in with Grimsby’s latest family event, timed tickets for this weekend’s Festival of the Sea are going fast!
While tickets are free, visitors must pre-book their slots as Covid restrictions remain in place and social distancing will still be required when in St James’ Square, where the festival is being held. The area will be named ‘Festival Square’ for the day.
Festival of the Sea will be a vibrant day of free street theatre, music and dance, taking place on Saturday, July 17, in the newly landscaped square. Audiences are invited to experience the talents of local, regional and national artists bringing giant puppets, mechanical sculpture, acrobatics, and plenty of fish! Enjoy food stalls, entertainment and the Minster will also be open for coffee and tea.
The live programme includes Out of the Deep Blue by Autin Dance, featuring a sea giant ‘washed up on the shore’, and there’ll be music from Manchester’s International Roots Orchestra and comical street theatre acts, including Val and Halla – two Abba-obsessed Vikings.
An off-site programme of events includes ‘Congregation’, a magical sonic sphere which will take you on a journey to a secret location. Guided by sound alone, you will have to keep your sphere happy by going in the right direction! Take a journey with the spheres on Saturday, July 17, at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Tickets must be booked at: www.festivaloftheseagrimsby.co.uk/whats-on
Festival of the Sea also includes a digital element, which has been taking place since Monday, July 12. Part of the week’s online events include two short plays, written by local group Breakwater Theatre. Commissioned by festival organisers, each nostalgic piece has strong links to the sea and the local area.
“There are two films, each five minutes in length with one called ‘Tea Break’ and the other called ‘Sea Fever’,” said Breakwater’s Sara Beasley, who is working alongside Breakwater co-founder Andy Evans. “We are very honoured to have been asked to be a part of this festival and to have our work on record. It is great to have the opportunity to showcase local talent and we’re happy that we have been included in the programme.”
Book to see the premier of these fantastic pieces of work, on Wednesday, July 14 at 7pm, at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/festival-of-the-sea-stories-from-the-sea-tickets-161888610191
Festival of the Sea will dive into Grimsby’s future, present and past relationship with the sea, and is being produced by Grimsby-based events organisation The Culture House, in partnership with one of the UK’s leading outdoor arts organisations, Walk the Plank.
Culture House Director Charlotte Bowen said: “We are really looking forward to opening this new and exciting festival, which showcases Grimsby’s heritage and connections with the sea. We have strong ambitions for the future and some fantastic acts for this year, so grab a ticket, head down to St James Square and find out what’s going on!
“We would also like to say a big thanks to founding sponsors New England Seafood International and Orsted, who have both stepped forward to support the Festival in its inaugural year.”
For your free Festival of the Sea ticket, available now for two-hour main programme time slots in ‘Festival Square’, visit www.festivaloftheseagrimsby.co.uk. Entry times are 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm
Visit the Festival of the Sea website now and follow the social media channels @festivalofsea on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all programme announcements.
Festival of the Sea is produced by Walk the Plank and The Culture House, and supported by Grimsby Creates, Arts Council England, Without Walls, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, New England Seafoods, Orsted and Alfred Enderby.