Everything from a spectacular seafront parade and giant talking heads to art work behind prison bars and underwater lights and music will feature when the Coastival arts festival bursts into life in Scarborough from 12th to 14th February.
More than 100 events, concerts, performances and attractions – the majority of them free – will be staged in and around Scarborough across the three days.
To begin with, Ireland-based Spraoi, who stage street theatre and parades, will present ‘Polar Quest’ on the evening of 12th February.
Crowds along Scarborough seafront will see Spraoi recreate the epic ‘Endurance’ expedition to the South Pole, led by Ernest Shackleton, an ill-fated attempt to walk across Antarctica. It will be a spectacular parade, featuring giant ships and sea creatures.
That will raise the curtain for the rest of Coastival, which will feature music, theatre, fine art and installations plus activities for children.
Rock band Cast will headline the music offering 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.
‘A Band Anyone Can Join’ will see Hope and Social, a band from Leeds, bring together local musicians for a unique concert at the Spa Grand Hall on Sunday 14th February from 2.30pm.
Other music offerings will see The Den open its doors at Farrer’s Bar at the Spa during all three days of Coastival. The Den runs from 6 to 8pm on Friday 12th, 2pm to 8pm on Saturday 13th and from 2pm to 8pm on Sunday 14th.
Backseat Mafia, a Sheffield-born music and entertainment website, returns to Coastival to bring some of the best new and cutting edge bands to the Spa Music Room on Saturday 13th February from 12noon to 8pm and 10pm to 1.30am and on Sunday 14th February, from 12noon to 5pm.
For a mix of live music, DJs and VJs, The Engine Room will be set up in the Spa Sun Court Suite during Coastival weekend.
It will run on Friday 12th February, 8pm to 2am; Saturday 13th February, 8pm to 2.30am and Sunday 14th February, 12noon to midnight.
The Den, Backseat Mafia and The Engine Room are all free.
There’s also a wide-ranging programme of other music, from folk to choral and classical, during the weekend.
Four brand-new art commissions will bring exciting additions to Coastival this year.
‘Wet Sounds Scarborough’ will see the audience dive into Scarborough Indoor Swimming Pool to enjoy music, sounds and images, under and above the surface, during two sessions on the Sunday (5.45pm and 7.15pm).
‘The Prison Project’ will transform 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’ will be a lit story trail through the Spa gardens and South Cliff.
‘The Many Faces of Scarborough’ is an art installation, with three huge 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. Event times are 7pm to 10pm on the Saturday and 7pm to 9pm on the Sunday.
In terms of performance and theatre, highlights will include Animated Objects Theatre Company staging 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.
There’s a full line-up of great films at the town’s Stephen Joseph Theatre – including ‘Amy (15)’ the thought-provoking story of Amy Winehouse.
Scarborough’s art galleries and other imaginative venues are gearing up for artists working with paint, glass, textiles, paper, print and poetry to exhibit. Aside from the traditional galleries, work will also be on display in local churches, hotels, cafes and even in the Old Parcels Office at Scarborough Railway Station.
Rollercoastival will see two full days of creative activities for children.
For the first time, Coastival even has its own beer this year. Award-winning local brewery Wold Top has brewed up Coastivale, which is on sale in local pubs.
Coastival’s organisers, Scarborough-based arts development agency Create, say Coastival 2016 looks like being the most diverse and exciting event so far.
Director Wendy Holroyd said: “We are delighted with the programme we have put together for Coastival 2016. In terms of diversity and the sheer range of different music, events, installations and exhibitions we will have on offer it is certainly the best event we have done.
“It promises to be really special, particularly in terms of audiences being able to see and join in with things they will never have experienced before. We can’t wait for it to start!”
Full details of all the events and activities, including start times and ticket details, are available at www.coastival.com
Copies of the Coastival 2016 programme are available from Woodend, Scarborough Spa, The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Mojo’s, the YMCA, The Street, the Rotunda, Scarborough Library, the Art Gallery and a host of other cafes, shops and galleries.
Tickets for all the concerts are on sale now via the Spa box office and Coastival website.