Pop up art activities and events planned in run up to return of Hartlepool Waterfront Festival

A series of weird and wonderful artistic events will pop up across the town ahead of the return of Hartlepool Waterfront Festival.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 5:13 pm
Updated Thursday, 20th May 2021, 5:19 pm

Eight artistic installations, performances and activities capturing the magic of the festival will take place throughout June in both the real and digital world.

They will lead up to the return of Hartlepool Waterfront Festival on Saturday, August 28, and Sunday, August 29, after being cancelled last year because of Covid restrictions.

The Little Waterfronts’ programme has been designed to be jam-packed with joyous moments the whole family can enjoy safely both outdoors and digitally.

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Hartlepool Waterfront Festival is one of the biggest public events in the town's calendar.

Aaron Bowman, Hartlepool Waterfront Festival organiser at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “After a challenging year of no joy, no hope and no events we are beyond excited to bring a little bit of waterfront magic to the month of June!”

Alongside it, a programme of digital activity will be released through the festival’s social media channels.

Pop up events include one called Time in which three artists will perform reflective spoken word pieces directly to camera, inspired by and featuring Hartlepool landmarks such as HMS Tincomalee and the Wesley chapel.

The videos will be released on June 4, 11 and 18.

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Drag queens Bonnie and The Bonnettes will take over Ward Jackson Park on June 5 and 6 ahead of appearing at the main festival.

On four consecutive Saturdays from June 5, music from emerging artists will play out from lamppost speakers in Church Square.

Visitors can scan QR codes on the lampposts to access the playlist.

On June 12 and 13 an outdoor pop-up party to remember is planned when cabaret performer and rollerskater extraordinaire Symoné and her band of merry performers will take over the Headland prom.

Early on Saturday, June 19, Seaton Carew beach will be lined with sandcastles in a temporary art installation before being taken by the tide.

Two guided heritage walks will take place on the Headland on the June 26 at 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Tickets are available from the festival website.

Eight, three-minute films by community arts organisation BloomInArt to inspire people to have fun and see the world through an artist’s eye will be released throughout the month via the waterfront festival’s social media channels.

For more information about Little Waterfronts and Hartlepool Waterfront Festival visit www.hartlepoolwaterfrontfestival.com and www.facebook.com/HartlepoolWaterfrontFestival.

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