Second wave of funding for maritime event

A summer maritime festival on the Yorkshire coast has won a second wave of funding.

The annual Scarborough festival Seafest, has for the second year secured Arts Council England funding helping organisers put together a programme featuring street theatre, music and food events.

Janet Deacon, North Yorkshire Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Seafest is one of Scarborough’s best-loved events during the summer season. We’re thrilled that Arts Council England has, for a second year, recognised its importance to the Borough and been so supportive.

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“The programme is still in development – there’s lots more to add.”

This year the event will take place from July 24-26 and highlights will include workshops and a performance by Leeds band Hope and Social, headliners at last year’s Yorkshire Festival; ukulele band Some Like it Ossett; poetry from A Firm of Poets; street theatre from Artizani Theatre Company, Artemis Lion Fish and Talking Birds, and a brand new arts marquee, with free drop-in arts sessions and story-telling.

There will also be rock-pooling and fossil-hunting walks from Hidden Horizons, a line-up of top chefs from around the region giving cookery demonstrations, a full programme of music headed by DJ Tooley, and the traditional blessing of the boats.

Last year highlights included Miranda the mermaid - street theatre from Whitby-based Jean and Morag. This year, the national arts funding body has allocated £14,900 to the event.

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