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Coastival 2011 - art beside the seaside

  • Date: 1 March 2011
  • Area: North

An artwork celebrating the landscape and communities of Yorkshire is among more than 100 events taking place from 18 to 20 February at the second biennial Coastival Festival.

The festival is supported by a Grants for the arts award from Arts Council England. Events - which include theatre, dance, comedy and visual arts - take place at locations across Scarborough and many are free to participate in. 

One of the highlights is Moving Body in the City, which features a series of short films and a projected kaleidoscope by six contemporary artists specialising in audio visual artwork that celebrates the post industrial landscape and communities of Yorkshire. The films will be shown at locations across Scarborough from 7pm on 19 February along the route of an art walk beginning at Scarborough Lighthouse, where the kaleidoscope will be projected onto the building itself. The kaleidoscope's creators, Rob and Matt Vale, will be present to discuss their work.  

Moving Body in the City has been created as part of the imove programme, a  celebration of human movement supported by Legacy Trust UK, Yorkshire Forward and Arts Council England. imove is bringing together the best creative talent from the region to produce a programme of events designed to inspire the public in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Coastival 2011 also includes a range of events for children. Supported by an award from the Arts Council, the Rollercoastal Children's Festival will mix familiar arts activities with more innovative, challenging offerings.

Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director for Arts Council England, said, 'Coastival 2011 offers something for everyone, whether it's discussing an artwork with the artist who created it, joining the audience for a fantastic range of dance and drama productions, or simply soaking up the atmosphere. We are delighted to support such a vibrant, diverse range of events which will give thousands of people the opportunity to take part in the arts.'     

Moving Body in the City was commissioned by imove and Lumen, a not-for-profit arts organisation based in Leeds, specialising in artistic projects and events.