COAST festival set to return next month

The COAST Festival takes place next month.
The COAST Festival takes place next month.

Now in its 7th year, The COAST Arts Festival is bigger and better than ever.

Operating in 20 venues in Banff and Macduff from the 23rd util the 25th of May, the festival ranges across new work by 40 visual artists, installations, performances by up and coming young musicians and established singers, hands-on creative workshops, theatre, storytelling and fun for families.

Taking ‘Homecoming’ as its starting point, the Festival will explore and play with ideas and perceptions of ‘home’ and will include an exhibition in Duff House by Olivia Irvine, one of Scotland’s leading narrative painters, graffiti, ceramics and knitting workshops and an “eat a home” tea-party.

Festival Chair Alison Simpson said this week: “COAST has established a well deserved national and international reputation as a unique festival in the way that it both showcases the best of new art and celebrates the creativity, diversity and pride of place to be found in the two towns and the region.”

Venues include both Town Halls, Banff Castle, Duff House, Banff Beach, Banff Community Centre, Macduff Arts Centre and, new this year, the iconic and Listed Tarlair Pool which will host a storytelling and poetry with music event. Harley’s bowling and entertainment complex is also included for the first time.

Ms Simpson added: “Once again Scotland’s most interesting artists and local community organisations and individuals have come together to celebrate. Come along, be stimulated and have fun.”

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