COAST Arts 2020

COAST Arts 2020

Since the Coronavirus pandemic struck, we have been looking at how the changes in our lives will affect the arts in North Norfolk. It has been hard realising how much the lockdown and social distancing has and will affect what we and all artists living in this area do, as well as how it will impact our audiences.

It is a difficult time for everyone. But we also know that out of crises come new ways of thinking, new ways of doing things and so, with this in mind, the trustees at COAST Arts have been considering the future of our work.

Firstly, we have made the painful decision to cancel our festival this October. It is normally about this time of year that we would be confirming arrangements with artists, venues etc… but obviously that hasn’t happened. With no firm decisions on if and, when, small venues and groups of people can get together again we feel it is best to put our festival on hold.

However, we are planning to hold our festival week earlier next year and are currently looking at May 2021 during the May half-term, with an amazing line-up of events, workshops and artists. Watch this space for more details as they emerge.

We will also delay our art competition to fit in with the new dates for our festival next year BUT see below for two new ventures that our happening in our area.

We have great plans for 2021 including a new children’s book and film club, literary teas, and regular theatre, for which we have received funding. So, our focus is going to be on getting these ready for the new year when we hope that people will be able to come together once more to enjoy the Arts in all their forms.

We will be working closely with the new Cromer Artspace project which is researching how the people of Cromer would like to celebrate public art and has also launched a new Lockdown Art project – more details can be found here and on their facebook page/website.

The Belfry Centre for Music and the Arts in Overstrand has been successful in receiving Arts Council funding to enable them to hold on-line recitals featuring up and coming young musicians, to develop a community art project and also to purchase equipment so that are able to put more of their classes and events online. You can visit their website here and sign up to their newsletter to receive the latest info.

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