COAST Arts festival cancelled for 2020 but the future’s bright for 2021

Since the Coronavirus pandemic struck, we have been looking at how the changes in our lives 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 at the end of May 2021, 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 great new projects.
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.

New Cromer Artspace project announces two exciting new ventures

COAST Arts is really pleased to be working closely with and supporting Cromer Artspace. A new venture for the town which has been created to encourage arts in public spaces and develop community involvement in the arts. They want the arts to become a valued and vital part of local life and leisure. 
We’d love to tell you about two projects they are starting with a kick-start grant from Cromer Town Council. Their initial plans have been restructured slightly because of Covid-19 but as you can see they’re starting off with some really great ideas. They are also looking for more people to join them as they are a very small group of arts and admin professionals – do get in touch if you are interested – click here

Cromer Lockdown Views:

An opportunity to be creative and use lockdown isolation as the subject matter. Whoever you are – professional artist, amateur or total beginner – this is your chance to have a go. Use any medium – drawing, painting, textiles, print, collage, modelling, poetry, sculpture, film, photography, music… anything goes!
Your work will become part of an online gallery echoing the mood of Cromer during Covid 19. They hope to exhibit much of the submitted artwork in shop windows and other public spaces around the town later in the year. Full entry details on their website and facebook page: cromer-artspace.uk 

Research project:

This will investigate how other towns have developed high quality, innovative and contemporary public art – opening opportunities on a world scale for participation and understanding. Murals, a sculpture trail, repurposing public shelters, exhibitions in empty buildings, community workshops, conservation arts projects, could we become part of England’s Creative Coast? There are big ideas and small ideas out there – but, most importantly, they need ideas from you – the local population, that will help them develop something unique and special for Cromer.  Send your ideas to: 

The Belfry Centre for Music and The Arts in Overstrand announces new projects

Community Art Project ‘Freedom’ launches their brand new Arts Council supported art project – ‘Freedom’ launches this week and will be exhibited in the Belfry Centre during August. They can provide blank templates to be hung from the ceiling of their hall or you can just create your own masterpiece inspired by your thoughts and feelings surrounding Coronavirus and the thought of Freedom!
They have Hot Air Balloons, Kites, Butterflies and Balloons ready to be used for your creations, plus loads of wall space if you would rather come up with a more traditional picture. Just let them know if you are interested in taking part and they will arrange to send you a template, or alternatively when you can pick one up from The Belfry Centre.

Prizes for the best artworks in two categories – Children (16 & under) & Adults. We can’t wait to see your amazing creations! Do get in touch via their facebook page – click here or email 

Coronavirus Online Recital Sessions

The Belfry has launched a recital series featuring young musicians doing online recitals. The next one is this Sunday – 7th June and features Overstrand’s very own Danny Murphy, who is currently in his 3rd year at the Royal College of Music studying Lute, Theorbo and Baroque guitar. He has recorded a mixed programme of repertoire on all three instruments which they really hope you will enjoy. Join them on Sunday 7th June at 3pm and there’s also a donate button to help them continue the series during this period. You can find them here.

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