Community artists invited to add their talents to Waterfront Festival

Published Monday, 16th April 2018

ARTISTS of all types are invited to come forward with ideas for two community-based arts projects which Hartlepool Council is commissioning as part of this year’s Hartlepool Waterfront Festival.

The festival will run from the evening of Friday 20 July to the late afternoon of Sunday 22 July. More than 15,000 people attended last year’s event, which is on a shortlist of three for Best Event Teesside in the 2018 Journal Culture Awards.

This year it’s going to be even bigger and better, with an action-packed programme of outdoor theatre, music, arts and street food.

The two community arts projects will be presented outdoors on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons of the festival and can be film, music, visual or performance.

One must be focused on the theme of this year’s festival, which is ‘Oh I Do Like To Be …’ – the interpretation of which will be up to the artist. The other project must interpret the issues surrounding the plastic which is filling the world’s oceans and covering its beaches.

Artists can apply to create one or both of the projects and the closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 30 April.

Hartlepool Waterfront Festival 2017

Last year's festival is shortlisted for Best Event Teesside in the 2018 Journal Culture Awards

The two community arts projects are part of the Greater Tees, Great Places project, which is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Denise Ogden, the Council’s Director of Regeneration and Neighbourhoods, said: “Although the festival was only launched last year, it has already made a considerable name for itself, as its shortlisting for Best Event Teesside in the prestigious Journal Culture Awards shows.

“We are looking for highly talented artists to work with our local communities to interpret our required themes with passion and originality and create high quality presentations which will enhance the festival and add to its stature.”

For full details of the commission requirements and how to apply, click here.