Coastival in Scarborough Reveals 2019 Programme

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Coastival Arts Festival Returns to Scarborough,
24-24 February

Organisers have unveiled the full programme for the 10th anniversary Coastival to be held from 22nd to 24th February. In keeping with the anniversary, the festival, subtitled ‘The Greatest of Times’, will include a celebration of past festivals as well as new, ground-breaking entertainment.

It will boast a world premiere, when acclaimed performer Belle Jones, presents ‘High Land’, at Woodend Gallery on Coastival Friday and Saturday. This spoken word piece explores what human beings are capable of when they are placed under extreme pressure – in this case being forced to flee their homes.

Coastival director Kate Beard said: “We are absolutely delighted to unveil the full programme for Coastival 2019 and thrilled with the exciting mix of music, theatre, art and entertainment we have in store. Coastival 2019 marks a very special milestone for the festival, as it will be 10 years since the very first event. So we are pleased that we can promise three days that mix the best new, ground-breaking and thought-provoking events with a nod back both to the history of Coastival and the history of Scarborough!”

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Pictured, left to right, with copies of the new Coastival programme, Create Administrator Christine Maloney and Festival Producer Georgie Samuels

“Original and unique”

An evening of great music at Scarborough Spa’s Ocean Room from 7pm includes headline act Smoove & Turrell, the popular Newcastle soul and funk band making a welcome return to the festival.

Another highlight will be the Sound of Scarborough concert, at the Ocean Room on the Friday evening from 7pm, when the best local bands will perform, ahead of the release of a vinyl album of great local music.

Movie-goers are in for a treat as Coastival serves up two fifties sci-fi classics, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Invasion of the Body Snatchers at 1pm and 3pm in the Spa Music Room on the Saturday.

Coastival Sunday offers the chance to see Scarborough on Film, a dip into historical footage from Yorkshire Film Archive at 1pm and 3.30pm, again in the Spa Music Room.

Amongst performance highlights will be a piece by Schwa called ‘A Lark’, in which this talented trio of musicians take classic poetry and set it to music for a celebration of our feathered friends. This original and unique piece will be performed at 8pm at Woodend on Coastival Friday and Saturday.

Elsewhere during Coastival there will be performances, including the Beach Hut Theatre Company, Animated Objects Theatre Company and Morgan and West and music, including Dennis Rollins and the Mark Gordon Trio, Stone Penguin and many, many more. There will also be dozens of open studios and installations, street theatre and family activities.

See the full programme at

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