Friday, June 29, 2007

The Saltburn scene is blooming.

Saltburn, with it's Victorian heritage, the pier, Cliff Lift and Valley Gardens, has much to offer visitors. As well as offering traditional seaside pastimes, the north facing sands and great surfing 'breaks' attract a large community of surfers.
Today the plethora of festival events on offer are also proving to be an increasingly big attraction for visitors to the town.
Saltburn's Folk Festival is well esablished and this years festival will be held from August 10th to 12th. Participants and fans arrive from all over the country, some even travelling from abroad, for the annual celebration. This years line-up of musicians includes local folk hero Vin Garbutt, as well as a long list other performers including Sara Grey, Nebula, Kieron Means, Ben Paley and Feet First. The festival weekend also has anumber of other events on offer, including ceilidhs, singarounds, music and computing workshops, crafts and markets. A campsite is also set up to accomodate the influx of interested visitors.
Saltburn's annual One-act Drama Festival, organised by Saltburn 53 Drama Group, has been running since 1990, with this years performances held in March. The aim of the festival is to help encourage new writers and new drama, as well as encouraging people to show what they can do. Drama groups have taken part in the festival from as far away as Consett, Durham, Scarborough and Northallerton. People come to the event year after year and it has become a really good social gathering. The event is held as part of the All England Theatre Festival, with winning performances progressing through a series of rounds, culminating in national finals.
Saltburn does not have its own purpose-built cinema but the Saltburn Community and Arts Association’s Film Society regularly transforms Saltburn's Community Theatre into a cinema, complete with big screen. The town’s first film festival was organised in May with an invitation for movie critic Barry Norman to visit Saltburn to help launch the event. Dates for next years event have already been set.
So many festivals are developing in Saltburn catering for all sorts of tastes and the Community and Arts Group is looking in to the possibility of a jazz festival in the future, catering for all kinds of jazz, from traditional to progressive.
Comedy events are also held at the theatre helping to bring a whole new audience to what is recognised as one of Saltburn's most beautiful buildings. The most recent addition to Saltburn’s festival season is the town’s first comedy festival which will bring previews of Edinburgh Festival performances to Saltburn Community Theatre over four nights in July. Festival organiser and promoter Rob O’Connor, of media and PR firm ten past eight, said: “I could talk for ages about this, but this line-up pretty much speaks for itself. It’s a fantastic mix. This has all come together very quickly, and I think we’re going to have four memorable nights here.”

Saltburn can not be described as a typical commercial seaside town, today it is a place which attracts a lot of artistic talent.

For more information about the 10th Saltburn Festival of Folk Music, Dance and Song to be held in August contact 0798 009 3898 or from Saltburn Tourist Information. Tickets £48 or Saturday tickets £28 and Sunday tickets £25.

Details of Saltburn’s first comedy festival can be found online . All shows are at Saltburn Community Theatre. Tickets are £12 or £38 for a full festival ticket covering all four nights on 01642 729729 or from Middlesbrough Town Hall box office.

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