The festival opens with a launch night of sounds, sights and surprises at St Mary in the Castle to challenge your perceptions of this familiar and well-loved local space. Curated by visual arts specialists ZEROH, the evening will hail the opening of the festival in a unique and spectacular way.
Opening Weekend – 29/30/31 Aug
Internationally acclaimed artist Kate MccGwire has been commissioned by Coastal Currents to create a site specific work in the unique environment of the crypt at St Mary in the Castle.
Alice Anderson will create a new site responsive sculpture commissioned for Coastal Currents, made of copper mesh which will be displayed for the duration of the festival.
Keep your eyes peeled for a candy-striped canvas structure, reminiscent of seaside attractions and Punch and Judy, popping up around town. Akin to a bird hide, with viewing slits at various heights, this structure will be found quietly positioned on the fringes of activity, tempting you to step inside.
At first glance, nothing seems out of the ordinary in our opening festival performance. A group of well dressed but ordinary women, seated on an array of wooden chairs. Look closer and you will notice each carries a saw.
Over three weekends the From Pier to Eternity illuminated bike rides will run between festival events. These popular free rides with changing themes are open to everyone. Dress up, decorate your bike and join the procession. Meet at the Pier every Friday of the festival at 7pm. For more details find us on Facebook