The festival, which has grown in size and popularity year on year, promotes artistic and cultural activity in Newquay and aims to put the popular family resort on the map as a hub for creativity, as well as the cool, coastal vibe that it is well known for amongst holiday-makers.
Through a range of inspiring and exciting workshops including drumming, sculpture and painting, the festival will expose local people and visitors alike to new cultural experiences and different ways of engaging with the arts. The events are all low cost or free to attend with performances and workshops suitable for all levels being held in venues right across Newquay and out to Mawgan Porth and Mountjoy.
As well as serving as a platform for established artists from Newquay, Cornwall and further afield to exhibit their work, Art8 festival also gives people who aren’t officially artists the chance to display their work or even host workshops of their own to pass on their skills. 5 year-old Dylan Bang is running a ‘Glue and Stick’ workshop with help of his Mum who is involved in the running of the event. Dylan will be based at Tall Trees Nightclub helping other local children make their own cardboard rock guitars, to the sound of Elvis’ hits. All his own idea and free of charge.
Dylan said: “I am really excited about running my workshop. I like making arts and crafts and want to help other children. My Mum does things for Art8 and I wanted to help out too. I’m looking forward to seeing the people that come.”
Art8 is jam-packed with top-class artists and performers in a festival schedule that includes more workshops and events than ever before. Ones to watch include the Newquay Forest School, the Story Republic and the Cornwall Film Festival that is running alongside the event.
A number local businesses, including Koola Club/Chy Bar, Café Irie, Tall Trees Nightclub and The Griffin Inn have offered themselves up as venues to host live theatre performances and other creative works, utilising the spaces in a way that many people will not have experienced them before. More performances than ever will be showcased outdoors this year, giving the festival a real sense of place and embracing its cool, coastal location.
Dicky Souray, volunteer and festival organiser said: “We loved the idea of bringing local venues to life in different ways by repurposing them to host exhibitions or performances. You don’t need purpose-built performance spaces – it was only really Shakespeare and his contemporaries that set in motion the idea of a theatre building to attend. Before then people were performing more freely, in pubs and public spaces. We want to bring back that vibe across Newquay during the four days and involve as many local businesses and people as possible.
Newquay Business Improvement District have also got involved and supported the event. Emilie Calhaem the BID manager said “We are really pleased to be involved in Art8. We have helped them to bring top family focused theatre to the town such as Story Republic who will be telling their exciting tales at numerous locations around the town on the Sunday and O-region’s fantastic puppet theatre on the Saturday afternoon. This extensive calendar of events and attractions has something for everyone, young and old to bring them to Newquay over the bank holiday weekend and all BID sponsored events during Art8 are free of charge to come and see.”.
Art8 takes place between Friday 23rd and Monday 26th May. Sponsors include: Coodes Solicitors, The Stable, Towan Insurance, Gannel Signs & Print, and Dimensions.
To find out more, visit art8newquay.co.uk or keep up-to-date with progress at www.facebook.com/Art8Newquay/events and @Art8Newquay.