The 2010 Bathing Beauties Festival
Alford Silver Band
There has been a band in Alford since the 1860s, when the town formed a Rifle Brigade Band, in common with many other towns and cities throughout the country. This early band later became the Excelsior Band until 1900, when it divided into two separate bands.
The modern Alford Silver Band reformed in the 1960s and has gone from strength to strength ever since boasting over 60 playing members, including a large Training Section (predominantly youngsters but also with a number of adults who have decided to learn a brass instrument in their more mature years).
Two musicians and singers with a shared passion for exploring and sharing music from other continents, Pete and Frankie play a range of hot sounds from around the world using all acoustic ingredients - an impressive array of acoustic instruments including guitar, banjo, tres, saxophone, clarinet and flute - all played with flair and enthusiasm.
Their repertoire is rhythmically inspired by the sounds of Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean, plus bluegrass, boogie and rhumba. Blending these diverse influences they create a joyously upbeat and rootsy sound of their own - a global musical treat with appeal across a very wide audience.
In Search of Albion
This project, funded by Arts Council England, East Midlands was started in 2007 and is an ongoing series of events.
The project a temporary outdoor art installation, was initially shown at various venues on the Lincolnshire Coast during the summer of 2007.
The installation comprises four iconic objects, the deckchair, beach umbrella and bucket and spade. they are all scaled up in size, the deckchair 2.5:1 the parasol 2:1 the bucket and spade 5:1.
The work seeks to examine our lack of contentment in the present and our perpetual search for a permanent idealised future for the self. Today this search seems to be located primarily in foreign places or nostalgia.www.malcolmtait.co.uk/project_albion.htm
Great North Sea Plunge
Nicola Marshall and Sandra Moran start the swim with the launch of our very own Mablethorpe Mermaid in the RNLI lifeboat. A celebrity personality will then blow the whistle as a signal for us to plunge into the water. Nicola Marshall and Sandra Moran want as many people as possible to get in the waves to paddle, splash about, swim and generally have fun and enjoy the experience of swimming in the sea. Remember the sea is at its warmest in September. Also, Mabo is an award-winning blue flag beach so let's celebrate that.
For the keen swimmers (or those who just have less sense than most) there is the chance to join up with others in a team to start your 'Swim a Mile for the RNLI' challenge. This is a national endeavour to raise money for the RNLI and it seemed a perfect opportunity to incorporate this into our event. The RNLI lifeguards will be on patrol for our event. Nicola Marshall and Sandra Moran will mark out a mile in the water for those keen and strong enough to swim the distance - of course you may want to swim part of the mile only.
Sandy finger puppets
Children's author Cathy Watts will be visiting the Bathing Beauties Festival 2010 again with her two delightful children's books about the sandies, those small enchanting characters who live underneath the beach huts and come out at night to put the beaches to rights! Incorporating many aspects of sea life found when rockpooling or walking across the sands, Cathy's books certainly bring the seaside to life and are filled with a magical sense of humour. The books are aimed at children aged between 5 and 12 (and anyone else who likes the seaside!). There are even some sandy finger-puppets this year too (priced £3 each) so you can take your own sandy home with you and use him or her to help you read the stories aloud at bedtime!
Big Art Under the Colonnade
A selection of "big" art from some of Lincolnshire's finest art and crafts people. Come down off the beach into the beautiful park behind the huts in Sutton-on-Sea.
Malcome Tait, Helen Matthews, Chris Oldershaw & Others.
The Hut People
An interesting and infectious array of material, amiable charisma and sheer talent topped with huge professionalism & howmanship form the basis of a concert from world music outfit The Hut People. The Hut People are constantly gaining more of reputation as one of the hottest acts to come out of the Yorkshire folk scene in a long while.
Taking the audience on a voyage across the globe with their material, they perform a unique blend of home-grown tunes mixed with British, Nordic and European folk music, perfectly formed & embellished with the driving accordion and a mind-boggling array of exotic percussion.
Making Sand Castles
"Making Sand Castles" took place on the beach at Sutton on Sea and commenced as the tide begins to retreat. I start to make sand castles using a child's plastic bucket and spade. Each new castle was made using sand that had been dug out from a single sand pit. This pit is my starting point and return point. The work continues until the tide turns and begins to destroy my castles as the sea re-claims the beach. During the action the public will be invited to write a seaside memory upon paper flags. As I return to my starting point to collect the sand and fill the bucket I will collect a flag and insert it into a sandcastle.
The tidal images will be under the colannade in Sutton-on-Sea on Saturday & Sunday along with other work from some of Lincolnshire finest artists all part of the 'Coast & Wold Art on Map.'
The Lincolnshire Zodiac
The Linconshire Zodiac contributed a night time projection and 'secret' light installation.
Arts NK - Structures on the Edge
Shortlisted applicants for Bathing Beauties 2 - Structures On The Edge, a new concept to integrate permanent small structures designed by artists and architects for the njoyment and understanding of the coastal environment, on the extreme edges of the Lincolnshire coast Structures on the Edge
The Hive was made by Nick Jones in response to the arts Councils Made in England scheme and commissioned by Radio Lincolnshire. Following its tour last year, the textured "feely" boxes have been re-cast in aluminium.
Alternative Music Open Mic Hut
Organised by local music enthusiasts Annie and Jordy, you can rock along to the alternative disco, or listen to many up and coming artists!
The Small Time
Roll up, roll up and take your seats for the smallest traveling vaudeville show in the world! Prepare to be entertained as these multi talented Players perform an absurd array of Variety Acts. Expect animal acts, magic shows, Freak shows and regurgitators to name but a few, all accompanied by live music. All these acts are performed from a tiny theatre towed by a tricycle on which the orchestra pit is mounted. Ramshacklicious draw upon their wealth of experience to bring you 'The Small Time' You can expect their tried and tested blend of anarchic contemporary clowning, tragic-comic characters, bizarre puppetry and original live music but this time it's on a trike!
Wood On The Line
A sculptural wood carving event by carvers from various Lincolnshire villages who are coming together over the BB festive weekend to create a wood sculpture that reflects the unique aspects of coast line, place and wildlife of the area.
Bard on the Beach
"Come unto these yellow sands and then take hands" (The Tempest). Actors from five-star 1623 theatre company perform a collection of scenes from Shakespeare's plays on the beaches at Mablethorpe and Sutton-on-Sea in Lincolnshire, after having appeared recently at Watch This Space at the National Theatre in London. Come along and meet Shakespeare and some of his most vibrant and exciting characters as they come out to play on the sand.
Gary Perkins was voted best British country vocalist at the British Country Music Awards in September 2009; you only have to be present at one of his shows to understand why.
Gary Perkins possesses that rare talent of being able to create his own atmosphere and drawing every emotion from his listeners, he can have every one out of their seats rocking to an upbeat number, then riveted in total silence chocking back the emotions as he delivers an heart felt ballad.
A Hut within the Dunes
My name is Daniel Mitchell. I am a student from Hull soon to study in Architectural design at the Hull School of Art & Design. I also have experience in several other areas such as product, theatre set, stage, exhibition and interior design. 'A hut within the dunes' is one of my first architectural projects and was actually inspired by the sandy dunes of Mablethorpe. The original concept of the design is that sunlight or moonlight shines through the front of the hut which then projects the colour of the glass onto the surrounding area making your trip to the beach that little more brighter and colourful.
If you are interested in seeing any more of my work please visit my portfolio website at www.coroflot.com/danielmitchell
Secrets on the Sea
We all have our secrets. Secrets-On-The-Sea is a collaborative exhibition by Sheffield based poet Joe Kriss and photographer Charlotte Newton. The exhibition employs/uses poetry and photography to form dialogue exploring the relationship between desolate seascapes and the people living alongside them. Created especially for Bathing Beauties festival, inspired by the Lincolnshire coast!
Joe Kriss has had his poetry published in various magazines, and is the creative writing editor of "Now Then" magazine. Charlotte Newton is a freelance landscape photographer, whose work has appeared in several exhibitions and magazines, including the Guardian.
Ruth and the local Girl guides will be creating a magnificent Fire dragon for the Saturday night parade. Followed by an all-day Sunday art workshop!!
ArtNK and LINDUM PLANT (A Division of Lindum Group Ltd) will be on the beach with a mini digger creating a giant sandcastle on the Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the launch of Bathing Beauties 2 - Structures On The Edge, a competition for artists and architects to create more fantastic structures to be used by visitors to the coast.
Families can also be inspired by the designer beach huts created as part of the original Bathing Beauties competition and set to designing their own work of art by decorating smaller designer sandcastles in a 'beach hut' style.
I do live looping, beatboxing, various guitar styles with audio effects. Basically a modern one man band as I layer up sound as I play, building live recordings in front of an audience. Music sounds like - Rock/jazz/funk fusions, dance/electronic, indie, ambient/soundscapes, chill-out. Many varried pieces with diverse dynamics, complex layered harmonies.
I often play in cities such as Lincoln (Jolly Brewer, Kind, Golden Eagle) Stamford (Cellar Bar - Stamford Arts Centre, Voodoo Lounge), Leicester (The Musician) and various festivals where people have enjoyed watching something a little fresh and different.
Towering Heights are a pivotal heavy rock quartet hailing from Lincoln in the UK. Formed in 2010 the band consists of four members Garf on vocals, Jordy on guitar, Callum on drums and Rob on bass. Influenced by such prestigious artists as Otis Redding,Black Sabbath,Led Zeppelin and Incubus. With all these influences combined their Chili's inspired Stadium Rock sound is delivered powerfully and uniquely from towering heights of Garf at every performance.
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