Newquay Art8 – Newquay’s annual arts and culture festival is returning to the town this weekend starting on Thursday evening, April 27 and running through until Monday night, May 1.
Newquay Art8 started in 2011 when a group joined together because they wanted to see more artistic and cultural activity happening and celebrated in Newquay which is home to so much creativity. Art8 was born out of wanting to provide a platform for people’s artistic work to be shown as well to give local people the opportunity to access the arts through exhibitions, workshops and events in an affordable manner.
Since then the festival has gone from strength to strength with a slightly different format and focus each year. The small team of volunteers behind the festival are excited about what Newquay Art8 2017 will be bringing to the town this weekend.
Thursday night will see the launch of the festival at Whiskers bar. Everyone involved in, and interested in, the festival is invited along where there will be a Live Art Battle and music from DJ Wax.
During the day on Friday there will be the opportunity to pick up free pieces of art which you may find dotted around the town as part of Free Art Friday. In the evening you have the choice of going to the Cornwall Male Voice Choral Festival at St Michael’s Church, Le Navet Bete’s performance of Dracula at Treviglas or enjoy music from Bobby Soul & DJ Schmarkle at Whiskers.
On Saturday there will be various workshops and events running throughout the day including storytelling at the library, the Towan Blystra Marine Trail, Soul Food workshop and family art workshop. The evening will start with a Drink and Draw event and there will also be a showing of the film Brown Willy at Newquay Orchard and music from Baz Francis at Whiskers.
On Sunday the Killacourt will be taken over by Art8’s Makery and Artisan Market, throughout the day there will be a series of performances from choirs, musicians and dance groups alongside workshops and a making space for children and an Artisan Market for all the family to enjoy. Sunday night will see music events at both 55 Yards Bar and Whiskers.
To end the weekend on Monday evening there will be a film night at Sprout health food shop and an Open Mic Night at Whiskers.
Throughout the weekend artwork & photography from a huge number of local artists will be on show at various venues including bars, hotels and cafes across the town which will be open for people to view. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday Art8 will be running the Endless Newquay Trail where children and families will visit 12 of those venues and collect stamps along the way which will create their own piece of art – this trail will start at Whiskers.
The Newquay Art8 team are excited about what is on offer this year and feel it is fantastic to have so many creative people in the town and locally coming together to help bring all this activity to Newquay. There really is something for everyone. Make sure you pick up a brochure from any of the participating venues or VisitNewquay on Marcus Hill so you don’t miss out. Thanks go to their sponsors – the Green Heart Cafe and Garden House Solicitors. Without their financial support Newquay Art8 would not be able to bring such a vast amount of activity to Newquay in one weekend.
NEWQUAY ART8 – COLLABORATING – INNOVATING – CREATING – MOTIVATING: The Art8 mission is to transform Newquay into a regionally recognised creative and cultural hub. This is being achieved through supporting local artists, performers and community groups who have an interest in the arts by creating opportunities for them to promote, display and perform their work and to engage with the local community. Art8 is a non-profit organisation set up by local volunteers in 2011 to organise the annual Newquay Arts and Culture Festival. During the year Art8 also supports a diverse range of arts based events in order to bring theatre, music and visual art to Newquay. Art8 aims for the highest stand of quality but also seeks to make art and performance accessible to all. Art8 also seeks to generate the necessary resources and efficiently manage those resources in support of our mission