Heritage festival set for fifth outing in Staithes

The Festival of Arts and Heritage returns to Staithes for a fifth year.
The Festival of Arts and Heritage returns to Staithes for a fifth year.

The fifth annual Festival of Arts and Heritage returns to Staithes in September - with organisers promising another action-packed year.

Over 100 artists will descend on the village with their paintings, prints, sculpture, jewellery, glass and crafts for sale in pop-up galleries all around the village.

Last year’s event attracted 5,000 visitors and it is hoped that will be replicated during this year’s two-day spectacular.

A spokesperson said: “Roaming the alleys and ginnels, you’ll be entertained by an assortment of great musicians and bands including an unmissable performance of stirring songs of the sea from the Men of Staithes and concerts throughout the weekend.

“After dark an outdoor cinema shows images and film footage of the village’s rich past - with live piano accompaniment.

“Then, down on the beach, help light artist Mick Stephenson create the biggest and best glow stick installation in the world.

“Industrial sculptor Andy Shaw’s fire basket installations, including a flame-breathing Fire Dragon, will keep you warm if it’s chilly.

“The light generated will throw spectacular shadows onto the cliffs of dinosaurs created by sculptor Emma Stothard.”

There will be workshops on offer during the festival including a class with Teesside artist and Eton drawing master Ian Burke whose own work will also be on show during the weekend.

As ever, there will be a variety of speakers at the event.

Talks this year will focus on the Staithes Group of Artists, fossil hunting, the botany of the local coast, and the search for the missing matter of the universe at nearby Boulby Mine.

This year’s Heritage Exhibition is on the Railway Years with a talk by railways expert Dr Michael Williams.

For more information, visit www.staithesfestival.com or search the Facebook page.