Culture Day Bangor to return this summer
Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, Culture Day Bangor will return this summer, as part of the Open House Festival Bangor programme.
On Saturday 22nd August, from 12noon to 5pm, the Bangor seafront area will be bursting with sound, movement and colour in celebration of the wealth of creative talent which radiates throughout the town.
“We know that there is an abundance of creative talent in Bangor,” says Sharon Matchett, Culture Day co-ordinator. “Over the years the town has produced an host of successful musicians, writers, visual artists and other creative sensations, such as Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody and author and screenwriter, Colin Bateman, to name just two.”
In recent times it’s been Bangor’s creative underbelly which has kept the town afloat during a difficult economic period, with initiatives such as Project 24, street markets, open air theatre, outdoor cinema, music in the park, and Open House Festival itself. Culture Day 2015 will celebrate every aspect of that ever-increasing vibrant creativity.
This year the event will focus on the area around the Project 24 on Queens Parade, and the Sunken Gardens by the McKee clock. “Our geographic spread won’t be as wide this time,” explains Sharon, “but we’re planning on having just as much entertainment on offer – if not more. There’ll be a stage at The Hub, which we hoping will be occupied with one form of entertainment or another throughout the day. This is an incredible opportunity for creative people to showcase their talent – whether that be music, dance, theatre, the spoken word, magic, or movement. Anything goes! It’s quite literally a day of culture and creativity for the town and by the town – and we want as many local people as possible to become involved.”
Patricia Hamilton, Arts Office for Ards and North Down Borough Council, who are supporting Culture Day, believes it has all the elements of a hugely successful local event. “Ards and North Down Borough Council are thrilled to be supporting Open House Festival deliver the second Culture Day Bangor this August,” she says. “The event will showcase the range, quality and talent of the artists living in this area, and it is set to be a memorable day for visitors to the town from Bangor and beyond.”
The Culture Day team are currently looking for singers, musicians, dancers, magicians, poets, visual artists, DJs, comedians, ventriloquists, skateboarders, puppeteers, parkour and BMX enthusiasts, martial arts experts – or groups or individuals with any form of creative talent they would like to showcase.
Anyone with an idea to share, a talent to flaunt or a helping hand to offer should contact Sharon at Sharon@openhousefestival.com.
Open House Festival Bangor 2015 is supported by North Down Borough Council, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. The County Down Spectator is the official media partner for the festival. For more information about the festival go to: www.openhousefestival.com.