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What’s on: Arts by the Sea festival fringe

Bournemouth’s Arts by the Sea festival is now in its eighth year and the programme is as varied, wacky and wonderful as always.

This year, we’re going rogue and concentrating on the new talent making up the Fringe programme.

Roxy Robinson, Creative Director of Arts by the Sea said: “The Arts by the Sea Fringe platform is a brilliant showcase for independent creativity in the town. Ranging from Steampunk markets to classical ensembles, we have a really diverse and exciting mixture of events within this year’s Fringe. We urge our audiences to support local talent and get out to see some Fringe events. There is something to pique all tastes, so you won’t be disappointed!”

For music lovers the choices are a-plenty. Anybody can join the Love Soul Choir Open Rehearsal at Citygate Centre (2nd Oct) in a rare, one-off, fun and uplifting rehearsal session as this contemporary ensemble, in perfect harmony, sing the likes of Lionel Ritchie, Clean Bandit and Tory Kelly.

Classical music will be celebrated in a series of ‘Parry 100 Festival’ concerts (29th Sep – 7th Oct) at St Peter’s Church, marking the centenary death of the Bournemouth-born composer and music educator, Sir Hubert Parry. Best known for the Commonwealth games anthem ‘Jerusalem’ – and less known for being christened at St Peter’s Church itself – Parry’s work will be commemorated by the Bath Philharmonia Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, violinist Jennifer Pike, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and more. For tickets see www.parry100.co.uk.

Parents who hung up their raving shoes back in the 1990s can take the little ones along to the ‘Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave’ at the Old Fire Station (30th Sep), while fans of something more acoustic can check out the Bournemouth Folk Club concert at Shelly Theatre (29th Sep) comprised of the duo Josienne Clark and Ben Walker who’ll deliver an emotional blend of delicate vocals and subtle, intricate guitar.

Over at the Bournemouth Library (29th Sep) guests can immerse themselves in ‘Space Frontier: A Megagame’ where they’ll become explorers and inhabitants of frontier worlds or take part in friendly and interactive Poetry and Art Workshops with leading poet and maverick, Chris Tutton (2nd Oct), as, in amusing style, he examines the link between an art movement and a written poem.

For children aged 6-18 years, the BFX Festival is set to be a unique experience in VFX and animation production. Curated by Bournemouth University and hosted at Bournemouth International Centre (6th – 7th Oct) it will feature a range of creative and inspiring activities including a green screen experience, stop motion and digital sculpting workshops, and a computer history museum. Tickets go on sale through www.bfxfestival.com in September.

Premiering at Arts by the Sea is ‘Cupid’s Revenge’ from one of the UK’s best-loved comedy dance theatre companies, New Art Club (5th Oct at Pavilion Dance). The show will explore topics of ‘real love’ delivered by the masters of comic timing, Pete Shenton and Tom Roden, who’ll bring together an entertaining, insightful and moving evening of physical and verbal dexterity that will leave audiences breathless.

‘One World By The Sea’ is also a must do (11th – 13th Oct) as it returns for its second year at venues across Bournemouth and Poole. The programme includes a global discovery event for the Lansdowne area, an evening of international music in Westbourne, an afternoon of cultural pop up events on Poole High Street and a family day in The Triangle, central Bournemouth, featuring food, music, dance and sport from around the world.

Elsewhere throughout the Fringe, visitors can discover ‘Suddenly Art Summer’ – a selection of artistic work from the 2018 graduating cohort of the Arts University Bournemouth (29th Sep at The Gallery AUB); the insightful ‘Soapbox Science’ featuring the subjects’ leading women answering science’s most mysterious questions (29th Sep, Town Square); ‘Picnic Park Sessions’ in the Westover Gardens (1st – 5th Oct), where a beacon of creativity awaits with live music, craft activities, silent disco, a studio photo booth, and so much more. And in all its magical simplicity, head to Russell-Cotes (4th Oct) to watch the sun set. Rarely seen from this vantage point, The Museum will raise its protective blinds to reveal a sunset of breathtaking proportions, complimented further by live music and drinks.

There is so much to see and do at Arts by the Sea 2018. The Fringe platform perfectly compliments the festival’s official core programme, which sees a first-time projection mapping on Bournemouth Town Hall, award-winning comedy shows, a remarkable night time carnival parade and much more besides.

Fact file

While most events at Arts by the Sea are free to attend, some do require tickets in advance. For details on how to obtain tickets and for more info about the content of the core and fringe programmes, including timings and locations, please visit www.artsbythesea.co.uk.



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