Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Thriving Arts Scene Is Still Growing; Theatre, Drama, Concerts, Folk Music, Artists and Photographers - Saltburn Has a Thriving Arts Scene, as JOANNE WELFORD Discovered

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Thriving Arts Scene Is Still Growing; Theatre, Drama, Concerts, Folk Music, Artists and Photographers - Saltburn Has a Thriving Arts Scene, as JOANNE WELFORD Discovered

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Byline: JOANNE WELFORD

ARTY inspiration comes in all forms. Galleries, paintings and photography - check. Theatre - check. Concerts from folk to classical and everything in between - check.

And, of course, a good old fashioned dose of fun in the form of traditional seaside entertainment so beloved of British resorts - Punch and Judy take a bow.

Visit Saltburn at any time of the year and chances are you are likely to come across at least a few of the abos ve thanks to a thriving arts scene that keeps on growing.

The town has its very own Saltburn Community Arts Association housed in a 100-year-old building that is both theatre and concert hall.

Much more than that though, are the groups of residents, businesses and volunteer organisations who work to put on events and showcase exhibitions every year - including a mammoth effort to put together the 150th anniversary celebrations this year.

But what is it about Saltburn that makes its arts scene so vibrant? Paul Lucas and John Taylor are the two man team behind the town's hugely popular folk festival.

Back for its 14th year this year, the celebration takes place this weekend and features a packed programme full of folk bands, concerts and street entertainment.

Entertainers and visitors come back year after year to the event, says Paul.

Last year more than 1,000 people attended -this year, ticket sales are already up on that. "The 'big' concerts take place on Sunday by some of the top UK folk bands and international artists," he says.

"Vin Garbutt will be performing, he has performed every year and is always popular. "People return year after year. Last year we had well over 1,000 people just coming for the festival - this year we expect more than that."

Its appeal, he thinks, is the mix of local and national/international entertainers and the fact that folk music appeals to a wide audience. …

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