After thirty years promoting local, national and international talent the Bridlington Arts Festival will put on their last show this February.
The B.A.F. has primarily promoted local talent with support from more famous nationally known names. The committee has decided to ‘call time’ on the popular annual event, feeling that it has run its course due to the problems of finding potential funding and finding suitable venues at an affordable cost.
Chairman Mike Barnard said: “Bridlington Arts Festival has brought to the town over the last 30 years; the first Bridlington Street Art Competition,(or as it was known back then Graffiti competition), with artists from all all over England taking part with the venue being the old disused platforms one and two at the railway station and then moving to the seafront along the North Promenade.
A Continental Food Market and Street Festival was brought to the town for a week, ‘the Just a Minute’ Radio 4 programme was broadcast along with shows from Acker Bill and Kenny Ball, Jools Holland and comedian Jimmy Carr.”
Mike added: “There have been many other top-class performances such as the Swansea City Opera, Cameo Opera, Opera East, The Royal Choral Society and the Black Light Theatre of Prague who all appeared in performances at the Spa. Not forgetting The Buckrose Concert Band, soprano Emmie Beckitt and ‘Choir in a Day’ with conductors Alex Weatherill and later Ben Couper.”
As a thank you to all the local businesses and organisations who have supported over the last 30 years the B.A.F. Committee have decided to finish with the ‘End of the Show Show’ at the Spa Royal Hall, Bridlington on Wednesday 20th February. The show will be FREE and tables are allocated on a first come basis with 500 tickets available from the Spa Booking Office.
‘End of the Show Show’ Acts
The Remarkables Rhythm and Blues Show Group
Emmie Beckitt (Soprano)
East Riding Youth Dance
Ryan Wilson (Comedian and Vocalist)
Coastal Voices Choir
Geoff Broadway (Vocalist)
Leanne Brewis (Vocalist)
Midlife Crisis (Music from the 60’s and 70’s)
Chantons Accapelli Group
The compare for the eveningwill be Keith Fieldhouse