Welcome to Coastival and the beautiful Yorkshire Coast

This year we’re all about exploring and celebrating this wonderful coast, its landscapes, people and stories in all their glory! Be put behind bars, go under water, have a magical illuminated adventure or have your selfie animated on a giant scale with our four new Coastival Commissions. Join us for a weekend of headline acts including Cast, Asian Dub Foundation, Snake Davis and Hope & Social, plus loads of other free music events for a variety of tastes.

Enjoy our mini film festival, visit workshops, performances and artist talks. Animated Objects Theatre bring us The Song of the Leviathan, and if visual arts are your thing, then explore the various galleries around town. There’s the return of Rollercoastival, with even more creative stuff for kids, plus our spectacular opening event Polar Quest, which takes us on a journey over the icy wastes (otherwise known as Scarborough Seafront!) by Shackleton and his crew.

Thank you for your continued support over the years and we hope you have a fabulous weekend! Keep visiting the website to keep up with our news!

The Coastival Team

Latest News

The piano now standing on platform three … Chance to play a track at the station!

February 05, 2016

The piano now standing on platform three … Chance to play a track at the station!

Train travellers leaving or arriving in Scarborough could be playing some tracks of their own thanks to a handily-placed piano! The organisers of Scarborough arts festival Coastival are putting a piano in the station in the lead...

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February 03, 2016

Parade leads the way for Coastival 2016 celebration - More than 100 events to grace February event

EVERYTHING from a spectacular seafront parade and giant talking heads to art work behind prison bars and underwater lights and music will feature when the Coastival arts festival bursts into life in Scarborough from 12th to...

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February 01, 2016

Fine art flourishes at Coastival festival - Galleries get set for busy weekend

Scarborough’s art galleries and other imaginative venues are gearing up as artists prepare to show their work during Coastival. Artists working with paint, glass, textiles, paper, print and poetry will all exhibit during Coastival, from 12th...

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GET INVOLVED AND JOIN IN

Opening Parade

Opening Parade

Want to be part of Coastival 2016’s magnificent Opening Parade? This time we’re working with the Spraoi (pronounced Spree) Festival from Waterford in Ireland to create something spectacular! We’re looking for local groups and individuals to get involved, so if you want to be part of this great event, just get in touch!

For more information please email contact@create.uk.net

The Prison Drawing Project

The Prison Drawing Project

The ‘Prison Drawing Project’ is a visual arts project that explores contemporary drawing in response to the space/ building of Dean Road Prison, Scarborough. The ‘Old Borough of Scarborough Jail’ was built in 1866 but it has not been used as a prison since the 1960s. Since this time it has been used as an occasional set for films and TV series or as an atmospheric venue for events and performances.

Six artists: Tracy Himsworth, Andrew Cheetham, Andy Black, Kate Black (Gobstoppershop), Sally Taylor and Lucy O’Donnell will exhibit their work in the prison and work as a team to select a further 10 artists to exhibit alongside them. Therefore, 16 artists in total will be exhibiting in the prison. We would like to invite professional and student artists to become part of this unique and exciting event.

More details HERE

Coastival Choir

Coastival Choir

Join the new Coastival Choir and be part of a performance at Coastival in February 2016. You don't need to be an experienced singer or even to be able to read music. This is an acapella (unaccompanied) choir and we'll be singing pieces in harmony inspired by the Yorkshire coast - some new, some old, and some surprises.

The choir is taught by Bridget Cousins, who has been leading community choirs for more than 20 years. Her unique approach makes choral singing accessible to all.

Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays, 1.30pm -3.00pm at the Art Gallery from October 13th.

For more information please email contact@create.uk.net

Hope & Social

Hope & Social

For Coastival 2016 Hope & Social are looking for music groups to come and get involved with the festival's closing show in Scarborough's Grand Hall. Developing their ongoing project A Band Anyone Can Join they want ukulele groups, choirs, brass bands, string groups, drummers, kazoo orchestras...anyone, to come and join them as the ever expanding band and play a monumental show to close the celebrations. 

For more information please email contact@create.uk.net

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