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Third Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival hailed a great success
BOURNEMOUTH’S third Arts by the Sea Festival has been hailed a major result for the town.
The three-week event ended last Sunday and saw a top billing of international and local artists with live music, dance and film.
Highlights included the flame-throwing spectacle of the Mutoid Waste vehicles stalking Bournemouth seafront and the many specially commissioned performances.
Carol Maund, festival manager, said: “With a host of sellout events, an explosion of activity over the opening weekend, plus the chance to get up close to the fantastical sculptural vehicles from Mutoid Waste after their participation in the Paralympic Games closing ceremony, this year’s rts by the Sea festival created a real buzz in the town.
“We were delighted to see so many people visiting and enjoying the wide range of events and look forward to seeing them again next year.”
Phil Gibby, the Arts Council director for the South West, said the festival remains important in enhancing tourism and the creative industry and will receive £300,000 of support for next year.
“Festivals offer a unique opportunity for large numbers of people to experience great art; they also enhance tourism and generate jobs for local people and artists,” he said. “We believe that Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival has the potential to help redefine the town and show that a festival can be a way of town engaging in a conversation with itself about what is important, how it wants to be seen, and what the future might hold.”
For more information please visit the website at www.artsbournemouth.org.uk.
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