LeftCoast unveils programme for 2015

LeftCoast have today unveiled their programme of amazing art activities taking place across Blackpool and Wyre during the rest of 2015. From jaw-dropping spectaculars that you?ll remember forever to intimate experiences in neighbourhoods, the programme aims to delight and excite residents and visitors alike over the coming months.

Kicking off the programme for the next six months is the SpareParts Festival taking place on Tram Sunday 19 July in partnership with Fleetwood Festival of Transport and Wyre Council. The festival has been created in partnership with community members from Fleetwood who have helped to select the performers all of which have a transport theme to their work. The highlight of the festival will be Extraordinary Bodies, a professional integrated circus company, who will present their new show Weighting on a spectacular flying staircase at 1pm and 5pm.

LeftCoast were also integral in the successful Coastal Community Fund funding secured for the world famous Blackpool Illuminations and will be programming the new elements of the project taking place at Brilliance on Birley Street. Six weekends of performance, circus and fire will take place throughout the illuminations season with some of the very best national and international companies on the streets at the early evening events.

Throughout the summer, LeftCoast will be continuing their work in communities with projects taking place across Blackpool and Wyre in your neighbourhood. Squash Nutrition will be running a series of activities focused on food and creative growing on Grange Park; while on Mereside residents with a series of events exploring green spaces and how they can be used for creative play.

The Mount Pavilion in Fleetwood will be continuing to develop as an arts hub for the town with a new ?Shape the Space? group advising on what activities and events will take place in the space. Residents and agencies from Fleetwood have been brought together by LeftCoast and are excited about the possibilities that the pavilion can offer to the people of Fleetwood as an arts space.

In Autumn LeftCoast in association with They Eat Culture will present Banquet, a two day event at the Winter Gardens centred on food and the rituals associated with it. Starting on Friday 23 October the event will see a performance by theatre company Unfinished Business who be creating a show alongside young people from Blackpool based homeless charity Streetlife. On Saturday 24 October a full day of activities including two specially artist created meals and a series of talks, installations and information stalls all on offer for the public.

Continuing to support the thriving arts and creative community a host of sector development opportunities are on offer as well. Golden Section, LeftCoast?s monthly creative conversations with visiting artists, has a new line up of speakers with contemporary artist Bob & Roberta Smith, Turner Prize Nominated architects Assemble, and Joss Arnott, one of the UKs top dance choreographers.

A programme of training and professional development is also available over the coming months with experts on hand to share their skills. Artists and creatives living, working or studying in Blackpool and Wyre can access the free sessions which cover everything from how to manage projects to accessing funding through trusts and foundations; monitoring and evaluation to how to find work in the art world ? plus more besides.

Self-directed learning programme LeftCoast Express will return for another round of funding in September giving artists the chance to go and visit experts in their field, develop their skills and bring knowledge back to Blackpool and Wyre.

For those wanting to develop their own projects Future Popular gives artists and communities the chance to gain small commissions for arts projects. There is a simple application process and LeftCoast staff can support people with their applications, which can be submitted in September.

Julia Turpin, Executive Director at LeftCoast, said:

?We?re really pleased with the programme that has been developed for the next six months with the support of our partners. Last year was a huge success and it was really fantastic to see such a diverse range of work taking place through Blackpool and Wyre, and we?re excited to build on that this year.?

?There is a wealth of fantastic spaces and artistic talent in the area and we?re dedicated to joining the dots between those people and the communities around them. Arts and culture has the potential to be a huge catalyst for change in Blackpool and Wyre and this is an opportunity for everyone to be part of the art transformation taking place ? join us and make art happen.?