Rap poetry to watercolours to be showcased in Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival

A coastal arts festival is getting ready to launch its second autumn of events ranging from fine art and photography and family fun to cinema, craft and music.

Last October more than 10,000 attended 65 events across nine days during the inaugural Coast festival.

This year from October 22-29 there are 70 events combining popular returnees from last time and many new attractions too.

The programme will be launched at a public event at West Runton Brickworks on the cost road on Saturday July 23 from 5-7pm where there will be a flavour of some of the events from surrealist poetry to mainstream art.

Festival chairman Mike Pert said: 'The aim is to present a wide spectrum of art that is comforting and challenging.'

The events, featuring local and national artists - and maybe going international next year - were not just displays of 'high art' but also chances for people to take part too.

After last year organisers were not sure whether to hold the event annual or every two years but a hugely enthusiastic response from artists meant it was back again 12 months later - with events spilling over from the main towns of Cromer and Sheringham into many more outlying villages.

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Art ranges from watercolour seascapes to semi-abstract mystical creatures. It includes the work and memorabilia of former theatre scenery and costume designer Jenny Griffin and workshops linked to the West Runton elephant fossils.

Underwater photography of marine life off the coast will also be on show, and a surfing exhibition staged in the Henry Blogg lifeboat museum.

Among other installations is a voting booth at the information centre in Cromer asking 'Does paradise exist?' with voters encouraged to explain or draw their versions of utopia.

There is also a rap poetry event and workshop, a literary lunch, a family 'open mic' poetry and storytelling session.

Glass craft will again be on show, and being made in workshops at the Belfry Arts

Centre at Overstrand.

Music includes a community singing project, classics, rock, and jazz while the Fabulous Swinging Chandeliers whose swing, boogie woogie and Charleston will provide the finale on October 29.

A fringe festival of many other events is also growing and will be flagged up by advertising boards once it begins.

More details will emerge on the festival website www.casaf.co.uk. To contact the organisers call 01263 519454 or email info@casaf.co.uk

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