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Call to Exmouth residents to help rejuvenate seafront

An art gallery is encouraging Exmouth residents to join a new project which hopes to rejuvenate a section of the Exmouth seafront. The Abode of Love is a 342-foot long, flood defence in Exmouth and is a popular area for residents and tourists. The Thelma Hulbert Gallery alongside Exmouth artist Anna Fitzgerald, will be creating a ‘To be continued...’ commission at the Abode of Love and wants to hear the opinions from local artists and creatives on what the future of the area should look like.

To continue reading about this, please go to the article in the Exmouth Journal at https://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/abode-of-love-seafront-rejuvination-1-6736164

Blackmore Youth Theatre

Although the Blackmore Theatre building has been closed temporarily, the full passion and drama of youth theatre has been experienced by many from the Blackmore Youth Theatre (BYT) group throughout lockdown. Read more about this in the Exmouth Journal here - https://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/virtual-theatre-in-exmouth-1-6755795

Funding plea from Exmouth’s Centre Stage

The coronavirus pandemic has had a ‘huge impact’ on Centre Stage and its performances with all shows being cancelled. This, along with the lack of income from hiring out of costumes has meant the company faces a race against time to raise funds and secure its future. To read more about this go to The Exmouth Journal at https://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/fundraising-plea-from-centre-stage-1-6751233

East Devon Rock Choir

Choir leader Vikki Hewitt quickly acquired the skills that were necessary to host virtual Zoom sessions with the 250 members of the East Devon Rock Choir. Under her guidance and tutorship, members are learning and rehearsing new songs three times a week. Read more here - https://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/east-devon-rock-choir-sing-online-1-6755998

Arts by the sea? Plans for the Queen's Drive development

Hemingway Design with EDDC held two open events on 13 & 14 November 2019 about proposals for the development of Phase 3 of the Exmouth Queen's Drive area on the seafront. What is being proposed was set out on display boards, and these are at:

The results of the Hemingway survey of residents and visitors are at https://www.hemingwaydesign.co.uk/documents/77/Exmouth_Survey_Results_FINAL.pdf, and this shows that there was little support for the building of a hotel on this site. Alternative proposals from local residents include plans for an arts/performance space, an interactive environmental discovery centre (telling the story of our unique coastline and estuary) and an eco hub, plus a café, a gift shop, and much, much more. Here are the links to articles about the alternatives: https://www.devonlive.com/whats-on/alternative-vision-exmouth-seafront-site-3476360?, https://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/alternative-vision-for-exmouth-seafront-1-6344586 and https://exmouth.nub.news/n/exmouth-environmentalists-call-for-the-creation-of-an-eco-hub

Reports about this presentation are at:

If you have any comments, please email contact@exmoutharts.co.uk. or send them to the email address shown at https://eastdevon.gov.uk/regeneration-projects/regeneration-projects-in-exmouth/queens-drive/a-vision-for-queens-drive-exmouth/.

Exmouth Festival 2019

Established in 1996, Exmouth Festival is run by Exmouth Town Council and has been growing year on year. Held on the last May bank holiday each year, on The Imperial Recreation Ground, Exmouth Festival is a major event in the county’s cultural calendar. It brings in a huge number of visitors to the town and really puts Exmouth on the map as a place where music, art and culture are nurtured and grown.

Thanks to its origin, Exmouth Festival is highly attuned to the needs and desires of the local people of Exmouth and East Devon. Its Impact on the area is significant, contributing as it does to the social, economic and cultural life of the town."

Last year's Exmouth Festival ran from Friday 24 May until the late evening of Monday 27 May. The details of the full line up are at http://exmouthfestival.co.uk/lineup/

The Exmouth Journal has published a great set of photos taken at last year's Exmouth Festival - at https://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/exmouth-festival-2019-1-6075242

Exmouth Festival 2020

17th March 2020

"It is with heavy hearts that Exmouth Town Council must announce that our 2020 Festival which was due to take place from 22-25 May, has been cancelled. The decision has not been taken lightly but has been made in accordance with Government guidelines in relation to the current outbreak of Coronavirus/ COVID-19 in the UK and the need to avoid unnecessary strain on our public services such as the Police and NHS. All artists, traders and acts will be rebooked for the 2021 event."

More information is at http://exmouthfestival.co.uk/