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Exmouth Festival - 2022

It was wonderful to see the Exmouth Festival back this year, having been cancelled which for the two years in a row due to the Covid pandemic. It ran from 2 June until 5 June with live music, theatre, circus and art, along with a range of food and drink stalls. Details are at https://exmouthfestival.co.uk/, in the Exmouth Journal and at https://exmouth.nub.news/news/local-news/exmouth-set-to-celebrate-queens-platinum-jubilee-weekend-132095 and on the Exmouth Town Hall website at https://exmouth.gov.uk/exmouth-festival/.

Your views on the arts locally

In March 2022 we were invited to put forward our views on East Devon's cultural scene for the next decade - https://eastdevon.gov.uk/community-engagement/culture-strategy-consultation/. This is all about about East Devon’s cultural scene – including everything from our museums and theatres to art galleries. It all comes as part of a new cultural strategy EDDC is developing which looks to set out an ambitious, ten-year vision and plan of action for how EDDC can develop and deliver creative activities across East Devon. The strategy is being made with the help of consultants Festivals and Events International (FEI).

Latest news: The culture strategy had now been published, and you can read it and download it from the EDDC website at https://eastdevon.gov.uk/media/3724566/culture-strategy-2022-2031.pdf

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

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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