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Exmouth Festival - 2022

The popular annual Exmouth Festival which was cancelled for the second year in a row due to the Coronavirus pandemic is going ahead again this year. Starting on Thursday, June 2 and running until the evening of Sunday, June 5, there will be live music, theatre, circus and art, along with a range of food and drink stalls. Read more about this at https://exmouthfestival.co.uk/, in the Exmouth Journal and on the Exmouth Town Hall website at https://exmouth.gov.uk/exmouth-festival/

Your views on the arts locally

The deadline of Sunday 27th March has now passed to put forward our views on East Devon's cultural scene for the next decade - https://eastdevon.gov.uk/community-engagement/culture-strategy-consultation/

It will be interesting to see what everyone has said 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).

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