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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Staithes gets ready to throw open its doors and show off heritage

Prints will be on sale during
 the two-day festival.
Preparations are well under way for the historic fishing village of Staithes to throw open the doors of its quaint and quirky cottages to welcome visitors to its fifth festival of arts and heritage over the weekend 10 and 11 September.

More than a hundred artists will exhibit their paintings, prints, sculpture, jewellery, glass and crafts for sale in pop-up galleries all around the village.

As visitors roam the alleys and ginnels, they'll be entertained by an assortment of great musicians and bands including an un-missable performance of stirring songs of the sea from the Men of Staithes and concerts throughout the weekend.

After dark an outdoor cinema shows images and film footage of the village’s rich past with live piano accompaniment.  On the beach, light artist Mick Stephenson will create the biggest glow stick installation in the world. The light generated will throw shadows onto the cliffs of dinosaurs created by sculptor Emma Stothard, while a shoal of flying fish carved from wood by Ste Iredale will swoop from the sea.

This year's speakers include James Hart will discuss how he came by, researched and edited The Secret Staithes Diary, a 1901 Staithes holiday diary of twenty-year-old Enid Robinson.  Other talks focus on the Staithes Group of Artists, fossil hunting, the botany of the local coast, and the search for the missing matter of the universe at nearby Boulby Mine. This year’s heritage exhibition is on the Railway Years at Staithes when it had the tallest viaduct in the North of England, with a talk by railways expert Dr Michael Williams.  Once again local historian Bill Hinchley will lead walks through the secret history of the old smuggling village.

The festival features various workshops including a class with Teesside artist and Eton drawing master Ian Burke whose own work will also be on show during the weekend.

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