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Coastival 2013

Coastival: A Different View.

A total of 60 events, 54 of them free, made up Coastival 2013, including headline act music icon Boy George, playing a DJ set at the Spa.

Video mapping on the side of the iconic Spa complex along with music, entertainment, art exhibitions and installations and activities for children and young people, all formed part of the festival.

Coastival 2013 was something a little different this year for the mini festival. There was music and entertainment on Saturday and all the galleries had exhibitions lasting in many cases throughout February.

The music highlight was in the Spa Grand Hall when Boy George (DJ set) headlined Club Coastival, a fantastic evening of music and lightshows. He appeared alongside his VG Records partner and fellow DJ/Producer Marc Vedo (DJ set) and Holotronica, a combined music and 3D hologram experience.

Earlier, experts Lumen staged a light show, demonstrating video mapping on the side of the Spa building. From 6pm to 11pm on Saturday 16th February, people saw Lumen projecting a series of specially-created images and animations. Nine musicians took to the stage for the Acoustic Lounge from 4pm to 9.30pm at the Spa reception.

DJs Kista and Tooley presented Flashlight in the Spa Sun Court from 8pm to 10pm – an all vinyl extravaganza of funk, soul and hip hop.

Fans of the visual arts were well served with Woodend hosting exhibitions and workshops and there were installations or exhibitions at all Scarborough’s galleries, including Crescent Arts and at St Columba’s, St Martin’s and St James’s churches.

Bay View Coffee House on Foreshore Road; Coast Gallery and Tea Room in Cloughton and Blandscliff Gallery in Scarborough had art work on show whilst Mr Milo’s Coffee House on Westborough displayed local work and added gigs to afternoon refreshments at 1pm and 3pm.

For young people, Rollercoastival and the Stephen Joseph Theatre had combined to ensure there was something for all ages. At the theatre, Tiny Time Tales presented Jeffrey the Janitor and his Journey Through Picture Land, an interactive show.

Down at the Spa, Saturday Sunshine is the name given by Rollercoastival to a day of fun activities. There was the chance to paint and learn to drum before taking part in a sunshine parade later in the afternoon.

Also of appeal to youngsters, but equally attractive to grown-ups too was Shadowplay, a puppet installation by the Animated Objects Theatre Company at the Sitwell Library.

Coastival: A Different View, coincided with an open day at The Street, Scarborough’s new youth and community complex on William Street. It organised its own day of arts and cultural activities.

Image credit: Tony Bartholomew