Hartlepool is in the midst of a revolution. With many becoming more and more aware of its rich and vibrant music, art and cultural scene, the town is fast becoming home to one of the richest cultural scenes in the Tees Valley.
The Wintertide Festival was once a festival that was most frequented by those immediately local to the area. However, its rich and varied programme has led to it becoming one of the Tees Valley’s highest quality Winter Festivals – and its 2018 programme promises to be no exception.
Over the past few years, the Wintertide Festival’s main goal has been to bring high-quality arts activities to Hartlepool Headland and, as anyone who has ever visited the festival can attest, they’ve certainly done that.
Although this year’s programme has yet to be officially announced, we have had a sneak peek and we can promise you that this year sees one of the most ambitious programmes yet.
As ever, Wintertide will begin with a community parade which reminds visitors of the heritage of both the area and the festival itself – owned and ran by the community. The parade element harks back to the rich ‘parading’ heritage of coastal towns, whilst reminding visitors that Hartlepool plays host to the Headland Carnival which has taken place consistently for over 100 years.
Throughout the festival, local artists will provide children and adults alike with the chance to take part in creative activities, many of them set outdoors in various places on Hartlepool’s Historic Headland.
In past years, the programme has featured an array of local and national artists and the quality of workshops has been some of the best in the North East – and all pitched at an affordable price. Alongside this, Wintertide will also see a covered market take place in the Headland Square, opposite the Borough Hall.
It’s not until nightfall that the real magic happens, however.
Whilst we can’t say too much about the artists who have been specially commissioned to create site-specific works, we know that the organisers have pulled together some of the North East’s most spectacular visual artists, some of whom have previously exhibited at large events such as Lumiere Durham.
Wintertide promises to rival any other small arts festival in the country with the strength and quality of its programme and is well worth a visit this month.
Wintertide Festival takes place between Friday 23rd and Sunday 25th November. For further information, please head to destinationhartlepool.com.