There’s a cultural revolution happening in Hartlepool, with the Festival of Illustration, the Hartlepool Art Gallery, the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Museum of Hartlepool all drawing in the culture vultures. The town has big ambitions, which can be seen in their ambitious regeneration plans, parts of which are focussed on The Waterfront, formerly known as Jackson’s Landing.
At the heart of this development is a commitment to high-quality outdoor arts and culture, which is why they’ve announced details of the Waterfront Festival.
From Noon on Saturday 2nd September, the Waterfront Festival kicks off with a day-long programme of arts, music and entertainment, as well as some family favourites.
Through the day, the main stage will host dance and musical acts from across the region before being played out by a mystery singer. They’ve also feasted their way across the Tees Valley food scene to put together a Street Food market with some hidden surprises, including a Yorkshire fire engine that’s been converted into a craft ale bar.
Organisers have also released details of the equally spectacular Art Garden, with local living legend Bobzilla spraying up a storm and Stuart Langley driving his ‘Wheels of Industry’ into town, last seen at Lumiere, among many others.
It’s from 7:00pm that the real fun starts, with an outdoor cinema taking pride of place as they screen Speilberg classic, Jaws – the film that was chosen by the people of Hartlepool.
Be ready to turn your eyes to the water after 9:00pm to witness the wonder of La Baleine – a mechanical whale that is moving into home in Hartlepool Marina, in an installation on a scale the North East has never seen!
For further information about this free event please head to destinationhartlepool.com.