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With the intention to animate the streets and engage, inspire and spark curiosity, Wintertide Festival returns to Hartlepool’s historic headland on Saturday 26th November.

The theme this year is Renaissance, and paves the way for an ambitious three year plan to scale up their activities after a turbulent couple of years which saw cancellations due to Covid and Storm Arwen. Visitors are promised outdoor art, music, performance, creative workshops, a makers market, carnival and fireworks, plus much more besides.

Highlights of the programme include Curious Arts’ illuminated performance of their fun, floral pop-up show Wildflower; a UV puppet show from folk storytellers Whippet Up; an interactive illumination with artist Dan Brobble at St Hilda’s Church and a hypnotic sculptural installation from Stellar Projects, The Stars Come Out At Night.

Workshops will include opportunities to learn how to make wreaths and rings, plus gain insights into papermaking, screen printing and ceramics. There’s more visual installations at Croft Gardens, where artwork will be on display by Rachel Gretton Glass, Northern School of Art and We Make Sound; plus there’s roaming theatre performance from Thingumajig Theatre and Rime of the Submerged Forest. Live music includes sets from soulful balladeer Lost State of Dan, surf superstars The Milk Lizards and honest songwriter Gaz Price, with more to be announced.

Wintertide Festival takes place in Hartlepool on Saturday 26th November.

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