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Image: The Mixtape by Bettie Hope

Little Waterfronts heralds the rebirth of Hartlepool’s Waterfront Festival, serving up a series of eight appetizers before the main festival feast in August. Eight individual little moments of high quality artistic happenings will be delivered to new audiences in both the real and the digital world, each with its own bespoke Tarot design available from each location.

A particular highlight is The Mixtape, a compilation of local emerging musical artists which will be broadcast from lamppost speakers every Saturday in June around Church Street as a prelude to their performances at the festival in August, expect to hear tracks from PICNIC, Michael Gallagher, Jodie Nicholson, Mt. Misery, bigfatbig and more. Pick up a limited edition CD (only 250 available from Hartlepool Art Gallery) or seek out the Spotify playlist to listen at home.

The Drag Queens gives an opportunity to relive the Waterfront Festivals of years gone by with cabaret troupe Bonnie & The Bonnettes. Pull up a deck chair as they take over Ward Jackson Park on Saturday 5th-Sunday 6th with drag, wigs and pop-up lip sync performances!

Choose to immerse yourself in an audio walk along North Gare before turning to focus on The Headland with Tees Women Poets. The Women is a two-part spoken word experience interweaving five female voices, speaking of runaways, families, the seasons, climate change and the women of the Tarot and ancient Hartlepool (Monday 21st and Friday 25th). Or why not take a pilgrimage parallel to The Sea at Seaton Carew beach on Saturday 19th and question the past, present and future along a 1.5 mile path of sandcastles, as they become consumed and destroyed underfoot by the elements.

The Spirits is a Heritage walk that lets you experience the sights, sounds, characters, eccentric traditions, music and even the lost tastes of an ancient community – which may be just a figment of your imagination (6.30pm & 8.30pm, Saturday 26th). While Time is a collection of spoken word pieces delivered directly to camera, exploring how our lives have changed dramatically over the past year; birthdays on Zoom, restrictions and the days just merging together with our usual way-markers cancelled (date/location TBA).

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