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Harwich Festival to launch Digital Festival for 2020

The Harwich Festival is pleased to announce a Summer programme of online activities which will include a digital HF2020, online community projects and weekly performances from grassroots musicians.

The Harwich Festival 2020 was cancelled in March due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and HF organisers, with support from Arts Council England, have developed an online programme that will feature a number of activities for people of all ages including:-

  • Live performances streamed on Social Media
  • A digital exhibition
  • Community Arts projects
  • Free online resources to support community art projects such as instructional films for Stop Go animation and a how make your own 20cm x 20cm artwork.

The Digital Festival will take place between the 25th June and 5th July and will feature nightly performances from an array of artists and genres spanning Folk, Jazz, Classical music and Dance. The performances will be broadcast via Facebook Live.

Community projects will also feature as part of the Digital Festival and will include online versions of the popular 20cm x 20cm Open Exhibition and the Harwich Shorts Film Festival, as well as a brand-new creative writing project. These projects will launch on the 25th June and will be supported by the afore mentioned online resources.

The Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre, operated by the Harwich Festival, will also be launching a weekly programme of live performances via the HAHC Facebook page.  Performances will take place every Friday night and will feature some of the regions brightest unsigned talent. Starting on Friday 29th May with a performance from Colchester based Rosalind Harniess, the project will run for 10 weeks. The Grass Roots Live Music Project, supported by Arts Council England, will give a feel for the centres live music offering which has had to be delayed due to the Covid -19 emergency.

Further information on the Digital Festival and community projects will be announced via the Harwich Festival website on the 8th June, 2020. Information on the Harwich Arts and Heritage Centres ten week Live Music Programme is available now via the HAHC Facebook page.

All activities will be free to participants though there will be an opportunity to further support the Festival and the artists through online donations. If you would like to support the Harwich Festival please access the Harwich Festival webpage www.harwichfestival.co.uk where further information can be found.


Peter Davis – Artistic Director for the Harwich Festival said:-

“I would like to thank all of our staff, volunteers and Arts Council England for their support in keeping the Harwich Festival arts organisation going. Through their efforts we will continue to support artists and the community during this difficult time.”

Harwich Festival General Manager Michael Offord said:-

“With so much uncertainty surrounding the arts, and the long-term impact of social distancing measures, we have been eager to find new ways to support artists, many of whom have seen their income disappear overnight. Running a digital programme allows us to continue to support them whilst also providing the wider community with opportunities to actively engage with the Arts through our digital projects. We are really excited to be delivering the HF and HAHC activities in a new way. I would like to thank Arts Council England for their support.”

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