Southport Festival returned at the weekend bringing with it a full weekend of music, art and colour to the town centre! The festival, funded by Southport BID with Sefton Council, boasted a line-up packed with free family street theatre and live performance. Visitors to the Festival enjoyed a huge range of free interactive art demonstrations and creative zones designed for every generation to enjoy together.
Visitors stayed for hours enjoying the diverse range of activities on offer from magical street theatre performance to craft zones and dance performance. There were comedy shows for both adults and children alike in the Atkinson and visitors took part in a huge interactive pavement draw along the length of Nevill Street.
The festival, now in it’s 4th year, boasted plenty of entertainment for audiences of all ages with the community performance area Chapel Street drawing crowds all weekend. The Waterfront hosted headliners Soul ll Soul and Heather Small and gigs took place in venues throughout the evening.
Southport Festival is brought together each year through collaboration; directed by a steering group of representatives from Southport BID, Sefton Council, Southport Contemporary Arts, The Atkinson and The SDC alongside passionate members of the local arts community. The event is backed by majority funding from the BID with Sefton Council.
Rob Uffendell, of both Southport BID and the Southport Festival team says of the event “There was a great buzz in town all weekend as hundreds strolled through town taking part and enjoying all there was on offer. We have had some superb feedback from those that visited, people enjoying a full free afternoon their whole family could enjoy and soaking up the great atmosphere.
Our aims have always been to bring together communities, art forms, local talent and businesses to create a diverse festival that truly has something to offer everyone! We are really proud of the way the festival has grown. There is a real sense of coming together in the planning of the event and the venues that participate and host events are what help it grow. We hope we will be given the opportunity to keep growing it further and putting on even more free activity going forward”