Plymouth Marine City Festival
Outdoor cinema screening of Jaws, live music and family entertainment
An exciting collection of music, film, arts and cultural events are confirmed today as the latest additions to the programme for the Plymouth Marine City Festival this September.
The inaugural Plymouth Marine City Festival will run from September 8-16 taking in a wide range of Waterfront and City Centre sites to create a unique celebration of Plymouth and its links to the sea.
Latest programme announcements include:
- Outdoor cinema screen at Royal William Yard featuring the ultimate marine blockbuster Jaws, the classic Whiskey Galore and award-winning locally made films (September 14-16).
- Colourful parade through the Barbican featuring a samba band and hundreds of children in marine related costumes. The National marine Aquarium will be putting on a range of activities for families and children to accompany the parade which also coincides with the Blue Mile event. (Saturday September 8)
- Shipwrecks and Sea Shanties - themed day at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. With story telling for children about high sea adventure and real pirate booty, while for parents there’s expert talks on the wrecks in Plymouth Sound and the artefacts discovered. All to the backdrop of Sea Shanty singers and cream teas. (Sunday September 9)
- Fish Music – The Ten Tors Orchestra Strings and accompanying musicians playing live at the Big Screen in the Piazza. Innovative and improvisational music as fish at the National Marine Aquarium become the music notes on the Big Screen by placing a musical score in front of them.
The Plymouth Marine City Festival (www.marinecityfestival.co.uk) is aiming to attract thousands of visitors to Plymouth historic quayside areas and to highlight nationally and internationally the city’s standing as a leading European marine city for research, leisure, heritage and food.
Hosted at a variety of venues, including The Barbican, Sutton Harbour, The Hoe and the Royal William Yard, the event includes the first Plymouth Seafood Festival and the return of the Ecover Blue Mile.
Duncan Currall, chairman of Destination Plymouth, said: “The Festival is all about attracting visitors and potential investors as well as raising Plymouth’s profile nationally and internationally as a leading marine city.”
“We are delighted to be able to confirm new additions to what is already a high quality programme of activities offering something for all the family.”
The Ecover Blue Mile takes place on September 8-9 (www.thebluemile.org) with hundreds of people taking to the water paddling, swimming and kayaking as well as shoreside events full of information and exhibitions celebrating the marine environment.
The new annual Plymouth Seafood Festival (Saturday and Sunday September 15/16), organised by Plymouth Waterfront Partnership (PWP), will provide Barbican quayside stalls, live music, street entertainment and food theatre with top local chefs through both days.
PWP is also launching a Seafood Trail with restaurants and cafés across the Waterfront and Plymouth City Centre signing up to be part of a nine-day food event highlighting the very best in sustainable and locally caught seafood cooked to perfection.
The National Marine Aquarium and the University will also be making marine science fun by taking family-themed exhibitions and experiments out on to the streets as part of Just Add H2O (www.justaddh2o.tv) and the Science and Technology Showcase.
The wide-ranging Plymouth Marine City Festival, organised by Destination Plymouth, brings together visitor events, business exhibitions and the world leading Oceans of Potential marine science conference on the Hoe, an initiative of Plymouth’s marine science organisations and coordinated by Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML). The marine science in Plymouth is world-renowned with one of its organisations, PML, listed 8th of the world in a recent study by Reuters. The conference includes a public debate on the future of our seas chaired by BBC broadcaster Monty Halls and a public lecture by a previous Chief Scientific Advisor of the UK Environment Agency.
Other Plymouth Marine City Festival highlights include:
- Endless Summer exhibition – Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery - A spectacular look at British surfing over the last 200 years with a focus on Devon and Cornwall.
- Celebrating and experiencing art, music and performance with the City Museum, Peninsula Arts and Plymouth Arts Centre throughout the Festival
- A major marine business expo on Plymouth Hoe with bespoke events for inward investors, buyers and sellers
- A programme of music and arts throughout the week