COAST Festival of the Arts is an annual weekend of events that takes place in the beautiful Banffshire Coast towns of Banff & Macduff, in the last full weekend in May.

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Coast Banners © 2013 David Blyth; Commissioned by Coast; Funding by Aberdeenshire Council

Our Festival is a family-friendly programme of visual arts, music, workshops and public participation events.

The programme features a huge range of venues, from Banff beach to Duff House, from pop-up shops to pubs.

We believe the arts and collective ’people’ events have a positive effect on our sense of community, self respect and our creative imagination.

We are supported in this by sponsorship from local business, donations from community groups and individuals, and for specific projects, by Aberdeenshire Council.

Coast is run by a Community Association, all our activities are not-for-profit. We are always looking for volunteers willing to get involved. You can contact us through www.coastfestival.org.uk and come along to our meetings.

We aim to:

  • Run art workshops, exhibitions and events so people who rarely get a chance to do such things can enjoy them.
  • Provide a place for community groups to get involved and do their own thing.
  • Create artist commissions and events to support the cultural life in our area.
  • Encourage visitors into our area.

This year’s Festival programme is available, either in hard copy or downloadable from this website.

You can also follow the build-up to each Festival on our Facebook Page

You can contact us at info@coastfestival.org.uk.

Thanks to our event sponsors:

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For all assistance and support in-kind we thank: Aberdeenshire Council, Staff at Macduff Marine Aquarium, Staff at Aberdeenshire Council Halls and Community Centre, Banff Day Services, AD Walker, Lynda Wiseman, Graeme Curran, Julian Watson, Alexander Paterson Ship Chandler, Banff Round Table, Banff Parish Church, Banff Castle Association, the Friends of Tarlair, Banff Sailing Club, Harley’s Macduff, Deveron FM, Graham Legge, Lewis Cooper and all our other volunteers, supporters and contributors. We give a particular thank you to Historic Scotland for opening Duff House free of charge for the Coast weekend.

Funding for Coast Commissions was received from Aberdeenshire Council’s Public Art Scheme.

Coast Festival 2015 is managed by a committee made up of the following people:

Alison Simpson (Chairman), Amy Davenport, Bryan Angus, David Watson Hood, John Mackie, Kate James Bain, Nic Whitehouse, Rachel Kennedy and Hazel Weeks. We are supported by Louise Hall Administration Services.

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