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Big Ideas by the Sea – Scarborough

Big Ideas by the Sea is a new environmental and creative festival that will bring to Scarborough some of the best speakers and performers from across the UK to talk about the big issues related to the environment, climate change, music, Ai and history.

The festival will be an annual event with the intention of becoming the leading environmental and creative festival in the North of England. Kane said, ‘We want to connect to people, to explore the idea of the sea as being a passage of ideas globally, a conduit for the exchange of culture, ideas, food, books, language, politics, beliefs and trade. An entry point and exit point for people leaving and arriving from all over the world.’

John Oxley said, “We are also planning a community archaeological dig in the Old Town of Scarborough. Our intention is to open up to 20 small trenches and to look for artefacts and objects which tell us more about the history of Scarborough. This ‘Time-Team’ style dig over the weekend will take the festival to communities that would not normally take part in such an event.  And of course, we have Professor Carenza Lewis of TimeTeam taking part in the festival!”

The festival has already attracted some top speakers to include mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE, Professor Joann Fletcher, photographer Joe Cornish and adventurer and TV presenter Paul Rose who will offer a virtual contribution from his home in Switzerland.

Kane Cunningham said, “We are also offering two world premieres of an interview with Sir Alan Ayckbourn and a musical performance of a new composition based upon the sea by John Pattison. To end the festival we are delighted to have the wonderful Martin and Eliza Carthy performing on the Sunday evening.”

The 2021 festival is funded by the Yorkshire Coast BID, TransPennine Express, Big Lottery Fund Awards for All and Anglo American

Big Ideas by the Sea - Scarborough
Scarborough, England, UK
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