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Festival fever hits businesses at Bangor’s Open House

Thursday 10th August 2017 at 9am 0 Comments

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Coffee houses, bars, butchers and boutiques are embracing the festival spirit and getting creative at this year’s Open House Festival Bangor (1st August-31st August).  Some 120 local businesses have pledged their support as Festival Friends, opening their doors to host events, as well as offering deals and discounts for ticket holders. As part of the initiative, nine local businesses have recruited artists-in-residence and will display their works in cafes, bars and restaurants around the town.

Coffee houses, bars, butchers and boutiques are embracing the festival spirit and getting creative at this year’s Open House Festival Bangor (1st August-31st August).

Some 120 local businesses have pledged their support as Festival Friends, opening their doors to host events, as well as offering deals and discounts for ticket holders. As part of the initiative, nine local businesses have recruited artists-in-residence and will display their works in cafes, bars and restaurants around the town.

Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s National Lottery funding, this year’s programme will include 141 events in 42 venues. Festival Director Kieran Gilmore, says: “Creativity isn’t exclusive to the arts - it extends to many other businesses, including food, retail and ICT.  We’ve been committed to transforming Bangor into a creative town for quite some time now and we are delighted to have 120 businesses signed up this year to bring us closer to achieving that vision.

“We know that the Festival has a really positive impact on the local economy. In 2016 we welcomed over 30,000 visitors to the town and we are confident the numbers will be even higher this year.”

The nine local businesses signed up for the artists-in-residency scheme include The Ava Bistro, Salty Dog Hotel and The Drawing Room Café. The businesses will feature a range of works including photography, printmaking, ceramics and papercutting.

Maria McAlister, Traditional Arts Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented: “The artists-in-residence scheme is a fantastic addition to the programme, creating public galleries across the town for all to enjoy. Festival-fever has really gripped Bangor this year and it is fantastic to see so many businesses getting involved and recognising the important role that the arts play in economic regeneration. ”

The 2017 Open House Festival programme features musicians, actors, authors, exhibitions and much more. Highlights still to come include up and coming New Zealand singer songwriter, Nadia Reid; The Lady Killers, two of Ireland’s leading female crime writers in conversation with David Torrans No Alibis; BBC Folk Club’s Sam Lee; and comedian, Steve Vertigo with his stand-up show, Standing on the Shoulder of Ants.

For more programme details visit www.openhousebangor.com
 

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