Unveiling of specially commissioned Sculpture to launch The Harwich Festival 21st June – 1st July

The Harwich Festival is pleased to announce that it will launch with a series of stunning visual arts displays on the 21st June at 7:00PM. The Launch will feature exhibitions of work from professional artists as well as community arts projects and the unveiling of the Mosaic Boat produced by Mosaic artist Ann Fielding Schwegmann.

The Festival will also host the ten- year anniversary of the Essex Summer of Art, which is the largest visual arts festival in the county- an exciting addition to the Visual Arts thread of this year’s Festival. The special exhibition taking place in the 1912 Centre will feature work from all of Essex’s twenty- five art trails and open studio events.

The Art Quarter (established in 2014) will be filled with exhibitions, there including -The Old Bank Studios who will be holding their annual show and will also feature a textile display with clothes by Lynda Monk who will be demonstrating on Saturday June 23rd. Affordable original artwork by local artists will be on sale as well as cards and prints.

The 20×20 exhibition returns by popular demand in a different setting this year. This will be the ground floor of the old Ebenezer Chapel. This open exhibition features contributions from all ages and in all types of media, the only stipulation being that submissions must measure 20x20cm.

The public art project Fishy Business has attracted a lot of people and the shoals of fish created will form an unexpected and surprising display along the waterfront – over 500 fish have been created and submitted by the general public.

Windows on Art, this year’s art trail will feature images taken by infra-red photographer Kirk Rogers. Be prepared to be surprised by the unique and unfamiliar images produced by using this technique.

The Visual Arts Exhibitions will be on display throughout the Festival running alongside a diverse programme combining Music, Art, Dance and Spoken Word.

Programme Highlights

Jazz, folk and World music

Dinosaur – 2017 Mercury Prize Nominees, Dinosaur [pictured] are one of the most exciting and innovative young bands on the music scene today, full of imagination and surprised – Led by BBC New Generation Artist 2015-17, trumpeter Laura Jurd.

Edgelarks is Phillip Henry’s and Hannah Martin’s most innovative work to date. As well as being their 4th studio album it also marks the genesis of a brand-new band name. Phillip and Hannah are former winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Duo of the year.

Classical Music

The outstanding Neopolitan pianist and chamber musician Emma Abbate teams up with the celebrated Tippett Quartet for a piano quintet recital at St Nicholas’ Church for Harwich Festival 18 sponsored by The Pier at Harwich.

Described as “an amazingly talented pianist” by the Italian magazine Musica, Emma is currently a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a staff coach at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

She has performed at many international venues and concert halls, including London’s Wigmore Hall, in addition to broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.

The Tippett Quartet have delighted audiences and critics alike for more than a decade and a half with their animated virtuosic performances and inspired programming.

Saxology – This well respected and long-standing ensemble has appeared at many leading arts events including the Edinburgh and City of London Festivals and the “World Saxophone Congress”.

Having explored the relevance of the saxophone through period arrangements, French classical, jazz and improvisation through to original contemporary music, Saxology are excited to embark on a new relationship with vocal music.


Spoken word

Standard issue  – Mickey Noonan, Hannah Dunleavy and Jen Offord, of the Standard Issue podcast, will be joined by comedian Jess Fostekew and Alison Inman, President of the Chartered Institute of Housing, to talk funnies, feminism and loads more.

A collection will be held after the show in aid of local charity CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse).

CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse) a registered charity working with victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse across the mid and North Essex, to provide them with independent, specialist support.


Harwich we need you! The future of dance hangs in the balance and it is your mission to save it. Glass House Dance invite you to join them on a clubbing journey through the ages. Calling all foot-tappers, dad dancers, disco divas, jumping jivers, old school ravers & shake-your-money-makers. Join the party and step back in time

Press Quote: Peter Davis – Artistic Director


Over the last few years we have developed a strong visual arts strand with many public arts projects such as the Willow Whale and the Panel Project and developed community projects such as 20 20 and Harwich Shorts. We have also increased the number of exhibitions and been a part of the Essex Summer of Art for several years. This has culminated in the Harwich being the proud host of the 10th anniversary of the Essex Summer of Art at this year’s Festival.

Not only will the people of Harwich and visitors alike have wonderful visual art but they will also be entertained by a great line up of music, dance and spoken word. In this years Festival Classical, Early Music, Jazz, Folk and World Music are all strongly represented and there will be something for everyone. Come and have fun.


The Harwich Festival will run from the 21st June – 1st July – For tickets and more information please visit – www.harwichfestival.co.uk or contact [email protected]

The Harwich Festival  is funded by Arts Council England, Essex County  Council, Tendring District Council and Harwich Town Council.

The Harwich Festival is proudly sponsored by Harwich Haven Authority, The Pier Hotel, The East of England Coop and the Alma inn and Dining Rooms