Save the Date:
Sat 3 July 2021
Marguerite Absolom McMurray, 1901 – 1983
Seaside Revival Vintage Festival is back!
On Saturday 3rd of July 2021 we will be celebrating Bangor’s heyday as a popular seaside town through the ‘At Home’ version of our popular vintage festival. We would love you to dress up and enjoy the day (safely and within current guidelines) with friends and family in your homes, gardens or streets. We will have a full online programme in the week running up to the day to help you get prepared, as well as on the day itself.
We’ll be back soon with more information about what’s happening, how you can support local businesses on the day, and competitions – including best dressed and best vintage garden bar. Many more to be announced. But for now, save the date, get thinking about your outfits, and start planning your home and garden decor for the big day.
In the meantime…
We’d like your help with something. As you know, our key motivation is to help regenerate Bangor through arts and culture, and re-position the town as a thriving and progressive seaside town. We do this through our August festival, year-round events, and of course, our Seaside Revival Vintage Festival.
This year’s Seaside Revival event has been curtailed again due to the ongoing situation we’re all in. However, that won’t stop us from celebrating Bangor’s long and rich seaside history. So, alongside our Seaside Revival at Home event, we plan to give some buildings and locations throughout the town a bit of a facelift, with large-scale street art. The pieces will reflect Bangor’s cultural heritage, unique location and ongoing regeneration, and will hopefully become a tourist attraction, and a source of pride for the people who live in the town.
As we plan this project, we would love your input. Please take two minutes to answer these few short questions. All responses will be collated and used to draft an informed artist brief, and we’ll keep you posted on the progress.
See what happened in previous years
Why Are We Doing It?
In recent decades local people have become increasingly disconnected from the town’s heritage. With very little cultural infrastructure and a failed retail sector, Bangor has suffered a downward social and economic spiral symptomatic of many British and Irish seaside towns.
Older people in Bangor look back with fondness to its heyday, but with a sense of regret for all that has been lost, while many of the younger generation who know little of the town’s past condemn it as a boring place to live. But we believe that Bangor has so much to offer everyone who lives here.
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Through this new vintage festival we want to revive positive memories and use them to create new ones. We hope to reposition Bangor as a modern seaside town, drawing on its unique assets of the seafront, a thriving community of artists and creatives, Victorian architecture, its closeness to Belfast – and most importantly, an appetite among residents for regeneration.
We believe that if local people can connect with their past, they will start talking the town up – a key part of the next chapter.
Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund Great Place Scheme, Seaside Revival aims to re-position Bangor as a modern seaside town – the Brighton of Northern Ireland – with a distinctive cultural offer. Additional support is provided by Ards & North Down Borough Council.
Led by Open House Festival, the Project brings together six organisations representing different businesses and community interests in the town: Bangor Chamber of Commerce, North Down Community Network, North Down Development Corporation, Boom! Studios, and Main Street My Street.
Translink have played a historic role in linking Bangor to the rest of Northern Ireland and we’re proud to have their support for another Seaside Revival.