Glastonbury Festival regulars Block 9 and guerrilla artist Banksy have come together to present the Dismaland Bemusement Park exhibition at the Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare, dadvertised as "The UK's most disappointing new visitor attraction".
Banksy's 'Dismaland – a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism' will be a sinister twist on Disneyland happening in the derelict Weston-super-Mare white elephant of Tropicana and opens this Saturday 22nd August and will stay open for five weeks until Sunday 27th September.
It is billed as the finest collection of contemporary art ever assembled in a North Somerset seaside town, and will be open each day from 11am until 11pm with acts confirmed including DJ Yoda, Peanut Butter Wolf, and Breakbeat Lou (28/08), Run the Jewels, and DJ Dapper Dan (4/09), a comedy night with Roger Monkhouse, Simon Munnery, Adam Bloom, Mick Ferry, Michael Fabbri, and Katherine Ryan (11/09), Sleaford Mods, Savages, and a local band (18/09), and Kate Tempest, Pussy Riot, and Bristol legends Massive Attack (25/09).
Other attractions on the derelict site include Jimmy Cauty’s Model Village, Cinderella’s Castle, Guerilla Island with Comrades Advice Bureau and workshops in how to hack billboards, Ben Long's scaffold stallion, an armour plated riot control vehicle play area with slide, an oil caliphate themed crazy golf course, a Giant Pin Wheel commissioned by Banksy to power the entire site, a Kids Enclosure that combines soft play and loan shop, a Punch and Julie Burchill with references to Jimmy Saville and Fifty Shades of Grey, a puppet revue show constructed entirely from the contents of Hackney skips, a Jeffrey Archer Memorial Fire Pit, Nettie Wakefield's portraits of the back of your head, a picnic table twerking by Michael Beitz, Truck-mounted outdoor cinema playing a rolling program of short films day and night, A gothic sculpture park in a tiny big top tent, twisted amusements including Banksy’s Mediterranean boat ride, and two juggernauts performing ballet by Mike Ross.
In the small print of the website it states the following are strictly prohibited in the park – spray paint, marker pens, knives and legal representatives of the Walt Disney Corporation.
Tickets are priced at £3, free for the under 5's. Capacity is limited, visit the ticket page and book a time slot for guaranteed entry.
For more information see the Dismaland website (here).
This event is not officially connected to Glastonbury Festival which will take place on the last weekend in June, that's from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th June 2016.
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