It's time for change at Sea Change Festival as it expands outside of Totnes, South Devon, to also use the nearby historic Dartington estate, via a partnership between pioneering arts organisation Dartington Hall and the festival.
More details will be revealed in the future, but Dartington will become the festival’s new ‘main stage’, hosting music until late and with a larger capacity than previously possible at Sea Change. There will be public transport provided plus a series of curated events to make the wander from Totnes to Dartington a big part of the event.
Dartington's internationally-renowned Schumacher College will create a special programme of workshops and inspirational learning experiences, based on nature and ecology, amid the beautiful surroundings of the estate. The partnership will also see culinary contributions from Dartington's new Director of Food and Drink, Oliver Rowe and a collaboration with the Head Chef of Riverford's esteemed Field Kitchen, Patrick Hanna.
Rupert Morrison, founder of the Sea Change Festival, says: "Sea Change 2018 reignites a long-standing friendship between Dartington Hall and Totnes, glowing in the embers for nearly one hundred years - built on common interest in art, literature, artistic expression, nature, community and, perhaps most importantly, the pushing of boundaries. For the first time we’ll be able to offer a large-scale space where everyone can congregate and party long into the night. As people who grew up in the area within the orbit of the Dartington College of Arts, we can testify that Dartington truly knows how to throw a party."
Amy Bere, Director of Arts at Dartington, says: "We’re really excited to be able to support this flourishing festival alongside our programme of live arts and the world renowned Dartington International Summer School & Festival. Sea Change’s vision and creative values very much align with our own commitment to musical excellence and creative curiosity."
Sea Change was founded by Totnes record shop Drift Records, taking place at multiple venues in the town - and now Dartington Hall too - and runs over the August Bank Holiday weekend of Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August 2018. The first acts will be announced shortly.
Tickets are on sale, priced £69. A deposit/installment scheme is also available.
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