Wasson in Cornwall this June!

As beautiful as spring is, summer is when Cornwall truly comes into its own. Sure, it might be misty, mizzly, drizzly and doused in sea fret 80% of the summer but it’s worth it for those glimpses of what could be! Those crystal blue waters, white sandy beaches, long summer days, BBQ’s in the dunes, camping, coastal drives with the windows down, summer tunes playing and the salty wind blowing through your hair, bare feet on the pedals and flip flops chucked in the sandy backseat. Ahhhhhh yes. That’s the summer we imagine when we think of Cornwall.

There’s always loooooads going on in Cornwall at this time of year and June is no exception. From Tunes in the Dunes to a slew of independent film showings, it’s been hard to pick out the best bits, but let’s take a look at some of wasson in Cornwall this June.

 

Festivals in Cornwall

Tunes in the Dunes 30th June – 2nd July

There are some awesome bands playing at Tunes in the Dunes this year. My personal favourites, Backbeat Soundsystem are up as well as stomp machines Willie and the Bandits and Primal Scream, cool crooners, Xavier Rudd and Billy Ocean. There’s more musicians than would fill a small Glasto stage as there are no less than four stages this year!

There’s hot tubs, camping, food – basically all you want from a festival but with the bonus of it being on the beach.

To grab tickets click here..

 

The Great Estate Festival – 2nd – 4th June

It’s the first year this festival has been held but it looks like it’s going to be a welcome and regular yearly edition to Cornwall. A bit like the origins of the Secret Garden Party festival, this is advertised as a “garden fete” style weekend event in the “prestigious and mystical grounds of Scorrier House”. We can apparently “be sure to expect the unexpected…”

There are some stomping headline acts playing throughout the weekend including Echo and the Bunnymen, Craig Charles and the Electric Swing Circus. If you also fancy camel racing, secret Gin gardens, arts performances from across the globe, woodland silent discos and more. You can get day tickets for the weekend or just individual days, with or without camping.

For more info and to book tickets, click here: greatestatefestival.co.uk

 

Charles Causley Festival featuring Fishermans Friends – 1st to 5th June 2017

There are some great little festivals springing up in Cornwall right now, including this 3 day literature and arts event in Launceston as they celebrate its great poet Charles Causley. The festival kicks off with awesome local turned global singers Fishermans Friends at 8pm in the Town Hall. The festival celebrates literature and the performing arts including talks, storytellers and live music, walks and a food festival. Tickets are priced at £22.00 each, for reserved seats for the concert. You can book through the Cornish Riviera Box Office by clicking HERE.

For more information, check out  charlescausleyfestival

 

The Fal River Festival is a week-long not for profit community festival which encompasses over 150 events varying from music and drama, the arts and heritage to gig racing, swimming and loads more. With its diverse mix of events taking place at dozens of locations around the Fal River, the festival offers something for everyone and is the perfect opportunity to engage with life on the river and discover some of its fascinating history.

For more information, check out www.falriver.co.uk

 

Some amazing marine organisations in Cornwall come together for the Looe Festival of the Sea. Music, dance, photography, cookery, arts, rockpool rambles, beach cleans and loads more. It’s a great way to come together to celebrate the sea and support the organisations that work to protect it.

For more information check out looemarineconservation.org

Live Music

Gentleman’s Dub Club – 10th June

These Yorkshire Gent’s are back at the Watering Hole in Perranporth to deliver their unique and energetic brand of dub. Tickets for the 9 strong power house of bass are only £8 so grab one now!

For tickets click here

 

Film

The Poly in Falmouth never dissapoints when it comes to its film schedule and this month they’re showcasing some brilliant films including:

I am Not Your Negro (5th)


Dir. Raoul Peck | USA / France | 95 min | 12

In 1979 James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his new (and what would be his last) book Remember This House, which recounted the lives and successive assassinations of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Baldwin was not able to complete the book before his death and the unfinished manuscript was entrusted to director Raoul Peck. This penetrating and acclaimed documentary uses Baldwin’s enduring words to consider the triumphs and tragedies of the Civil Rights Movement in light of race politics in the US today.

The Handmaiden (19th)


Dir. Park Chan-wook | South Korea | 144 min | subtitles | 18

Inspired by Welsh writer Sarah Waters’ 2002 novel Fingersmith, The Handmaiden relocates the narrative from Victorian England to 1930s Korea, which is under Japanese colonial rule. This enables production designer Ryu Seong-hie to give full flower to her imagination, creating awe-inspiring sets rich with period detail, blending Japanese and British architecture.

Lady Macbeth (28th)


Dir. William Oldroyd | UK | 89 min | 15

Debut director William Oldroyd and writer Alice Birch move from theatre to film with an ingeniously realised adaptation of an 1865 Russian novella Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is a young bride, unhappily married to the nasty son of a wealthy mine owner. Unable to consummate his marriage, the husband is sadistic, refusing to even allow his young wife out of the house. Left alone when her husband is called away on business, Katherine starts to explore the grounds and initiates a passionate affair with earthy, ill-mannered stable-hand Sebastian (Cosmo Jarvis), while her increasingly concerned maid (rising star Naomi Ackie) watches on. Lady Macbeth has grand ambitions and exudes a rare vision and talent. Proving her knockout turn in The Falling was no fluke, Pugh amazes as a heroine whose behaviour shifts from steely proud to wild-eyed and deranged.

For more information on what’s on, click here

Art

North Coast Collective is a select group of Cornwall based artists, makers and musicians. They are exhibiting at Rock Institute from the 16 – 23 June 2017. This event is open daily from 10am-6pm and will feature furniture, contemporary jewellery, paintings and reworked lighting. All are welcome to the preview night with live music from the stunning folk duo Harbottle and Jonas on Saturday 17 June from 6pm onwards. During the week Artists, Ness Lannnen and Debbie Trant will be running sketch book workshops at Porthilly Beach finishing with an informal tea and chat at the Institute. These workshops are suitable for everyone from the beginner to the artist wishing to revisit the essentials. More info & to book on a workshop email studio@nesslannen.co.uk

More info see the facebook page North Coast Collective.

 

A Certain Kind of Light 27 May — 23 Sep 2017

‘A Certain Kind of Light: Light in Art Over Six Decades is a major exhibition exploring how artists have responded to light, its transience and effect. Encompassing paintings, sculpture, photography, and installation, it features artworks created from the 1960s to the present day by fifteen leading artists.

The exhibition considers the different ways artists have explored the various aspects of light, from its importance as a source of illumination, as a pure sculptural material, as a mysterious force and as a source of energy that can be conceptually converted into other forms. It includes Colour Construction by Peter Lanyon who was a leading figure at Newlyn Art Gallery in the 1950s and 60s, as well as camera-less photographs by Garry Fabian Miller who had a solo show here in 2008.

As part of the exhibition, and to mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of The Exchange, Cornwall-based artist Peter Freeman will reprogramme and update Lightwave, the dramatic artwork illuminating the glass façade of The Exchange that he first created when the gallery opened in 2007.’

To find out more, click here.

Concert – A Certain Kind of Light

Soprano Juliet Fraser returns with a specially created programme of new compositions for voice and fixed audio that voyages through meditation, memorialising, murmuring and mimicry to cast new light on what it means to sing and to be a singer.

Tickets on the door, £10 Adults / £5 U18s

To read more about the concert click here

 

Events

The Royal Cornwall Show – 8th-9th-10th June

The Royal Cornwall Show is back and even if you just go up to check out the animals, buy some local produce, cheer at the speedy sheep shearing competition purchase some wellies it’s always great to see some of the best of what the county has to offer. Supporting local farmers, makers and producers is also a great aside to a fun day out. There’s also some live music on both the Western Morning News stage, the Kelly’s of Bodmin stage and the main stage hosting its well known military band.

 

Food

Revolver Rum Night – Thursday 5th June

Calling all Rum lovers. Get down to Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Fifteen at Watergate Bay to sample some delicious rum based cocktails by the sea. Revolver Rum experts, Paola and Stuart are joining the team behind the bar to ‘shake up and stir classic rum-based cocktails and lead you to discover delicious new combinations.’ Luckily there will be small plates from the bar to soak up all the Rum Old Fashioned’s and Hemingway Daiquiris. Tickets should be booked in advance.

For more info or to book tickets, click here.

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