Quirky and original, Falmouth's Arts Festival SPLASH takes place over the third and fourth weekends in September in a 9-day fun event of music, drama, art and heritage walks to celebrate the diversity and talent of local artists.
The mission of the Falmouth Business Improvement District (BID) is to create an explosion of sight and sound with SPLASH performances by poets and actors, SPLASH exhibitions of local artists including workshops and an art auction, SPLASH Art with pop-up art in shop windows throughout the town and SPLASH Literature with some exceptional invited guests and speakers each year.
2014 highlights will surely be the Poetry Postie, Sally Crabtree as she does her rounds of the town reading poetic letters or bursting into song with singing telegrams! You can pick out a parcel or have a ride on the postie bike and ring that bell as part of her festival routine.
On a more serious note the Story Republic and Suitcase Singers will be entertaining on the final Saturday in a free event. On the final Sunday look for the contemporary Freefall Dance duo performing on the streets and help recreate one of Grace Gardner's masterpieces on a huge scale. You can even leave your thoughts on the scribble boards dotted around the town.
SPLASH Book Fest in Falmouth
Within the Falmouth Arts Festival is the SPLASH Book Fest known as SPLASH Bites. Hear entertaining talks by award-winning authors and screenwriters such as Emma Frost, enjoy storytelling by Three Writers at Belvoir Lettings and pick up many tips during this quality festival time for writers.
Another sector of the festival is SPLASH Art with an exhibition of Grace Gardner's abstract artworks on display free at the Falmouth Art Gallery. Alternatively, enjoy the series of painting, sculptures and film footage featuring Cornwall's fishermen at work at the National Maritime Museum.
Follow the clues in the Falmouth Arts Festival Pop Up Art Trail
Local retailers are always keen to play a part in the festival and team up with Cornwall Hospice Care to give a new twist to window shopping. There will be pop-up art exhibitions in the most unlikely places, such as Pizza Express and the Brewery Yard on the Old High Street!
The Art Trail gives a new dimension to window shopping in Falmouth as visitors scour shop windows for clues. Dance and drama productions can be found in local wine bars where you can also join well-known authors for Q&A sessions and discussions to inspire and inform. There are sure to be plenty of opportunities to pick up tips and make new friends in these informal groups.
Something for every age and taste
Whether you are interested in new plays, dance, drama, art and design or literature, the colourful SPLASH Falmouth Arts Festival is well worth visiting. Expect the unexpected with popup art around the town and admire the town mural from a past event which can be seen from Events Square. It was commissioned by the Falmouth Art Gallery and they will have more workshop activities during SPLASH 2014.
Other events include are the Art Auction of over 50 local artworks to raise funds for local charities, the quirky SPLASH Dance on the streets and the School of Noises. I'm really looking forward to attending the Tapas Tales on Friday 26 September 2014 which sounds like it combines two of my favourite things ‐ storytelling and lip-smacking food ‐ in this ticketed evening event.
We'd love to hear from anyone who has attended Falmouth Arts Festival in previous years. What was the best part for you and what would you recommend about the festival to other visitors?