The Ramsgate Festival team are delighted to be working with Garsington Opera for All for a second year running with an outdoor screening of ‘Handel’s sparkling masterpiece Semele‘ on Saturday 22 July, the opening weekend of the festival. Ramsgate is one of four UK locations taking part in the project, alongside Skegness, Bridgewater and Grimsby.
The Opera for All project is not only an outdoor screening, (as seen at last years’ Ramsgate Festival with a screening of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin on Ramsgate Main Sands), it’s ‘a large-scale programme of education and outreach work’. This programme is integrated with the free public screenings and provides fantastic opportunities for communities to be involved in creating, learning about, and performing opera.
Last year, Looping the Loop delivered the Big Opera Takeover; Pop-Up Opera in and around Thanet, art and singing workshops and of course the screening on the beach. The Opera for All project also included a programme of schools workshops which culminated in a Eugene Onegin Mash-Up where over 200 students took part in a performance during Looping the Loop festival of performance in October 2016.
Again this year, with Looping the Loop, we’re planning some more great activities for the Festival screening of Semele so we’ll keep you updated!
As Garsington Opera say… MORE…MORE…MORE.
Opera for All is a three-year partnership project between Garsington Opera, the charitable trust Magna Vitae, and the Coastal Communities Alliance, and is supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund. As a result of this partnership an online network – the Coastal Culture Network – has been formed.
Image credits: Main Picture and audience image, Cermanthe McKenzie, 2016. View of the screen from the sea, Lorraine Williams, 2016.