Sea of colour as crowds throng Larne for sizzling Summer Arts Festival

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Families enjoyed a sea of colour, music and arts during this year’s Summer Arts Festival in Larne.

Participants at the Larne Arts Festival 2018 Parade

Several fun events for all the family took place based on this year’s theme “Dancing in the Street” with local businesses getting into the spirit by creating dance inspired window displays and promotions.

And on Saturday, crowds lined the streets of the town centre for a carnival parade through Larne.

The town was awash with performers showcasing music and dance from around the world.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Lindsay Millar, said: “A huge congratulations to all of those involved in the organisation of what was a brilliant festival.

“There really was something for everyone and it was wonderful to see so many schools getting involved.

“The carnival parade was superb and the weather really played its part.

“We had more groups taking part than ever before this year and the festival delivered a feast for the senses for all ages and right across the town.

“From the Carnival to the Arts in the Park performances, there really was something for everyone in the family to enjoy and it was a truly be a great week in Larne.

“Council is committed to supporting art of all forms for our citizens and I’m delighted there was such a great turnout from people right across the Borough.”

Local artists worked hard on creating a series of specially designed lamppost banners, which were hoisted around the town and based on the theme of dance, which proved a huge success last year.

The new banners added to the existing creations, ensuring Larne was splashed with colour throughout the festival.

Larne’s traders, including RA Glass, Ann’s Pantry, Four Legged Friends and the Amara Trust, again threw their full weight behind the festival, busily creating special themed window displays and promotions.

On Sunday, the free Arts in The Park was another highlight with local artists showcasing their work, including Miguel Neves, Rosalind Fair and Audrey Kyle to name a few.

The event also featured live music by Larne Music Yard and Coach, and performances by Ta Da Irish Dance Company.

Visitors also had the chance to get a bit of hair up-styling by Crafty Belfast, watch C21 Theatre Company’s tribute to 80s dance, have a go at learning some circus skills and creating their own kite.

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