Some big names from the world of comedy are heading to Essex for a new arts event next month.
The Southend Festival will see the likes of Hal Cruttenden and Kate Lucas use the stage to test material for The Fringe in Edinburgh later in the summer.
It’s part of a wider event also including art, dance and music.
Sunday 1 July and running until Wednesday 15 August, there’s a ton of fun to be had. For families, there are three unmissable events which will keep creative kids happy; Art Trail (12 July – 15 August), Paint Jam (30 July – 3 August) and Chalk Fest (31 July).
The Art Trail is a free event that will turn Southend High Street into a gallery. Local artists, will display their works in a variety of locations, including the Royals and Victoria shopping centres, Legend Deli, Grosvenor Casino and McDonald’s. Visitors can see these pieces – ranging from digital art, sculpture and painting, to performance and crafts – created by artists ranging from those who have never shown before, through to seasoned exhibitors.
Paint Jam sees a welcome return to Southend of some of the leading exponents of street and graffiti art working in Britain and Europe right now. London-based Mr Cenz is coming back to create one of his signature portraits. Cenz’s distinctive work features shapes, abstracted line work, photorealism and illustration. Southend’s very own Scotty will also be creating eye-catching murals. Joining in the spray-based fun will be another local graffiti artist, Karl Sims.
Renowned for his passion of involving youngsters with art, John Bulley is hosting Chalk Fest. Weather-permitting, of course, John says this event promises to be fun, bright and spontaneous, with unique artwork created on the pavements outside the Victoria Shopping Centre.
For more details head to www.visitsouthend.co.uk.