Hartlepool Waterfront Festival 2019 – a maritime arts festival for the 21st century.
We are pleased to announce that this year’s theme for Hartlepool Waterfront Festival is ‘Harbour of Refuge’.
In the Victorian Era, a ‘Harbour of Refuge’ was the name of a safe haven for ships seeking free shelter from stormy seas.
The founder of the town, Ralph Ward Jackson, spent most of his life raising money to build a Harbour of Refuge in Hartlepool.
Sadly, the Harbour was never built.
But now, for 2019, the time has come where we will complete what he started.
Join us, as we build our own reimagined Harbour of Refuge.
At this year’s Hartlepool Waterfront Festival, we re-interpret his concept to celebrate the good-old Hartlepool welcome to those from different communities seeking a better life.
Join us as we throw the biggest welcome party you’ve ever seen. We’ll have the usual exciting line-up of family friendly arts and creative activities as well as music, theatre and community arts.
Get set to welcome one and all to our own modern harbour of refuge, including Brân, a 25ft tall Welshman who has been lost for a millennia.
Stay tuned for more programme announcements.