Stage set for exciting Coastival weekend 110 events at Scarborough arts festival


Scarborough will burst into life on 18th and 19th February when more than 100 events are held as part of the popular annual Coastival arts festival.

A huge bid to recreate Scarborough in 3D in the computer game Minecraft will be one of the star attractions over the weekend.

‘Coastival – The Unexpected’ will feature 110 events, the majority of them free, across 32 venues, including unusual locations like the railway station and Scarborough’s disused prison building.

Coastival director Wendy Holroyd said: “The stage is set for Coastival 2017 and we are really looking forward to getting under way.

“This year’s theme is the unexpected and we have a full weekend packed with some of the best creative talent from our local area and from the rest of the UK and abroad, in unusual locations, right here in Scarborough.

“Obviously the Minecraft project is something totally new and unique that we have never attempted before but aside from that we have music, performances, visual arts and activities for youngsters in a wide variety of locations across the whole festival. It promises to be a really diverse, exciting weekend.”

Four new commissions will take centre stage. One is a bid to recreate Scarborough in 3D in the game Minecraft. This might require quite a lot of computing power and several no lag Minecraft hosting servers, as there are going to be many people and communities attempting this massive feat on the widely popular game. Having an exclusive server that hosts the game for the festival could be necessary so as to enable everyone to enjoy improved speed and better control over the game.

Minecraft is a popular sandbox video game that allows players to create 3D worlds using digital blocks.

The game also enables players to use minecraft server hosting to enjoy multiplayer modes and explore the digital creations of others.

Minecraft servers have also soared in popularity in recent years. Servers add a whole new dimension of gameplay that can create new challenges and quests for players to complete. For example, MCMMO Minecraft servers allow gamers to explore individual levels where they can learn different skills and different abilities to use in combat.

This has been a community effort including schools, colleges, community groups and individuals, painstakingly creating Scarborough in Minecraft and will culminate in a huge Minecraft event over the Coastival weekend at the Spa.

The other commissions are “Market Hall Myriad of Music and Madness”, a dynamic music and comedy night at Scarborough Market Hall and Vaults; ‘See (Glass)’ a lit sculpture at the Spa, created out of glass fragments collected from local beaches and ‘Sunny spells with a chance of snow’, a novel recreation of a seaside experience condensed into a tiny caravan, also at the Spa.

For full details of all the events, including ticket information please visit or call 01723 384545.

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