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First Light presents Longest Days of Summer

Culture & Arts
Jun 21, 2021 04:00 - Jun 27, 2021 16:00
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Let’s reconnect with friends, family and the world around us, as we enjoy the Longest Days of Summer, 2021.


First Light’s programme is different this year – and whilst we cannot bring you a festival on the beach, we have plenty of exciting projects to get involved with, across the town and coast!

As we turn our faces to the sun and look to heal and renew after so many months of isolation, join us in June to rejoice in Britain’s most easterly midsummer solstice with our dawn livestream, visual art and music on the vast expanse of Lowestoft’s beautiful South Beach, and experience a town-wide art installation that showcases creativity and participation.

Let’s reconnect with friends, family and the world around us, as we enjoy the Longest Days of Summer, 2021.

Summer Solstice Sunrise: 21st June, South Beach or online on the First Light Facebook page.
Wake up early and watch the first light of midsummer hit the British coast and listen to acclaimed trio Kosmos playing live.

Beach of Dreams: 26th June – 27th June, South Beach
A spectacular installation of 500 individually designed silk flags marks the beginning of the 500-mile walk from Lowestoft to Tilbury organised by arts organisation Kinetika in partnership with First Light. The first stretch of the 500-mile walk from Lowestoft to Southwold will set off at 12 noon on Sunday 27th June.

The 500 flags, designed by the people of Suffolk and Essex and transformed into hand-painted, naturally dyed silk pennants will be on display over the weekend.

First Flight: 26th June – 27th June, Kensington Gardens, East Point Pavilion, Historic High Street
First Flight is a large-scale outdoor exhibition, featuring thousands of individually-designed bird boxes by acclaimed regional and local artists, crafters, schoolchildren and shopkeepers and business owners from the town’s two Heritage Action Zones. South Beach is the first landing post for a number of different birds that migrate from across the world to settle and breed. Working in partnership with Suffolk Wildlife Trust, First Flight will celebrate the region’s birdlife and shine a light on the importance of bird habitats in an urban context and fill the town with colour and visual art.

Adam Bridgland: South Beach, Lowestoft
View the latest beach installation by acclaimed UK artist Adam Bridgland. Located by the shore and dunes, Adam Bridgland’s typographic art installation Daily Essentials responds to the beach location and plays on themes of identity and belonging, nostalgia, emotion and perceptions of shared occasions.

Group A: 26th June, South Beach
Britten Pears Arts Group A, the singing group for ages 8-18 in Lowestoft and Ipswich will perform original music by Emily Levy inspired by shanties on the beach surrounded by the sights and sounds of the sea.

Xenia Horne: 26th June, Kensington Gardens
Classical harpist Xenia Horne will perform live in this beautiful outdoor setting.

PiNG MACHINE: 26th June, South Beach
Jonny Gee, bass player and member of the First Light Ensemble returns to the sands of Lowestoft with his dynamic PiNG MACHiNE jazz quartet for a high energy, acoustic funk, and bebop jazz set on the beach.

Los Perdidos: 26th June, South Beach
The Bossa Nova quartet will play cool rhythms Latin music grooves.

Alexander Costello: 26th June, South Beach
The acclaimed sculptor, performance and video artist Alexander Costello, will perform his latest iteration of ‘Apriori – or It’s Not About The Thing. It’s About All Of It And Doing Things’ Sunday 27th June 2021.

Kirkley Creates: 26th June, South Beach
Led by artists Carrie Phoenix and Kasia Posen from Suffolk Artlink working in partnership with First Light, Kirkley Creates will run all afternoon with guest forager Jon Tyler, choreographer Tim Casson and the project participants. The culmination of a series of small weekly get-togethers centred around Kirkley, this event will ask how we can creatively explore the place we call home alongside our friends and neighbours, through foraging, cooking, drawing and dance!

Shanties: 27th June, South Beach
The Lowestoft Longshore Men and the all-female shanty singers, The Silver Darlings from Southend-on-Sea will join forces on Sunday morning to entertain visitors with traditional sea shanties.

HighTide My Summer in Pakefield: Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th June, South Beach
HighTide theatre company will present a new short audio play from their commissioned writer Ben Weatherill (JELLYFISH, National Theatre), telling the story of Miriam a young Bluecoat at Pontins Pakefield Holiday Park during the hazy summer days of 1983. Nostalgic and bittersweet, a play for anyone who’s ever had their own ‘Dirty Dancing’ moment and for anyone who wishes they had.

Visit to view the full programme!


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