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An established arts and film festival in a unique historic coastal setting


An International festival located in Whitby to enable local residents and tourists to experience great art and theatre in a unique and inspiring historic location. Locate and establish a base in Whitby for community drop in. For workshop training, TV studio and editing for broadcast. Green screen facility and training rooms. Coaching and industry standard creative writing. Audio engineering, Field production, Editing, Studio camera/floor directing. A plan to establish an on-line Internet Community Television studio for Whitby. We have identified the old Harbour Masters office, Whitby. Currently open for lease with SBC estates as a potential base.


Within the next 5 years to:

Become the leading European art and genre film festival,

Be acknowledged by our partners and audiences as a key player in the artistic and cultural life of the region

Make a positive contribution to the community and economy of the area

Provide an important platform for the work of young, new and emerging artists

Reach and create new audiences for contemporary visual art via drama, literary and film

Create opportunities for participation and critical debate.

The Festival Principal Values:


A). Artists, writers, actors, film makers and musicians our audiences, staff, volunteers, partners and the local community.

B). Young, new and emerging artists embracing industry professionals

The work

C). A site-responsive approach. Exploring place and situation.

D). Original thinking and a contemporary outlook.

E). Engaging, thought provoking and accessible arts, drama, film and performance

Place: Whitby

F). The town and its surrounds; its unique character and situation, positioned at a meeting point between rural and urban, agricultural, ancient and contemporary.

The way we do business

G). Creative collaboration with artists and partners.

H). Experimentation and calculated risk-taking in the pursuit of artistic excellence.

I). Education as a tool to increase enjoyment, understanding and access to our programme.

J). Open working practices to aid personal, community and artistic development (creating a way of working where there is continuous and open dialogue between staff, artists, volunteers and audiences).

K). Fiscal responsibility.
Company Aims

The mission, vision and values of the organisation have been translated into 8 aims which underpin the business. They are:

1. To be a leading coastal and international arts and film festival, engaging audiences and artists in contemporary artwork that celebrates, explores and responds to the town and its setting.

2. To work collaboratively with partners to develop audiences for contemporary visual arts and drama in the region.

3. To support creativity and the development of artistic talent, especially for new, emerging and mid-career artists.

4. During the period of the Festival to create a social and creative hub, encouraging artistic collaboration and debate.

5. To develop access, participation and learning opportunities within the programme.

6. To make an important contribution to the well-being and sustainability of the local community and economy.

7. To develop opportunities for training and volunteering, to aid personal, professional and community development. Developing a web based TV Station with under privileged, disabled and long term unemployed people. Offering a unique hands-on approach for community voices to develop skills and contribute to the community visually through the medium of moving images and social interaction. The Mission of the Community Television Network is to support, strengthen and enrich Community in Whitby and to assist its community and institutions in realizing their greatest potential through public access to electronic communication media.

8. To achieve our objectives within a framework of balanced budget and well run organisation


Over the last three years our Festival has clearly established itself as a key event in the Whitby calendar. We have to date invested over £140,000.00 of personal funding to maintain the festival.

Year on year audiences for the Festival have grown, with nearly 5,000 people attending in 2011; the festival has gained an enviable reputation in the USA, attracting many industry professionals. That has helped the Festival grow in profile and now attracts applications and interest from all over the world.

The Festival aims to develop an ambitious, high quality contemporary and theatrical visual arts programme, The vision is for artists, exhibits, drama, readings and invisible theatre to perform in every conceivable space in town; houses, historic buildings, churches, shop windows, gardens, pubs and public spaces.

We further wish to develop the Festival’s education and outreach programme which will reach further into the local community and invigorated renewed interest from all sections of the community. We’re proud that in 2011 over 18% of local residents actively participated in the Festival. The goal is 60% by 2014.


From world class performers to the very best home grown talent, unite to be part of a packed four days of exciting events, music, dance, drama and more.

With award winning poetry, acclaimed drama and vibrant productions Bram Stoker Arts and Film Festival CIC offers something for everyone. Previous years have included the Phoenix Dance theatre company with their dynamic trademark visuals, the highly acclaimed Vampires Tale and festival favourite characters from the world of Film. 2012 sees a long-term partnership with Newcastle Theatre Royal, varied and exciting performances can be expected. We have further had positive meetings with Whitby Museum, Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society to encourage participation at the venue via participation in activities, lectures and media. Partnered with Cleveland collage of Art and Design. Offering placements to enhance skills into the community.

Throughout the festival you can also take part in participatory workshops, run by some of the performers. We will be working towards multimedia workshops, exploring ways to combine digital animation with live performance and the other exploring techniques for including multiple screen projection in live performance. In previous years over 50 media students of Whitby Community College have attended Q & A sessions with writers, directors and industry professionals!

Contemporary Visual Arts programme

Enhancing the unique character and situation of Whitby and its surrounds, various elements of visual art will be situated throughout the area to engage, excite, inspire and challenge the viewer.

Curator-led walk and Artists’ Film & Video workshops will enable a relaxed and accessible way to enjoy the best new work from regional, national and international artists.

Much of the work is at our key venues – The Spa Pavilion, Whitby Museum -Pannet Park, Whitby Abbey with other work around town for you to seek out or stumble upon. Featuring, selected work from some of the regions’ best graduates and performers. The Festival will also be the ideal place to discover new and exciting talent.

Festival Fringe and Yearly Community Inter-action

An exciting new addition to the festival. The Fringe will give opportunities to individual artists, companies, writers, directors, actors, filmmakers and producers to locate and mount their own productions. New talent is fostered and audiences have the chance to see a truly diverse programme of events.

The 2012 Festival features an exciting programme of dance, drama, classical and contemporary music, performance, lectures and not forgetting the fabulous film programme showcasing classic and emerging talent

Entries for the Festival Fringe 2012 will open in mid May End.

Prepared by Mike C McCarthy. Director Bram Stoker Arts and Film Festival CIC 2012

Posted by on March 30, 2012. Filed under News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry


  1. markh Reply

    March 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Is that the rattling of a tin can I hear?

    After reading the way over florid mission statement I had pause fro a few minutes to remind myself this is a bloke showing some pulp fiction flicks.

    One word – Ironopolis!

  2. Batsy Beatrice Reply

    April 9, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Don’t mess with the Goths and WGW – its been running for 18 years. Booking the Pavillion for the ‘traditional’ WGW dates is not an invitation but an interception. Not a good start.

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