National circus and street arts initiative created to encourage tourism

Tourists once flocked to England’s seaside towns, but after years of decline, a network has been created, bringing world-class circus and street arts to the coast with the aim of bringing tourists back.

The Coasters Touring Network brings circus and street arts to coastal towns around England and aims to brighten the culture of coastal towns for residents and tourists. Supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund, and led and coordinated by SeaChange Arts, Coasters is a three year project that brings top quality UK and international circus and street arts work to coastal towns across England.

The Coasters consortium of local authority and independent arts organisations has a geographical range from Blackpool on the west coast to Dorset and north Somerset, over to the east coast to Margate, Great Yarmouth, Lincolnshire, Hull and Tyneside amongst other locations.  Each Coasters partner will work with their own local partners to build audiences among the lowest engaged, while the project will also look to increase visitor audiences to each location.  An inspiring, vibrant, exciting and entertaining line up of events has been programmed with the coast in mind – reflective of coastal locations and audiences.

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