Seaside Revival is a vintage festival celebrating Bangor’s heyday as a thriving seaside resort. Conceived and organised by Open House (in addition to the annual August Festival) this FREE event will take place on Bangor Seafront on Saturday 6th July, 2019.
There’ll be vintage stalls, vinyl DJs, a record fair, classic cars, a vintage fashion show, a dog show, donkeys, Punch & Judy – and so much more, plus quality hot food stalls and a full bar to keep you fed and watered.Live music includes The Sabrejets and The Swingtime Starlets.
There’ll be dancing from the era of swing, jazz and big band, celebrating Bangor’s famous dancehall days at Caproni’s, Milano’s and The Savoy, plus a Disco revival for the children of the 70s and 80s.
One of the highlights will be a special resurrection of the legendary ‘Pickie to Pier Swim’ – a summer staple on Bangor’s calendar from 1910 to the 1970s.
There’ll also be several fringe events throughout the weekend, including Bangor’s Ghost and a revival–themed picnic in Ward Park on Sunday 7th.
Why Are We Doing It?
In recent decades local people have become increasingly disconnected from the town’s heritage. With very little cultural infrastructure and a failed retail sector, Bangor has suffered a downward social and economic spiral symptomatic of many British and Irish seaside towns.
Older people in Bangor look back with fondness to its heyday, but with a sense of regret for all that has been lost, while many of the younger generation who know little of the town’s past condemn it as a boring place to live. But we believe that Bangor has so much to offer everyone who lives here.
Through this new vintage festival we want to revive positive memories and use them to create new ones. We hope to reposition Bangor as a modern seaside town, drawing on its unique assets of the seafront, a thriving community of artists and creatives, Victorian architecture, its closeness to Belfast – and most importantly, an appetite among residents for change and regeneration.
We believe that if local people can connect with their past, they will start talking the town up again and become a key part of the next chapter.
Partners & Funders
Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund Great Place Scheme, Seaside Revival aims to re-position Bangor as a modern seaside town – the Brighton of Northern Ireland – with a distinctive cultural offer.
Led by Open House Festival, the Project brings together seven organisations representing different businesses and community interests in the town: Ards and North Down Borough Council, Bangor Chamber of Commerce, North Down Community Network, North Down Development Corporation, Boom! Studios, and Main Street My Street.