Arts and culture contribute considerably to the quality of life in Exmouth. From comedy classes, watercolour workshops and even guerrilla knitting, there is something for everyone.
The music scene in Exmouth is a far cry from the usual tribute acts on offer in seaside towns, live music every night of the week, covering all genres. Exmouth Town Councils Arts Manager is the lead contact in the Town Council for Arts organisations working, or wishing to work, in Exmouth.
One of the main events in the Exmouth calendar is Exmouth Festival – a vibrant and contemporary, free, community festival now in its 21st year. Though primarily a Arts festival, a large emphasis is placed on supporting new and emerging artists from the world of music, art, culture and community projects, which brings in not only local audiences but holiday makers too. Based at the Imperial Recreation ground over the May bank holiday weekend then moves to the stunning Manor Gardens in the half term week culminating in West country Traditions Day in the Strand on Saturday 3rd June 2017.
Exmouth Festival supports local musicians as well as offering audiences music from further afield. In 2016 we had over 60 live music acts performing a wide variety of genres. In recent years the festival has played host to BBC award winning artists, BBC introducing acts, and established household names such as Bad Manners, who performed at last year’s festival as part of their 40th Anniversary tour.
Building on 20 years of success the line up for 2017 is looking the best yet, with more big name acts and opportunities for the up and coming stars of tomorrow. The Arts Manager organises the successful and very popular Exmouth Festival each year, which attracts thousands of people to a free festival of music and the arts, to listen to an impressive line up of local and not-so-local musical acts from every genre. As well as the main festival, the festival fringe provides music, comedy and poetry in many pubs, cafes and other venues around the town. The event extends past May and through the summer with the Season of Sundays.