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Beach of Dreams

We want to share details of an exciting project that will begin on the solstice, 27 June, during the First Light Festival in Lowestoft until the 1 August. Do read on for details on how to get involved and the deadline to register is 9 April.

Beach of Dreams is an epic journey to discover the hidden gems of the East Coast of England, inviting collaboration from communities and artists along the way in Suffolk, Essex, Southend, and Thurrock.

Kinetika’s Artistic Director, Ali Pretty, and Guardian journalist Kevin Rushby are walking the entire route, joined by artists, writers, scientists, and local residents. Together, guided by strong environmental themes and the challenges of our current time, they will consider the question “How can we creatively reimagine our future?”

Get involved, share a location, and share your dream!

Everyone is invited to choose a mile to walk, submit an image of the landscape, a drawing and a few words about your connection to it and your dream for its future. All words and photos sent in will contribute to a new digital story map of the coastal path, reflecting and recording the narrative of the walk as it unfolds.

Images submitted by 9 April will be used as inspiration for the design of 500 silk pennants illustrating the beautiful coastal landscape and its challenges. These pennants will be hand painted using natural dyes by the Kinetika Design Studio and form spectacular installations during the event.

Join the walk along the stretch you have chosen, and you can carry the pennant inspired by your own photo!

An installation of all 500 pennants will mark the beginning of the walk on 27 June, at sunrise on the beach at Lowestoft, during the First Light Summer Solstice. The route follows the coast, taking in stunning scenery, wild landscapes and seaside towns. Further installations and events take place along the way including Harwich Festival on 10 July and the finale at Tilbury Fort on 1 Aug.

Beach of Dreams is conceived as a national project that will unfold over two years along the UK coastline starting in summer 2021 and culminating in 2023, running in parallel with Year of The Coast.

To sign up for a mile go to the walks page, select the day where your mile is and follow instructions.

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