JULY & AUGUST
SoMAC is organised by Marketing Gloucester, whose brief is to raise the city’s profile locally and nationally as a great place to live, work, study and visit, and supported through funding from the Arts Council England.
The funding is a significant boost for the city and is recognition for the work of Marketing Gloucester, Gloucester City Council and their partners including Create Gloucestershire, on improving the cultural offer in the city, engaging with local communities and providing the framework to develop grass roots talent.
Marketing Gloucester would like to thank the Arts Council England, Gloucester City Council and SoMAC Platinum Sponsors, WSP Solicitors and Listers Toyota, for making the very first Summer of Music Arts and Culture possible.
Up and Coming Fun
Wednesday, 12th July @ 1:00 pm
Schools Poetry Slam Final Come and cheer on the teams from four Gloucester schools as they compete for the title of Gloucester’s Grand Slammers!
Wednesday, 12th July @ 7:00 pm
Gloucestershire poets compete for the title of Discover DeCrypt’s Poet-not-inResidence 2018. Who will win the baggy jumper?
Saturday, 15th July
A celebration of art in the picturesque city of Gloucester. Take part in the live, outdoor painting competition to best capture the spirit of Gloucester (Saturday); or enjoy free art classes, street art demonstrations, an artists village and much more. Whether it’s iconic landmarks such as the magnificent Gloucester Cathedral or the picturesque Victorian Docks, or street scenes of everyday life, artists will be competing in this exciting event for all to see. The finished pieces will be displayed in a gallery exhibition where the judges will award prizes to the artworks which best capture the spirit of the city. Also taking place is the Coloured Earth pavement art competition featuring artists from across the globe. Visit the website to register for the competition and to find out more.
Saturday, 22nd July
A mainstay of Gloucester’s festival season; local, national and international Blues artists converge on the city for a nine-day celebration of the genre. Last year, there were 70 live performances across the city’s pubs and live music venues. Check out the website for the latest news and line-ups. Not to be missed.
Summer of Music, Arts and Culture
Following on from the phenomenal success of the cultural events and Rugby World Cup Fanzone; organised by Marketing Gloucester and funded by Arts Council England, EDF Energy, Gloucester City Council and Strike A Light; Marketing Gloucester are delighted that 2016 will be the launch year for what is hoped to be an annual event entitled SoMAC – Summer of Music, Arts & Culture.
During 2016 there will be a whole range of world class arts, cultural events taking place in Gloucester, including the world’s oldest choral music festival, The Three Choirs, and an extended Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival as well as the Gloucestershire Folk Festival in its new home in Gloucester. Other major events earmarked for 2016 include:
A major new international arts competition and participation event which will invite hundreds of artists
An improved Gloucester Carnival
Planned concerts in public spaces
The return of Gloucester Goes Retro, which celebrates the city’s modern cultural heritage.
Contact us via the provided form if you are involved in dance, music, performance or art and wish to take advantage of being part of the SoMAC branding and promotion and co-ordinate activities.
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