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
Saturday, 15th July
Calling all Jurassic Park enthusiasts!! Ever wondered what a T-Rex ate for lunch? Or fancy walking through a dinosaur swamp? Then look no further, as the Museum of Gloucester is set to host the ‘Dinosaurs’ exhibition this summer. Featuring: An immersive ‘Expedition Zone’ with sounds, smells amid life-size models An ‘Investigation Zone’ with various hands-on interactives A variety of genuine dinosaur fossils. All this and more allows visitors to explore the fascinating world of palaeontology! As well as the exhibition itself, visitors will have the chance to attend a variety of talks with world-renowned Palaeontologists from Bristol University, looking at the most interesting topics of the day from the world of dinosaurs.
Saturday, 12th August
The SoMAC Stage in King's Square will be a focal point for free, exciting performance with a festival vibe and will be a showcase of national and local open air theatre, performance art and music in the heart of the city. Highlights include Bash Street Theatre, Bootworks Theatrre and Hip Hop from AJ Tracey and Kojo Funds.
Saturday, 26th August
The award winning festival features vintage and classic vehicles throughout the city centre and people of all ages dressed to impress in their favourite Vintage gear. Kings Square hosts a music stage with great music from Rockology and others as well as dancing with Eastgate Swing Dance. Enjoy the vintage entertainment, visit our retro bar and do some shopping in a great atmosphere. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed man, lady, couple and child.
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.
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In 2015 to support cultural events surrounding the Rugby World Cup in Gloucester, Marketing Gloucester received a significant grant from ACE (Arts Council England). The high quality artistic events in 2015 included the Flash Mob dance at the Gloucester Fanzone,...read more
Anita Andrews has been recruited by Marketing Gloucester as lead artist to provide training and experience to Art Shape and Global Arts who are both part of the Carnival Arts partnership. The artists preparing weekly arts workshop called ‘Carnival Kings and Queens’...read more
WSP Solicitors will be the Platinum Sponsor for the Gloucester Summer of Music, Arts & Culture (SoMAC). Gloucester SoMAC will be a two month festival running through July and August that will host a wide range of cultural, music and arts events all over the city...read more