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Affinity with Plymouth University x Port Eliot Festival 2015


 

AFFINITY WITH PLYMOUTH UNIVERSITY has joined forces with one of the country’s favourite festivals, Port Eliot, to increase opportunities for engagement with the arts.

 

Plymouth University has joined forces with one of the country’s favourite festivals to increase opportunities for engagement with the arts. The University is to become the official cultural and creative partner of the Port Eliot Festival, which takes place each summer at a country estate in South East Cornwall.

The partnership will aim to enhance knowledge transfer between academics within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the creative industries, and champion local and regional successes across the creative sectors. It will also aim to open up the Port Eliot Festival as a platform for student and academic enhancement, and encourage University involvement with the festival’s annual roster of more than 500 creative workshops and 150 practitioners.

Beyond this summer’s event, there will also be an exploration of potential research opportunities focussed on the emerging importance and relevance of festivals as a cultural, educational and creative force within society.

Professor Dafydd Moore, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Plymouth University, said: “Port Eliot is right on our doorstep, and this is a fantastic opportunity for us to join forces with a festival that is an eclectic showcase of culture each year. Despite its growth in size and popularity, Port Eliot has always stayed true to its artisan roots and that sense of creative individuality is something we look to encourage among our own students and staff. We believe this partnership will be mutually beneficial, but also that the collaboration of two award-winning artistic institutions can bring something truly special to the South West as a whole.”

The Port Eliot Festival is an annual celebration of words, music, imagination, ideas, nature, food, fashion, flowers, laughter, exploration and fun. Since its launch over a decade ago, it has attracted an incredible range of performers, including the likes of Dominic West, Kate Winslet, Jarvis Cocker, Jacob Dylan, Suggs and Hanif Kureishi.

This year’s festival is taking place from July 30 to August 2, with confirmed attendees including Ralph Steadman and Ceri Levy, Sarah Waters, Alan Johnson, Ezra Furman, The Unthanks and Rick Stein.

For more information on the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Plymouth University please click here, while more details about this year’s Port Eliot Festival can be viewed on the official festival website - http://www.porteliotfestival.com