This year’s East Neuk Festival needs you

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As part of the East Neuk Festival, members of the public are being given the chance to get involved in a unique piece of artwork.

On Monday, June 29, Elie beach will be transformed from a large blank canvas as a 3D anamorphic portrait of a giant fiddle appears on the sands before being washed away by the tide just hours after its completion.

The drawing is in honour of the 300-year-old Stradivarius instrument that has been loaned to the festival this year.

And now Sand In Your Eye, the team behind the impressive works of art, is looking for volunteers to join in with the festivities.

The first ten people to arrive dressed in bright clothes will be chosen to play the part of ‘tiny people’ pushing the bow across the strings.

Debra Boraston from the Festival said: “We have been creating sand sculptures for the past five years and the Sand in Your Eye team is always keen to involve the children who come by and are fascinated by what is taking shape.

“The sand drawings are quite spectacular and always draw spectators – so why not get involved in some way? Last year our Schubert on the Beach photographs were published all over the world.

“One year, when we had a giant lighthouse modelled on the Isle of May, the children were all busy making baby puffins from sand that were then added to the sculpture!”

The festival will also see Crail High Street dominated by a giant sculpture as 20 tons of builders sand is moulded into a larger than life horn player which will take centre stage on the Honeypot Tearoom’s forecourt. Work will begin on June 25 and the sculpture will remain in place until July 5.

In keeping with the festival’s main identity as one of the UK’s foremost chamber music event, this year’s theme has a musical flavour reflecting the major highlights of the popular festival’s entertainment listings.

“The East Neuk Festival always programmes a whole range of different events to appeal to the widest possible public, especially the local community,” Debra continued.

“The villages, venues, countryside and coastal landscape of the East Neuk are as important a part of the Festival’s identity as the music, art and literature.”

Other attractions taking place include Littoral; a mini festival of writing, art and events focused on nature and the environment; a classical jazz concert from the Gwilym Simcock Trio and the main festival itself which features renowned musicans from across the globe who will play in intimate churches and other quirky venues in teh East Neuk.

If you are interested in taking part, arrive at the Ship Inn in Elie by 8.30 a.m. on Monday June 29.

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