Welcome

 

11-13 October 2024

Welcome to  Harwich International Shanty Festival. With the renewal of interest in Shanties and Sea Songs, following the TikTok craze which overtook us all in Lockdown, we welcomed some new visitors to these pages as well as those who have attended our Festivals since its inception in 2006.

Over the Festival weekend the whole of the old seaport town of Harwich rings with the sound of lusty shanties, music emanating from pubs, boats, clubs and our many historic buildings. There are street theatre sketches, maritime crafts, pirates and historical re-enactment, barge trips, walks, talks and workshops on offer and the town fills with colour as visitors soak up the atmosphere created over this special weekend.  

 

 

New Festival Store!

 

More Merchandise! Hooded Sweatshirts, CDs & Bandanas – Click or tap photo!

 

 

If you wish to contact the festival organisers please note that we do not have an office and that all of the management and staff are volunteers with multiple responsibilities. We therefore may take a while to respond but we do promise to do our best!

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