Welcome

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 welcome some new visitors to these pages as well as those who attended our 2021 Festival which took place over the weekend of 8-10th October. 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, shanty trains, maritime crafts, pirates, 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.  Our 2022 Festival takes place 7-9th October but we have many other events before then!

2022 T-Shirts

2022 T-Shirts

 

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

Hooded Sweatshirt in Dark Blue with logo
Hooded Sweatshirt in Dark Blue & Light Blue. Click image for more details.

Pirate Bandanas now available

 

 

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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