Coastliners - Sea Shanty and Sea Folk Festival

by Coastliners Sea Shanty and Sea Folk Festival in Poole, Dorset, England

Coastliners is raising funds to bring a new and exciting sea shanty and folk festival to Old Poole Town.

by Coastliners Sea Shanty and Sea Folk Festival in Poole, Dorset, England

We did it
On 30th March 2018 we successfully raised £905 with 30 supporters in 56 days

What is Coastliners - Sea Shanty and Sea Folk Festival?

Coming to Old Poole Town on 21st April 2018 - Coastliners is bringing traditional sea shanties and folk music to the good people of Dorset. It's time to sea what you've been missing out on and to celebrate the cultural heritage of maritime music here, in the South-West. 

Who are we?

We're a bunch of sea-lovin’ folk who want to give sea shanties a new lease of life in Dorset. We believe that the noble sea shanty is too often under-celebrated, and we want to share this proud maritime culture with Poole’s community. 

Our creative and energetic team is composed of passionate and accomplished organisers from the Arts University Bournemouth; who have a wealth of experience in managing international films festivals, national music festivals, and local art galleries. 

So what is a sea shanty?

Well landlubbers, the story of the old sea shanty goes all the way back to 16th century! Sailors and seafarers used song to accompany the tough and rigorous labor they faced on-board ships and in ports. These harmonious work songs became increasingly popular in the late 19th century and early 20th century, but this tradition soon faded with the decline of traditional port towns. 

Maritime history is large part of Poole’s cultural heritage and has been central to the lives of many local people, as well as throughout the South-West. The sea-shanty is an important part of English heritage, and something which we believe should be preserved and celebrated. 

How Does my Donation Help?

Coastliners is an exciting independent grassroots project that will help to develop the cultural landscape of Poole. As a new project - the festival cannot yet receive any council funding, and as such relies on the generosity of donors and volunteers. Without such support the festival would be unable to run - neglecting the noble sea shanty of a platform to be celebrated on in Dorset.  All over donors will receive exclusive rewards designed by our in-house illustrator, Isabelle Morgan. 

Your kind donation will help the festival in a number of ways:

  • Support an exciting and diverse programme - we will be inviting shanty bands and sea folk bands/artists from across the South-West, as well featuring poetry, film and unique events programme. 
  • Aid our production costs - we will need to hire various bits and bobs of equipment to make the festival operational, such as technical equipment and licensing. 
  • Help cover the cost of venues.

But most importantly…

  • Your donation will also help to preserve the tradition of the sea shanty in local heritage. 

Hopes and Hurdles

We are currently in the process of constructing our logistical and operational plans, as well as undertaking marketing preparations. We are working tirelessly to produce a festival which reaches and entertains as many people as possible. Early support through donations will allow us to progress swiftly with our programme and will help us to create the best possible experiences for attendees. A successful festival in 2018 would hopefully give precedence and portfolio for a 2019 festival!

The festival team are all unpaid volunteers who also work on a variety of other arts and event projects, but have strategically planned their schedules to dedicate their time to their projects. 

Charitable Aims

Throughout the festival, we will be helping to raise money for RNLI Poole, by having charity boxes across our festival venues. 

Other Ways You Can Help

As a public community festival, we have various opportunities for local businesses to sponsor stages, specific events or even the entire festival. We are also seeking in-kind partners who are interested in providing their time or goods to support Coastliners. 

If you or your business are interested in this opportunity then please contact to discuss sponsorship opportunities in more detail. 

Video credit

Thank you to: Aaron Rolfe - the man behind our fantastic crowdfunding video, Max Ellis - a pretty sound guy, and Dan Smith - our loveable local landlubber. 

Get Social with Coastliners

If you want to keep up to date with all the festival news and antics, make sure to follow us on social media:



Instagram: @coastlinersfestival 

So, If you’ve got more soul than a sea salt soul - please give us hearty hand and share our campaign!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Herring Reward

You will receive: > A friendly thank-you message on our social media.

£10 or more

Cod Reward

You will receive: >Thank-you postcard >Illustrated book mark

£20 or more

Lobster Reward

You will receive: > A5 illustrated print > Thank-you postcard > Illustrated book mark

£50 or more

Tuna Reward

You will receive: > Set of A3 illustrated prints > A5 illustrated print > Thank-You postcard > Illustrated book mark

£75 or more

Giant Squid Reward

You will receive: > Coastliners Festival T-Shirt > Donor mention in festival programme > Set of A3 illustrated prints > A5 illustrated print > Thank-You Postcard > Illustrated book mark

£100 or more

Whale Reward

You will receive: > Set of Limited Edition Prints > Two complimentary tickets to festival event of choice. > Donor mention in festival programme > Coastliners Festival T-Shirt > Set of A3 illustrated prints > A5 illustrated print > Thank-You Postcard > Illustrated book mark

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