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Financial boost for Musicport festival

Local music festival organisers have been awarded a grant of £41k from Arts Council England to help develop their brand and support their programme of activities.

Musicport is the UK's biggest indoor world music festival, held each October/ November in Whitby and now in its 14th year.

One of the attractions is the world's smallest cinema

“In these difficult times it is good that the value of what we do for this part of the coast is recognised and the economics of this level of funding will impact on the local economy in a very positive way.

"Having struggled to keep the festival going for the last 3 years and overseen its move back home to Whitby, the not-for-profit organisation can now begin to look forward to developing Musicport once again into a recognised international brand but with very local roots and a strong support locally, regionally and nationally”.

– Jim McLaughlin, Musicport director

Musicport is hosting a party night on August 2 at Whitby Pavilion with DJs and live music in the café.

New additions to the festival line-up in October include comedian Mitch Benn, Eduardo Niebla (Spain), Maia , The Hut People & Mim Suleiman (Zanzibar).

Another new feature at the festival will be the SolCinema, the worlds smallest cinema (pictured), where an audience of 8 are treated with red carpet, usherettes and popcorn to a cinematic experience for short films in a beautifully converted caravan.