Seaside Revival’s Vintage Friday Flicks
In an exciting new partnership with Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive, Open House Festival will release a clip of archive film featuring Bangor by the Sea, each Friday throughout the summer.
Vintage Friday Flicks launches this Friday, 10th July, as part of the Open House Seaside Revival project. Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Great Places scheme, it celebrates Bangor’s heyday as a thriving seaside town.
The footage includes scenes from the 1940s and 50s, right through to the early 80s, and whilst some clips may be familiar, several have never been aired before and are currently not accessible anywhere else.
“In recent decades, many people living in Bangor have become increasingly disconnected from the town’s heritage,” says Seaside Revival Co-ordinator for Open House, Caroline McCoubrey. “Through initiatives like this one, we want to revive people’s positive memories of Bangor and use them to create new ones. We believe that if local people can reconnect with their past, they will start believing in the town again and become a key part of our future regeneration.”
This is the second year that Northern Ireland Screen has partnered with Seaside Revival.
“Last year we provided footage for the pop-up outdoor cinema at the Vintage Festival,” says Francis Jones, Northern Ireland Screen Heritage and Archive Manager. “It is unfortunate that the event couldn’t take place in its physical form this year, but we’re thrilled to continue working with Caroline through this online initiative. It will allow more people to engage with our Digital Film Archive (https://digitalfilmarchive.net/index), and have fun reminiscing about the Bangor of bygone years.”
So, get your popcorn at the ready and tune in this Friday for episode one of Seaside Revival Vintage Friday Flicks. You can find the clips on our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seasiderevivalbangor and Instagram (@seasiderevivalvintagefest)