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Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival. Friday 17th June - Sunday 19th June 2016

A big thank you from the organizers to everyone who made the 2015 festival such an amazing success! We're back next summer with more shanties, great venues and incredible atmosphere.

To see what we got up to in 2015, you can download the FREE performance schedule here. Alternatively a pdf version is available here.


Welcome to one of the biggest maritime music festivals in Europe! The town will play host to hundreds of hours of free to attend shanty performances, with only our special Gala Concert ticketed, and proceeds going to the RNLI. Falmouth will be filled with music, singing and infused with a great community spirit. The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival is held at multiple venues throughout the town with main stages being Seasalt Stage on Custom House Quay, Skinners Stage on Events Square (Discovery Quay) and Seven Stars Stage on The Moor. 2015 was the biggest year yet with 53 Shanty groups and 21 venues.

2015's Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival saw the biggest crowds yet with over 25,000 visitors throughout the town during the weekend! We had sunny main stages, outdoor shanty stops, traditional venues and our incredible Gala Concert all in aid of the RNLI.

We're delighted to be working with Skinners Brewery and Seasalt clothing, along with a host of other local sponsors, to bring you the biggest and best shanty weekend around! 

The Beat Betty Challenge will continue again in 2016, and will see our talented shanty groups battle it out to raise money for the RNLI! Everyone did a fantastic job fundraising last year, with the competition raising over £8,500 to save lives at sea.


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