East Neuk Festival 2021 giant sand portrait announces new artist development residency

The East Neuk Festival in Scotland starts this week, and on its eve pictures have been released of eye-catching sand portraits drawn on Elie Beach.

The message is strong, reminding us of the impact of the pandemic on a generation of young musicians. ‘It’s time to let them play’ appears at the bottom of a picture etched into Ellie Beach in East Neuk.

Created and designed by Sand in Your Eye, the eye-catching beach art heralds the beginning of the East Neuk Festival which takes place in indoor and outdoor venues along the eastern stretch of Scotland’s coastline from Thursday to Sunday (1-4 July).

The portrait accompanies the ENF’s announcement regarding the latest ENF Retreat Residency to be undertaken by young jazz composer, vocalist and storyteller Nishla Smith. She partners with scientists from St Andrews University’s School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, to develop a song cycle called ‘Aether’ for voice and improvising ensemble exploring impacts of the climate crisis across different environmental settings.

With ENF events staged socially-distanced this year all of the live events featuring artists including pianist Paul Lewis, the Castalian Quartet, violinist Benjamin Baker, pianist Daniel Lebhardt, and Gramophone award-winning guitarist Sean Shibe, are already sold out. Pop-up outdoor live events are also scheduled to make appearance across the four days however. Festival organisers will share event details on social media.