Tropicana unveils events line-up

An exciting year lies ahead as the Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare continues to establish itself as a major events venue.

2017 will see the seafront venue host a variety of arts, cultural and entertainment activities. Already lined up for the coming year are:

  • regular live music nights at the Reaper Bar featuring local artists and tribute acts
  • more pop-up theatre, organised by North Somerset Council in partnership with local arts development charity Theatre Orchard, starting with a performance of ‘Nzingabeth! Or when Ana met Virginia’ on Saturday 11 March
  • the second Hazy Days music festival on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 July
  • the return of the Funland funfair during the school summer holidays with the promise of some exciting new rides
  • the ‘Stars of Time’ film and comic convention on Sunday 27 and Monday 28 August
  • the Weston Super Food Festival on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September
  • the Weston Super Christmas Food Festival on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November.

More events will be announced as they are confirmed.

Building on the legacy created by Dismaland, the council invested more than half-a-million pounds in the Tropicana to create a large outdoor events space and internal gallery/exhibition area.

As a result, last year saw the Tropicana host a wide range of outdoor and indoor events attracting more than 200,000 people. These included music events, a street art festival and art exhibitions.

In addition, the council commissioned award-winning HemingwayDesign to help develop a vision to regenerate the venue and appointed Doug Francis as the Tropicana’s creative director to spearhead its revival.

“The reinvention of the Tropicana as a multi-use creative arts and entertainment venue is a major part of our ambitious plans to breathe new life into Weston and develop a prosperous and vibrant town centre,” said North Somerset Council Leader Cllr Nigel Ashton.

“This year will see the venue continue to go from strength to strength increasing its offer to residents and attracting visitors from far and wide to the town.”