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Sea Shanty Festival 2021

Saturday 19th June 2021

The Virtual Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival will take place live on Facebook and YouTube at 6pm on Saturday 19th June.

Welcome to the largest free nautical music and song festival in Europe!

Falmouth’s International Sea Shanty Festival will be going virtual for 2021. The Virtual Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival will take place live on Facebook and YouTube at 6pm Saturday 19th June. In respect of the current situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and given that the Festival normally attracts more than 65,000 visitors to see over 70 shanty groups, it would not be feasible to go ahead with the physical plans for this year.

Falmouth has a proud and long history as a first safe port of call for deep-water sailing ships. It was here that sailors filled our waterside alehouses with their songs, and it is here that those shanties and stories are kept alive to this day. If you listen very carefully as you walk along our seventeenth-century quays you can still hear them singing!