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Out There Festival brings Great Yarmouth to life

  • Date: 15 September 2011
  • Area: National, South East
circus act balancing on one hand

'Barricade' by No Fit Circus, performing at Out There Festival 2011. Credit: Inept Gravity

Great Yarmouth will burst into life this weekend for Out There International Festival of Street Arts and Circus 2011. Now in its fourth year, it is the largest free festival of its kind in the region.

The event will take place in Great Yarmouth's St George's Park on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September with shows also taking place in the town's marketplace and along the seafront.

Festival organisers SeaChange Arts have put together an impressive line up of acts from more than 10 different countries for this year's event, which promises to be bigger than ever.

SeaChange Arts, an arts development organisation for the borough of Great Yarmouth, was awarded £92,650 in Grants for the arts from Arts Council England to fund the festival alongside a wider programme of work.

Acts confirmed for the festival include a satirical clown from Germany, an acrobatic duo from Sweden, a trampolining gymnastic troupe from Belgium and a jet propelled thrill seeker from Germany.

Several of the companies performing at the festival have also been funded through the Arts Council's East of England talent development programme Escalator. These companies include Hocus Pocus Theatre CompanyStuff and Things, Tilted Productions Foundation for Indian Performing Arts and The Great Whydini.

Escalator is delivered by leading arts organisations in the region, helping artists reach the next level of their careers and enabling them to take time to explore new creative territories.

Other confirmed acts include the brilliant French street artists, Les 3 Points De Suspension who were a hit at Out There in 2009. They will perform their gravity-defying, bouncy stilt show Mr. Baryton.

The fantastic Plunge Boom will be making an appearance this year with their interactive 'cooking' show. They will be inviting the children in the audience to help them create a variety of disgusting dishes to feed to a hungry troll in order to keep him out of mischief.

Another act sure to get Great Yarmouth talking is the highly anticipated Mario, Queen Of The Circus, fresh from a four-year world tour with famous culture show La Clique.

The headline show will come from leading UK contemporary circus company No Fit State Circus, who will be performing a new show, Barricade, commissioned specially for the Out There Festival and the ZEPA Partnership - an international partnership made up of nine street art organisations and festivals from the UK and France including SeaChange Arts. Barricade is a spectacular new open-air show featuring highly skilled aerial and acrobatic performers, comedy chases and a breath-taking fireshow.

ZEPA is supported by the European cross border cooperation programme Interreg IVA France (Channel) England and is a partnership enabling the festivals to exchange artists, ideas and knowledge.

There will also be a number of workshops to take part in during the weekend including music making, pottery and parkour. And SeaChange will be offering local people the opportunity to get involved in several aspects of the festival this year, including the chance to appear in two of the shows.

Traditional Breton Dance Company, Eostiged Ar Stangala, will be working with six schools and a number of other community groups delivering traditional Breton Dancing workshops in the run up to the festival.

A group of local young people will also be showcasing their circus skills alongside professional theatre and circus practitioners in a new show inspired by the circus heritage of Great Yarmouth, entitled Bread and Circuses.

Joe Mackintosh, Chief Executive of SeaChange Arts, said: 'We are really excited to be holding the fourth edition of the Out There International Festival of Street Arts and Circus. Over 500 local people have also contributed to the festival programme and will be appearing in several of the large scale festival performances, including Fest Noz and Bread and Circuses. We are really looking forward to seeing the results of all their hard work.'

Claudia West, Relationship Manager for Theatre, Arts Council England, said: 'SeaChange Arts has a strong track record of delivering quality artistic projects and supporting artists to provide excellent, free art experiences for a wide range of people from across the region and this year's Out There Festival is no exception. With a fantastic line-up of world-renowned performers it promises to be a weekend to remember.'

For more information on the Out There Festival go to the SeaChange website. To find out more about lottery-funded Grants for the arts on the funding pages of our website.