Oscar-winning cinematographer and director to be celebrated at Great Yarmouth Art Festival 2014

Opening of Great Yarmouth Arts festival in The Minster Church of St Nicholas. Opening of Great Yarmouth Arts festival in The Minster Church of St Nicholas.

Saturday, May 3, 2014
7:30 AM

Art festival organisers who have secured a host of big names and creative community projects for Great Yarmouth have issued a rallying call for volunteers ahead of the 10 day event in June.

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Oscar-winning cinematographer and director Jack Cardiff died aged 94 in 2009. BFI Stills/PA WireOscar-winning cinematographer and director Jack Cardiff died aged 94 in 2009. BFI Stills/PA Wire

Around 35 people are needed to help deliver leaflets in the run up to the festival and carry out a range of roles including stewarding once the performances and exhibitions are underway.

Retired consultant surgeon and festival chairman Hugh Sturzaker said he hoped to harness the help of local people, who in turn would benefit from participating.

The 2014 festival will run from June 6 and aims to promote the arts across the east Norfolk borough to as many people as possible via a broad range of shows and activities, boosted by the involvement of schools, and workshops which will run alongside some of the creative elements.

This year’s line up features a host of famous names spanning pop, classical music and broadcasting. Among those helping to broaden the mix are X-Factor winner Steve Brookstein and cultural commentator Jonathan Miller.

Jack Cardiff on the Golden Mile at Great Yarmouth in 2004. He was back in his hometown for a film festival.
 Photo: Bill Darnell
.Jack Cardiff on the Golden Mile at Great Yarmouth in 2004. He was back in his hometown for a film festival. Photo: Bill Darnell .

Mr Sturzaker said a Mozart concert in the Minster and a neighbourhood carnival on the theme of ‘Sea and Shore’ were among the highlights.

But the biggest attraction was likely to be a celebration marking the centenary of Great Yarmouth-born Hollywood film-maker and cinematographer Jack Cardiff.

The Oscar winning artist’s films will be screened for free alongside an exhibition of memorabilia and film-making workshops.

Adding a stunning visual element will the Great Yarmouth Shard - a 30ft high sculpture featuring shiny shoals of herring made from crisp packets.

He said 2000 school children had fashioned fish for the design.

“The aim is to provide the joy of contributing to a big structure and learn the benefits of recycling and bringing the community together,” he said.

“The whole thing covers a wide range of interests. I just hope we get the support and I am relying on the musical performances to make a profit.”

The festival is being staged thanks to £20,000 in grant funding and sponsorship.

It sees full use made of public buildings and open spaces in the town, including at 133 King Street - the borough’s newest exhibition space and artists’ hub which aims to open in time to play a part.

Preparations for the festival have been shouldered by a core committee of around eight or ten people - numbers Mr Sturzaker hopes will multiply nearer the time.

“It will be a big help to have more people,” he said. “As well as being a help to us hopefully it will benefit the people volunteering too. With the Jack Cardiff element and the carnival it will be a really nice thing to be involved.”

To find out more or to get involved contact info@greatyarmouthartsfestival.co.uk.

Do you have an arts story? Email emma.knights@archant.co.uk.

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