Picture gallery: Samba sounds fill Great Yarmouth for arts festival carnival

Carnival procession from the Market Place, along King Street to St George’s Plaza. 
The ‘sea and shore’ heritage-themed procession, part of the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival.

Picture: James Bass Carnival procession from the Market Place, along King Street to St George’s Plaza. The ‘sea and shore’ heritage-themed procession, part of the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival. Picture: James Bass

Saturday, June 7, 2014
5:47 PM

A colourful cavalcade of dance, music and art wound its way through Great Yarmouth as the town’s arts festival got under way in earnest.

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Carnival procession from the Market Place, along King Street to St George’s Plaza. 
The ‘sea and shore’ heritage-themed procession, part of the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival.

Picture: James BassCarnival procession from the Market Place, along King Street to St George’s Plaza. The ‘sea and shore’ heritage-themed procession, part of the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival. Picture: James Bass

The carnival parade, led by feather-clad Samba dancers, started off in the Market Place where shoppers stopped to watch the bright procession pass by.

Costumed youngsters carrying streamers, circus acts and a Samba band followed the dancers for the seashore-themed carnival, which brightened up the grey skies.

The procession unfortunately did not escape the rain and a heavy shower came down as they began to reach the end of their route at St George’s Theatre, where an alfresco art display suffered some water damage.

But spirits were not dampened as the fun continued into the afternoon with a neighbourhood fair at the library, where the town’s diverse cultures were celebrated with more family activities.

Hugh Sturzaker, festival chairman, said: “We got a bit wet two thirds of the way through when it started raining but it was great fun and a lot of people, particularly in the market place, were looking on.”

Among the afternoon activities was a pottery making stand, where youngsters got to glaze fishy figures, which proved particularly popular.

The second arts festival was officially launched yesterday with a concert from X Factor winner Steve Brookstein and a free performance by Great Yarmouth Brass at the Minster.

Mr Sturzaker hoped today’s colourful parade through the town would ignite more interest in the festival programme, which continues until Sunday, June 15.

Highlights throughout the week include; an exhibition at the Minster honouring Yarmouth-born cinematographer Jack Cardiff and free screenings of some of his most iconic films, an audience with actor Jonathan Miller and a stage production of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

■ For more information, and to see the full programme, visit www.greatyarmouthartsfestival.co.uk

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