Art vs election fixture clash leads to minor reshuffle for Yarmouth festival

Yarmouth Arts Festival carnival parade

Yarmouth Arts Festival carnival parade - Credit: Nick Butcher

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival is back for its 5th year to celebrate the borough's heritage, community and thriving arts scene.

Yarmouth Arts Festival carnival parade

Yarmouth Arts Festival carnival parade - Credit: Nick Butcher

This year it is expanding to Gorleston with venues there helping to fill the borough with words and music.

Festival chairman Hugh Sturzaker said the event from June 2-11 was bigger and better than ever with a relaunched website and events being staged at more locations than ever including across the river.

He said the snap election called for June 8 had triggered a minor reshuffle with one concert event planned to take place at the town hall on Friday June 9 having to be moved to accommodate the election count.

Unfortunately the brochures stating that Karen Smith and Jo Westaway would be playing at the civic building had already been printed and wrongly give the Assembly Room as the venue.

Yarmouth Arts Festival carnival parade

Yarmouth Arts Festival carnival parade - Credit: Nick Butcher

The concert featuring the pianist and soprano will now take place at the Minster.


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Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis will take a break from campaigning to open the festival which this year boasts two ballet performances, one live and one live-streamed from Covent Garden.

The 10-day feast of entertainment will also have a unique French flavour with some 60 people from Yarmouth's twin town Rambouillet displaying their talents.

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Saturday's carnival showpiece last year featured around 400 participants making it one of the most successful aspects of the festival.

This year Mr Sturzaker hopes even more community groups will come forward to join the walking performance which features towering models.

The theme of Great Yarmouth Rhythms is inspired by wall plaques on Great Yarmouth Library featuring fish, birds and windmills among other things.

Meanwhile an art exhibition in the Minster will display works that promote the town and the surrounding countryside.

Anyone wishing to submit a piece can do so on Saturday.

Mr Sturzaker is keen for volunteers to help marshall and stage events and also for host homes for the French visitors.

To volunteer email roland.walford@ntlworld.com and to host someone from Ramboillet for four nights email sueknight@ntlworld.com.

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