Brexit won’t stop arts festival fun in Great Yarmouth

The Out There Festival of Circus and Street Arts 2013 taking place in Great Yarmouth.
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The Out There Festival of Circus and Street Arts 2013 taking place in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

Brexit won't affect our plans.

The Out There Festival of Circus and Street Arts 2013 taking place in Great Yarmouth.
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The Out There Festival of Circus and Street Arts 2013 taking place in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

That is the message from a Great Yarmouth-based organisation dedicated to bringing fun and cultural events and activities to the town.

Seachange Arts says it is no longer reliant on European Union grants to fund its main annual event, the Out There International Festival of Circus Arts and Street Arts, and its plans to make its headquarters a top artistic and community venue.

In previous years the organisation has seen more than £330,000 for EU-funded projects handed to it annually and says its Out There festival, now in its 10th year and which attracts large crowds, has grown on the back of significant EU schemes.

However Matthew Cross, communications manager of the York Road-based organisations says Seachange Arts is now 'not reliant' on EU funds and instead relies on partners such as Arts Council England.

SeaChange Arts performing in the sunshine at the Out There International Festival of Circus and Stre

SeaChange Arts performing in the sunshine at the Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Acts in Great Yarmouth. Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Mr Cross said: 'We have been successful in European funding in the past. It is not something we are reliant on now.

'Our European funding has been for specific projects, but actually over the course of the last 18 months it has been less of a concern for us.

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'Brexit has not immediately impacted us. It is not something we are overly concerned about.'

Mr Cross said Seachange Arts would still work on a partnership level with similar groups in Europe.

He added the main focus of Seachange Arts was making its headquarters at the Drill Hall in York Road a top arts and community use venue and organising this September's Out There festival, which already has a wish list of acts drawn up.

As an example of previous EU funding in 2014 it was reported that Seachange Arts had secured £336, 112 for three projects that financial year and up until 2014 had levered about £1.8m of funding from the EU.

Last year's Out There festival saw SeaChange Arts enter into a partnership with Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area (GYTABIA) with a grant from Arts Council England and match funding from GYTABIA.

This year's festival will hit the streets of Yarmouth between September 16 and 17.

Updates on the festival will be posted at seachangearts.org.uk

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