12-year old Mimi Nannar praises Great Yarmouth Out There Festival

Photos from the 2017 Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Mimi Nannar

Photos from the 2017 Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Mimi Nannar - Credit: Archant

The Out There Festival occurs annually at Great Yarmouth, in Norfolk, and this year I arrived at the Yarmouth Pier to admittedly ominous weather.

Photos from the 2017 Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Mimi Nannar

Photos from the 2017 Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Mimi Nannar - Credit: Archant

It seems that street performances are often victim to storms, but in this occasion, the clouds showed mercy just before the show began.

We witnessed as a procession of people in white paint and silver clothing marched through the streets, a small, luminous puppet figure dancing to their drumming tune. The crowds formed a large huddle around the drummers, and my mum, dad, my friend and I raced ahead to get a good view. Yarmouth lit up as the Worldbeaters proceeded through the crowded streets, stopping at regular intervals and they were soon joined by a magnificently large version of their original puppet.

Cameras were raised up in the air, and 'ooh's and 'ahh's were emitted by the viewers. The march continued, until they stopped at stage. Several people at the front performed an energetic acrobatic show, and a singer drummed a Brazilian beat.

This was a representation of a new form of art that the large puppet, who I later found was called Dundu, was learning on his journey. I felt intrigued by this new concept, and enjoyed the abstract aspect of it.

Photos from the 2017 Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Mimi Nannar

Photos from the 2017 Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Mimi Nannar - Credit: Archant


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So the show came to an end, as the small puppet was revealed again, and fireworks lit up the night sky. The crowd was in awe of the show, and, though perhaps my view wasn't the best, I could see the performance clearly through the screen of a man's camera in front of me. He was filming a Facebook Live.

And then it hit me. In this day of modern technology and new ideas, all people really want is something to make them smile, an laugh, and cheer. This performance was a fantastic way to spend a Saturday, far more exciting than my plans to watch TV.

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It seems the rain has planned its course, for no more than two minutes after the show has ended we heard the familiar drip drop on our coats. We made a run for the building nearest, and found it swarming with people buzzing with excitement. I was lucky enough to meet the Worldbeaters, and Dundu, and even posed for a photo! I said a tentative 'well done,' to the drummers, too nervous to say more. It was as if I had just met the most famous celebrities in the world.

Great Yarmouth is synonymous with the seafront, with arcades and donkey rides. It's should also be synonymous with beautiful street art, for everyone. It was a spectacle to behold.

Thank you Out There Festival!

By Mimi Nannar, age 12

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