Great Yarmouth Arts Festival off to a flyer as carnival parades through town

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival's carnival parade. Picture: David Hannant

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival's carnival parade. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

A feast of artistic delights lasting more than a week kicked off in style in Great Yarmouth with a big splash of colour and sound.

Lasting until Sunday, June 11 the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival promises to deliver a range of artistic flair to the town, with a full programme of music, theatre and visual arts to the town.

The festival, which is in its fifth year, officially started on Friday but it announced itself to the town with a marvellous parade through the streets on Saturday morning.

Performers, drummers, dancers and more marauded from the Marina Centre, along the sea front, through the town and onto St George's Theatre, as delighted spectators followed them along, cameras in hand.

The parade created a carnival atmosphere in the town, which also saw performers come all the way from Great Yarmouth's French twin Rambouillet.

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival's carnival parade. Picture: David Hannant

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival's carnival parade. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant


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The parade was followed by a community fair held between Great Yarmouth Library and the Salvation Army Citadel, which had all sorts of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Hugh Sturzaker, festival chairman, said: 'Funding constraints meant that we weren't able to have quite as much as last year's parade in the way of large structures but the performers were wonderful.

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'We must have had more than 400 different people taking part, some of whom have spent many months putting together their costumes and working on their acts.'

The festival will see dozens upon dozens of exciting events taking place in the town, from concerts, to plays, to photography exhibitions.

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival's carnival parade. Picture: David Hannant

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival's carnival parade. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

There will also be opportunities to take part in heritage walks through the town and take advantage of several free concerts.

Mr Sturzaker added: 'We have something for everyone to suit all tastes and all ages and we are pleased to welcome visitors from Rambouillet, who will be exhibiting in the art exhibition in the Minster.

'We always feel things can go better but we are already planning next year's festival.'

Other highlights of the festival include a performance of Mozart and an audience with Jonathan Veira.

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival's carnival parade. Picture: David Hannant

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival's carnival parade. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

For full information on events taking part in the festival, visit www.greatyarmouthartsfestival.co.uk

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival's carnival parade. Picture: David Hannant

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival's carnival parade. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

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