Roll up, roll up for a weekend of circus fun at Great Yarmouth’s Out There festival
- Credit: Nick Butcher
The stage has been set for this year's Out There Festival which promises to be bigger, brasher, bolder and more bonkers than ever before.
The circus and street art extravaganza is taking over Great Yarmouth for the seventh year and will be showcasing some of the world's greatest acrobatic talents.
Organisers Seachange Arts have put together their biggest programme to date for 2014's spectacle, bringing 50 acts to the seaside resort who will dazzle and delight visitors with 150 weird, wonderful and high flying performances.
This year's programme got under way yesterday and continues today and tomorrow with young graduates from the National Centre for Circus Arts - including Bradwell juggler Tom Gaskin - swinging into the Hippodrome with their energetic show, Silver Lining.
Their explosive, feel good performance tomorrow will pave the way for the jam packed big weekend, which will see the festival kick up a gear as groups and artists take over St George's Park, Regent Road, the Market Place and the seafront.
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Joe Mackintosh, Out There's artistic director, said: 'I'm very excited by this one, not just because it's big but there are a lot of companies, acts and partners we have worked with before who have come back. All the artists are very excited to be in Yarmouth, they know it's a very special festival.
'We're on the international map now and we're doing the symposium [for circus industry professionals] that we've had to double the numbers of because we have got so many people coming from all over Europe.
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'I think it will have a very celebratory atmosphere and hopefully it will be the best ever.'
A highlight of Saturday's line up includes headline show The Color of Time, which will see a troupe of theatrical dancers and musicians parade along the seafront from 5pm. Taking inspiration from the traditional Holi festival the travelling performance will culminate in bursts of colourful powder paint being thrown amongst the crowds.
And Yarmouth's maritime history will provide a backdrop for another of the weekend highlights when French performers Compagnie Les Philebulistes present their high flying show, Hallali. Featuring six trapeze artists the show is performed on and in a huge ship like stage on the Sealife Centre Gardens.
Mr Mackintosh said there was 'truly something for everyone' at this year's festival.
'I guarantee they'll be surprised and see something they've never seen before. There's something for every age and interest and they will all have a lot of fun,' he added. 'And there's so much of it it's well worth people coming for both weekend days.'
The bulk of the programme is free but the indoor shows, performed at the Hippodrome, Stars Showbar and St George's Theatre, are ticketed.
? For more information about the festival, and for a full programme, visit www.outtherefestival.com