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Party fever grips Great Yarmouth at new ‘Life’s a Beach’ event

PUBLISHED: 13:46 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:24 18 July 2017

The streets of Great Yarmouth quite literally became a beach at the 'Life's a Beach' event. Photo: David Street

The streets of Great Yarmouth quite literally became a beach at the 'Life's a Beach' event. Photo: David Street

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Great Yarmouth was temporarily transformed into in a scene from South America as the town hosted ‘Life’s a Beach.’

Mexico's Colectivo en Breve performing on the Cyr Wheel. Photo: David StreetMexico's Colectivo en Breve performing on the Cyr Wheel. Photo: David Street

Organised by SeaChange Arts, the group behind the Out There festival, the event on Saturday, July 15 revolved around a Latin street party which took place around the Drill House on York Road.

Yarmouth was graced with an infectious carnival atmosphere and a there were a number of superb performances from a variety of circus acts, street dancers and bands.

Darren Cross, Communications Director at SeaChange Arts, was delighted with local reaction to the event.

“We were really pleased with how things went,” said Mr Cross.

Crowds enjoying Dizzy O'Dare. Photo: David StreetCrowds enjoying Dizzy O'Dare. Photo: David Street

“It was so rewarding to see everyone out on the streets coming together. People really bought into the event.”

The day’s proceedings got underway with the street party, where there were circus performances from Mexico’s Colectivo en Breve, the skilful Dizzy O’Dare and one of the biggest circus sensations in the world, Circolombia.

Chilli Con Salsa provided Cuban dance demonstrations and workshops, whilst Rabo de Foguete, a ten-piece Norwich-based band, fused traditional and contemporary Brazilian rhythms to produce a high-energy carnival feel.

Meanwhile, percussion artist Duda Moleque hosted a junk percussion workshop, inspired by the recycled instruments he grew up with on the streets of San Paulo, Brazil. Duda invented some of the instruments himself, including the flipflopaphone – a percussion instrument made from old tubes struck with flip flops.

Rabo de Foguete led the dancing. Photo: David StreetRabo de Foguete led the dancing. Photo: David Street

Circolombia returned in the evening for a ticketed performance of their incredible routines in the Drill House, before an after-show party with DJ Senorita Sombrero capped off the day’s events.

“We were dipping our toes in the water with Life’s a Beach, but we want to build this into something big and regular and hopefully make it an annual event,” added Mr Cross.

“Although it won’t necessarily become as big as Out There Festival, it’s something that will certainly capture the local community spirit.”

SeaChange Arts also used the day to launch their Drill House 150 project, which has been aided by heritage lottery funding and celebrates the 150th birthday of SeaChange’s current home.

Workshops to make Maracas and Mexican wrestler masks. Photo: David StreetWorkshops to make Maracas and Mexican wrestler masks. Photo: David Street

Everybody got into the circus spirit. Photo: David StreetEverybody got into the circus spirit. Photo: David Street

The beach bar, where everybody came prepared for the English weather. Photo: David StreetThe beach bar, where everybody came prepared for the English weather. Photo: David Street

Colombian circus stars Circolombia performed an exclusive preview of their latest show to a sell-out audience. Photo: David StreetColombian circus stars Circolombia performed an exclusive preview of their latest show to a sell-out audience. Photo: David Street

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