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Out There Festival’s first circus symposium takes a leap for Great Yarmouth

15:35 10 September 2014

Out There Festival, Circo Rum Ba Ba L'Hotel. Picture: submiited

Out There Festival, Circo Rum Ba Ba L'Hotel. Picture: submiited

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For the last six years its spellbinding circus and street art stars have captivated delighted audiences throughout Great Yarmouth.

The 10 people that make Out There tick

■ Festival Assistant, Claire Antell - Claire has joined Seachange for the festival for the last two years, covering a range of support roles. This year she’s been busy finding accommodation for 200 artists and nearly 100 symposium guests.

■ Catering, Angelo Carvalho - Regulars at Yarmouth’s Quayside Plaza or Silver Darlings Café will be familiar with Angelo’s inspired catering. However, the usual lunchtime crowd pales by comparison with the 200 artists Angelo feeds and waters at Seachange’s Drill House throughout the festival.

■ Marie Hartley, culture sport and leisure manager, Great Yarmouth Borough Council - The council’s support of Seachange has been integral to the development of Out There. Marie acts as the linchpin between Seachange and the authority helping ensure Out There supports the borough’s corporate and cultural agendas.

■ Artistic director and chief executive of Seachange Arts, Joe Mackintosh - The man behind the Out There Festival, Joe became chief executive of Seachange in 2005. The first festival in 2008 featured a wide variety of artforms, but by 2009 had become focussed on street arts and circus. Joe spends much of his time in Europe, building new partnerships, securing funding and visiting major festivals on the hunt for the next ‘out there’ show.

■ Volunteer, Jamie McGarrity - A familiar face around the festival, Jamie has given his time at each of the seven spectaculars. Carrying out a number or roles including stewarding, publicity and artist support, volunteering has helped him in his day to day life too.

■ Creative Producer, Laurie Miller-Zutshi - Laurie began life with Seachange as a volunteer in 2008 and now looks after the overall running of the festival and six partnership projects that support it. The role sees her deal with any number of duties including booking and managing around 50 international companies and overseeing the delivery of 150 performances.

■ Volunteer Coordinator, Sava Radulovic - Each year Out There recruits around 50 people to support the event as volunteers. Carrying out numerous vital roles, it falls to Sava to recruit and coordinate the volunteers. If you’d like to volunteer this year, there’s still time. Email Sava at volunteering@seachangearts.org.uk

■ Lost in Translation Circus, Massimiliano Rosetti - Massimiliano, or Massi, has become a larger than life figure around Seachange’s Drill House and the festival preparations. As director of resident company Lost in Translation, Massi will be performing at the festival and direct a showcase of local young talent. As a speaker five languages, Massi also comes in useful as resident translator.

■ Technical Manager, Tim Tracey - It’s not all breath-taking acrobats - someone has to make everything click. Whether stages need building, sound systems sorting or marquees erecting, Tim is the ‘go-to’ figure around the festival site.

■ ZEPA 2 Coordinator, Mathilde Vautier - Seachange’s ZEPA projects have helped shape the evolution of the festival through international partnerships. Ensuring all partners work smoothly together is Mathilde, who said it was exciting to witness the growth of Out There.

But when the five-day Out There Festival returns to the resort next week it will be bringing an added extra for those that work behind scenes, by launching a new attraction that will help further cement Norfolk’s place on the UK’s circus map.

For the first time in its seven year history, festival organiser, Sea Change Arts are hosting a circus and street arts symposium for the promoters, producers, programmers and performers that help Out There - and events like it - go off with a high flying bang.

A host of top speakers from the circus world will be attending the two day symposium, which will give artists the chance to network, share ideas and discuss issues surrounding the industry.

It will also act as a further chance to showcase Yarmouth’s performance heritage as delegates will be taken on a tour of the town’s seaside highlights, which will include a show at the Hippodrome and a game of crazy golf.

Darren Cross, Seachange communications director, said the group had been “striving” to host such an event as part of its work to establish Yarmouth as the circus capital of the UK.

“We saw it as an opportunity to really build a major UK event because at the moment there’s not really anything nationally, that brings together the circus and street art sectors professionally to discuss these kind of issues,” he added.

“Using our international connections we’re really bringing together some of the continents leading promoters and producers as well as showing off Norfolk and Yarmouth.”

The symposium’s appeal has exceeded expectations with 90 delegates, from as far as Italy, Estonia and Portugal as well as from across the UK, signing up to take part.

And with 50 acts travelling from across the globe to take part in Out There, the extravaganza is really bringing the international circus world to town.

Mr Cross said: “We’re delighted because the symposium is promising to be quite an exciting event and will hopefully lead to a lot of new, exciting partnerships and that’s one of the key things.

“Everything Out There is to build on the partnerships projects that we work on throughout the year. It’s something we’re constantly striving for in order to continue the growth and success of the festival.”

■ Out There starts next Wednesday, September 17 and runs until September 21. For a full line up and more information visit www.outtherefestival.com

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