Pledge to make Great Yarmouth Arts Festival bigger and better

PUBLISHED: 07:10 22 August 2014

Carnival procession from the Market Place, along King Street to St George’s Plaza. 
The ‘sea and shore’ heritage-themed procession, part of the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival.

Picture: James Bass

Carnival procession from the Market Place, along King Street to St George’s Plaza. The ‘sea and shore’ heritage-themed procession, part of the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival. Picture: James Bass

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Organisers behind the celebration of Great Yarmouth’s arts scene are pledging to take the festival further, expanding into Gorleston and growing the carnival parade.

But despite the groundswell of public support for the raft of events laid on in June more bodies are needed to shoulder the burden of staging the festival inspired by an enthusiastic drive to share the town’s historic treasures and artistic talents with more people.

Festival chairman Hugh Sturzaker, said: “Putting on this festival involves a small group of people in a great deal of work and we really need some more helpers in the management of the festival.

“In particular we need people with experience in promotion and advertising and in raising funds so that we can bring bigger names and advertise the festival more widely and effectively. Apart from bringing a variety of high quality art to the local community we look upon this festival as a means of attracting more visitors to the town which will help the local economy.”

Next year’s festival will run from Friday June 5 to Sunday June 14.

Already plans are underway to host sections devoted to music, visual art, theatre, film and to promote the town’s wealth of heritage.

Also the carnival procession and its series of attendant workshops will be bigger and better and hopefully staged in better weather in 2015, a cruelly timed downpour doing nothing to dampen spirits as youngsters made their way from the Fisherman’s Hospital in an array of sea-themed outfits.

Over 1300 people visited the art exhibition in the Minster and over 1374 people participated in the various workshops.

As a result of the festival a film club is being started based at St George’s Theatre and Art on the Railings with music and dance will become a regular feature around the plaza.

Meanwhile the Shard of Great Yarmouth - a tower of shimmering fish - will be used as the gateway to the Maritime Festival in September.

The festival also boosted the ‘Follow the Herring’ project and was part of a national event calling at 13 places down the east coast of Britain.

The main venues will be the Minster, St George’s Theatre, the library and the Time and Tide Museum. Other venues are still being discussed and it is hoped to involve Gorleston next year.

In June festival celebrations focused on centenary celebrations for double Oscar winning cinematographer Jack Cardiff with a Cardiff cut-out trail, exhibition of memorabilia and screenings of his films.

There is an outline programme for the festival and Pakefield Singers are returning to give a performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana under their director Vetta Wise. People interested in promoting the festival or raising funds should leave their details at

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