Festival exotic costumes boost thanks to splash of cash

PUBLISHED: 13:28 02 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:28 02 April 2016

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival mammoth parade.

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival mammoth parade.

Ever more exotic and spectacular carnival costumes will take to the streets of Great Yarmouth this summer thanks to a splash of cash.

Two grants totalling more that £23,000 have been handed to Great Yarmouth Arts Festival ahead of its third showpiece parade in June.

One for £14,980 has come from the Arts Council England through its Grants for the Arts programme, with a second award for £8,375 made by the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area.

Organisers say it means the parade - set to feature giant rock ‘n’ roll puppets - will be “bigger and better” than the previous two.

Taking its inspiration from the Halfway to Paradise exhibition on loan from the V&A at the Time and Tide Museum more than 40 groups will be taking part in the procession focusing on music and modes of transport from canoes to magic carpets.

The parade on June 4 will start on the seafront, pass up Regent Road, through the Market Place, along King Street and then divide.

Part will go to the library where a community fair will be held, and the rest of the parade will go back to the Market Place to perform.

Throughout the day there will be music, dancing, acrobats, art on the railings and many other activities.

The plaza at St George’s will be the setting for a Battle of the Buskers.

Meanwhile, thanks to the funding boost, Mahogany Carnival, which provided costumes for the London Olympics and helps with the Luton Carnival and others worldwide, will be coming to Yarmouth for a weekend to hold master-classes to teach local artists how to make exotic costumes.

The carnival marks the start of a week of music, theatre, visual art and promotion of Yarmouth’s great heritage leading up to the Queen’s official 90th birthday which will be marked by a concert in the Minster.

Festival chairman Hugh Sturzaker said: “We are extremely grateful to the Arts Council and the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area for these awards.

“It shows the confidence they have in the Arts Festival which has been going for four years. Its aims are to increase people’s interest and participation in the arts in all their forms, to showcase what is great in Yarmouth, to raise the aspirations of the young and to help the local economy by increasing the number of visitors to the borough. “In addition, we want people to participate in the activities we are providing and to enjoy themselves.”

Tricia Hall, chair of arts group Creative Collisions, said “Twenty five young people from the network will work alongside professional puppet makers Tinhouse Arts to create five giant rock ’n’ roll puppets for the parade. Young artists relish the opportunity to learn new skills and produce something on such a spectacular scale which they can show off to the whole community. This will be the third time that we have participated in the festival parade and it is a real highlight of the year.”

Colin Stott, learning manager for Norfolk Museums Service based at the Time and Tide Museum and chairman of the Cultural Education Partnership, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to bring community groups together with arts, heritage and cultural organisations to celebrate this exciting time in Great Yarmouth’s history and also to showcase the fabulous mix of different cultures present in the town today.”

For more information visit or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Other News

Norfolk Police are “increasingly concerned” for the welfare of a missing man in Great Yarmouth.

42 minutes ago

Train operator Greater Anglia is undertaking a trial with its team of land sheriffs that could prevent hours of delays in East Anglia.


Police have appealed for witnesses after a video of a man wielding a knife in one of Great Yarmouth’s main thoroughfares was widely shared on social media.


A hobby lensman has captured on camera something some keen wildlife watchers never seen in ten years - the birth of a seal.

Most Read

Yesterday, 17:05

Business owners have warned that people are too scared to go onto a town centre street amid fears of a rise in violence at weekends.

Read more
Mon, 12:33

A road rage incident in Great Yarmouth saw a man leave his car and try and get into another driver’s car when it was stopped at traffic lights.

Read more
Mon, 15:17

A woman who was wanted by police on recall to prison has been found in Great Yarmouth.

Read more
Norfolk Police
Yesterday, 07:17

A woman thought she was going to die as her ex-partner stamped on her head twice and broke her nose, a court heard.

Read more
Norwich Crown Court
Yesterday, 18:07

An historic Great Yarmouth housing estate is in line for a multi-million pound makeover which will improve housing for more than 1,000 people and hopefully build new homes for a few more.

Read more
Andy Grant

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 5°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today


Newsletter Sign Up

Great Yarmouth Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy