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Festival stunt in the balance

PUBLISHED: 17:46 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 12:08 03 July 2010

THE wobbles and stumbles showed how hard it is to walk a tightrope - even when it is only 2ft off the ground.

But watch tomorrow evening in Great Yarmouth's Market Place when Frenchman Didier Pasquette will be walking 15m above the crowds from the top of Palmers department store to Market Gates shopping centre.

THE wobbles and stumbles showed how hard it is to walk a tightrope - even when it is only 2ft off the ground.

But watch tomorrow evening in Great Yarmouth's Market Place when Frenchman Didier Pasquette will be walking 15m above the crowds from the top of Palmers department store to Market Gates shopping centre.

The daring stunt - performed without safety net -will take place at 6pm and is being billed as a dazzling highlight of the town's first Out There festival.

The festival programme, put together at a cost of more than £180,000 by the town's SeaChange Arts charity, began on Thursday and finishes on Sunday, with an international music festival bringing together musicians from as far afield as Zimbabwe, Cuba, Brazil and Iceland.

Other highlights will include a colourful Latin-style carnival event, presented by Dende theatre company working with local people, a host of street acts and a show at the Hippodrome which has Royal Philharmonic Orchestra musicians and an orchestra playing instruments made out of rubbish on the same bill.

The Market Place is being transformed into a festival village for the event and attractions will range from a demonstration by blacksmiths to a working wood-fired Finnish sauna which people will be able to enter to watch projections.

Mr Pasquette, who is due to arrive today to set up his rope to the correct tension, was taught by fellow countryman Philippe Petit, renowned for a high-wire walk between the former Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Centre.

For more details on the Out There Festival, turn to the Entertainments Guide.

t Visit www.outtherefestival.com for more information.


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