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First acts announced for Out There Festival

Out There Festival pre. Picture: SFP Communications

Out There Festival pre. Picture: SFP Communications

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The first acts for this year’s Out There festival have been announced.

The annual international circus event will see Great Yarmouth flooded with street artists and performers.

For the first time this year there will also be a full programme of acts on the seafront too.

Chief executive of SeaChange Arts, who organise the event, Joe Mackintosh said: “We’ll be packing our traditional festival centre, St. George’s Park with top quality shows but we are also really pleased to be expanding the festival programme on the Seafront.”

A host of talent from the UK, Europe and South America is set to descend on the town bringing spectacle, spectacular skills and sensational fun for all the family.

The festival, which is free, takes place from Friday, September 16, until Sunday, September 18. The seafront programme will extend to 11pm on Friday and Saturday evenings as well as throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.

Some of the acts at this year’s festival will include:

n Altitude by UK company Gorilla Circus – This show has been created in Great Yarmouth and will go on tour around the world after its debut here. The act features flying trapeze, high wire and a host of other high altitude acts meet with a specially built high rise rig with hydraulic arms, that is as much a character and part of the show as the performers are.

n Do Not Disturb by Spanish company Vaivén Circo – The UK premiere of this performance shows four characters in an early 20th century factory try to build a large wheel, without instructions. Fun, excitement and tricky acrobatics ensue as they attempt to find the correct solution but repeatedly get it wrong.

n Suaveciclo – hailing from Brazil this specially adapted tricycle that will roam the seafront, projecting images that fly, run and leap across the landscape and creating magical characters and stories that come to life.

n Carousel – With a splendid, fully functioning merry-go-round as the centrepiece, this stylish and energetic dance theatre that imagines what fairground people get up to after dark.

n Night time promenade street show Spark! features high impact drumming, vibrant musical arrangements, beautiful lighting design, dynamic choreography, dazzling costumes, and lovable characters.

n Garden Party by Compagnie No. 8 (France) – another UK premiere. A slapstick untamed absurdist play about social rituals, norms and values, the elite and etiquette, selfishness and despair.

n The Festival ends with a magnificent watery finale from Avanti Display, one of the UK’s longest established outdoor companies, who will also be presenting a Greatest Hits package of their shows from the last thirty years throughout the festival.

Out There 2016 also sees the re-launch of SeaChange’s base the Drill House, following its £1.5million redevelopment and refurbishment.

Out There is now one of the country’s largest festivals of its kind, attracting audiences of more than 50,000 to Great Yarmouth from all over the eastern region and across the UK and beyond, becoming a key event for visitors and locals alike.

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