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Charity responsible for Out There Festival hopes to continue ‘representing the entertainment heritage’ in Great Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 17:36 14 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:51 14 September 2018

Out There Festival 2017. Picture: Archant

Out There Festival 2017. Picture: Archant

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The arts based development charity which has brought some of the most talented international street artists to Great Yarmouth is hoping to continue ‘representing the entertainment heritage’ in Yarmouth.

Renowned designer Wayne Hemingway spoke at the Seaside Rocks conference. Picture: David StreetRenowned designer Wayne Hemingway spoke at the Seaside Rocks conference. Picture: David Street

SeaChange Arts who are responsible for bringing the Out There Festival to the town wants residents to take “ownership” of the festival in a bid to help revive Great Yarmouth.

The Out There Festival sees a variety of international street artist and circus entrainment acts perform wild and wacky acts across the town.

The action started today and will continue throughout the weekend.

Chief executive of SeaChange Arts, Joe Mackintosh, said: “We’ve got a number of tremendous acts coming back and I believe this years is the best programme we’ve had. The audiences are going to be treated to a number of exciting things from brilliant acts. They will be blown away.”

SeaChange Arts are extremely pleased with the positive influences they’ve had on a number of seaside towns including Lowestoft, Morecombe and Margate.

Mr Mackintosh said: “We’ve all been really upbeat and we are smashing our targets. We’re now looking to build on the success of our work and look ahead to the future.

The Out There Festival is continuing to grow in popularity and is seeing a greater number of people attend the festival from further afield.

Mr Mackintosh said: “99pc of people think that the festival is significantly changing the town for the better.

“We still want to include more local people particular younger residents who can get more involved and take ownership of their town.”

As part of the Seaside Rocks conference which took place today discussions were had on how to rejuvenate Great Yarmouth even further.

Mr Mackintosh believes the town should be looking to explore its european cultural influence more.

He added: “There’s a strong Portuguese influence in Yarmouth and we should be using these aspects to promote quite a quirky seaside town and encourage more people to live here.”

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