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Out There Festival celebrates 10th anniversary

Matthew Harrison’s Actual Reality Arcade revives classic arcade games for the outdoor festivalA festival showcasing some of the world’s leading circus and street arts performers is returning to Great Yarmouth for its 10th anniversary year.
The Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts, produced by SeaChange Arts, has gained a reputation for its awe-inspiring spectacles across the streets, parks and open spaces of the town.

It takes place from September 16 to 17 and will feature a plethora of innovative acts for visitors to admire in performances which are mostly free, bringing in crowds to boost local businesses.

There are 11 newly commissioned shows this year, including two from Great Yarmouth.

Among the first six acts unveiled is the Vavel Circus, who will give a UK premiere to their Garbuix family show on Saturday evening at The Drill House, featuring music, energy, bicycles….and a bear!

Other acts announced during the weekend include Charley O’Taney - The Brooklyn Healer, Bingo Lingo by Wild ‘n’ Beets and Humanhood, who will perform Orbis, an outdoor duet exploring the relationship between humankind and the moon.

Great Yarmouth artist Matthew Harrison will showcase his Actual Reality Arcade, a life-sized interactive game zone he has spent months constructing and SeaChange’s resident company Dizzy O’Dare are back with Baba Yaga’s House, which will excite and scare children and adults alike.

Joe Mackintosh, chief executive of SeaChange Arts, organisers of the festival said: “It seems incredible that a decade has passed since our first festival. In that time we’ve brought a fantastic array of world-class performers from around 35 countries to audiences of almost half a million.

“It’s testament to the team here, long-term partners like Great Yarmouth Borough Council, and to the Great Yarmouth public that we approach the tenth festival with the same verve and excitement as each of the previous nine.”

Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area is working in partnership with SeaChange Arts as part of its aim to attract extra visitors out of the main summer holiday period.

Gareth Brown, its chairman said: “The Out There Festival is an absolutely fantastic event as culturally it brings something completely different to the area. Visitors will be treated to some of the most thrilling displays that you will struggle to see elsewhere.”

To mark the 10th birthday celebrations organisers have launched a t-shirt design competition open to artists, designers and creative fans.