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The Making Waves Together programme aims to get the community involved at different levels and delivers a range of activities across Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. To view upcoming events please click here.


Pop-Up Performances and Rollercoaster

What if the humble potato was discovered in Lowestoft or the toaster was invented in the town? The Marina Theatre will be holding home-grown and takeaway performances around Lowestoft Town Centre telling the story of the alternative history of Lowestoft in the summer 2019. The Marina will also be taking the theatre into the community, including performances and cinema, taking what the Theatre is famous for into outside spaces and community venues, reaching new audiences.

SeaChange Arts is delivering a Rollercoaster project which aims, through a series of creative activities, to engage and consult residents of all ages and to encourage them to attend the Out There Festival as audiences and participate in the festival.


Seaside Collections

This project raises the profile of coastal and seaside heritage in both towns by co-creating temporary exhibitions and pop-up museums to reach and engage with the communities. It also builds capacity within museums through skills development to build confidence and expertise to deliver future events inspired by museum collections. Delivered by Time and Tide as part the Norfolk Museum Service and Lowestoft Museums’ as part of the Association of Suffolk Museums, it will enhance the tourism offer in both towns and inspire local residents. The project also aims to make the collections more accessible for all audiences, including handling boxes available for outreach or group visits to Time and Tide.


Underground Gallery

Underground Gallery

Reprezent profiles Great Yarmouth artists through film, exploring key cultural assets and spaces. This community-led group also transforms the town’s underpasses into public outdoor galleries, adding more colour and energy into these areas.


Historic Rows and Scores

Both Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft have historic medieval passageways, known locally as the Rows and Scores. This project gives residents of the towns the opportunity to explore the importance of these through collecting memories, stories and creating artwork inspired by the passageways.

Delivered by Great Yarmouth, the project also allows local people to learn and develop conservation skills, which in turn helps build their CV’s and experiences.

Ultimately the aim is to revitalise the town centres and maximise the role of cultural and creative communities in making public spaces feel more vibrant and make them more enjoyable. 

To register your interest in being involved in the Historic Rows and Scores project please click here.

Part of the project is the ongoing task of keeping the streets of Yarmouth clear of litter. The 'Street Level' team meets up weekly on Tuesdays to make Yarmouth a better place by making it look nicer by initally simply getting rid of all the litter that is prevalent around the town.

Flower beds have now started to be added around the rows, focusing on areas that have flowerbeds that have been left abandoned in the past, but are still usable. 

The street level team is lead by Rachel Harrison, and if you want to take part in the project, you can visit us at 133 King Street at 10 on Tuesdays or get in contact with Rachel by email at or call 07785750129.


Dance Map at Sparrows Nest

Lowestoft Dance Map

Taking place in and around Lowestoft town centre, Dance East and the Association of Suffolk Museums are working with residents to interpret collections from Lowestoft Museums and the Maritime Museum through movement and dance.

Concentrating on the cultural tradition of the Scot Girls (also known as the Fishergirls), whose job was to sort, prepare and pack fish, each performance will be filmed to create a recorded response to local history and historical features. It will then be used as permanent displays at museums and cultural venues.

DanceEast is currently looking for individuals, schools and community groups to get involved in the 2019 project working with Glass House Dance and the Lowestoft Museum to create a performance through workshops which celebrates aspects of Lowestoft’s rich history. Contact Alyson Tipping for more information


Great Yarmouth Expo

This activity allows local people to be involved in originalprojects; led workshops where they can nominate aspects of Great Yarmouth that make it ‘Great’ and also identify new cultural assets.

These assets are then shared across the town through exhibitions, publications, souvenirs, cultural symbols and by creating new traditions. Community members play a pivotal role in producing these and have them displayed in redundant shops and empty spaces.

originalprojects; are currently planning their events schedule for 2019.

They will be holding regular free workshops on Tuesdays, creating art, craft and design objects informed by Great Yarmouth and produced in collaboration with artists, makers and designers. The results will be made available for sale at the second Great Yarmouth Contemporary; Art, Craft & Design Fair through the Great Yarmouth creative group; 'Put A Pebble On It". Details of workshops will be posted on their Facebook page.

They are also planning a series of exhibitions and events that will uncover, support and promote cultural assets of Great Yarmouth, and also introduce new ideas and ways of working to respond to.


Watertight Words

Watertight Words

Flipside are working in partnership with Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project to explore flood protection technology through art and literature, including a final art piece etched on a glass section of the new flood wall at Lowestoft South Pier. Flipside launched their pop-up art installations on the former Town Hall in Lowestoft as part of Watertight Words on 23rd June 2018. This project encompasses what many of our partners are doing, working collaboratively and engaging young people in the vision of the towns, the project reached 1,431 children.


Wind Power

FlipSide will work with school children in Great Yarmouth to develop an exhibition of flags, using colour, height, sound and movement to tell the story of the power of wind, linked to fishing, windmills and the town’s aspirations to be at the centre of renewable energy production. This project supports the work of the Local Cultural Educational Partnerships in both towns by providing opportunities for children and young people to take part in cultural activities.

Flags will be exhibited at the Waterways and Boating Lake on Great Yarmouth seafront, which is currently being restored by Great Yarmouth Borough Council in partnership with the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund, BIG Lottery Fund, New Anglia LEP and DCLG.


Untold Tales

Untold Tales – Playwriting

The Marina Theatre runs a yearly playwriting project, which sees school children work with a storyteller and drama facilitator to shape stories based on local histories. It enables them to develop an understanding of their community and heritage, develop their skills and build a sense of pride and achievement. A selection of the scripts are performed at the Marina Theatre to showcase the youngster’s talents and hard work.

Registration of interest for Untold Tales 2019 is now open and the Marina Theatre are looking for 10 schools to get involved this year. For further information please click here.


Cultural Education

Enjoy Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Rising Local Education Partnerships (LCEP) are working closer together to support the delivery of the Cultural Manifestoes and strengthen their capacity to drive the local education offer. These partnerships connect schools, children and young people with arts and cultural activity, where they may not have had the opportunity before, these partnerships are supported by Arts Council England’s network of Bridge organisations.


Creative Forum and Venue Development

Creative Forum and Venue Development

Workshops, gatherings and networks are held in both Great Yarmouth (SeaChange Arts) and Lowestoft (Marina Theatre) for emerging cultural enterprises, established groups and creative people. They offer up the chance to meet new likeminded people, share ideas and take part in learning opportunities to benefit the individual and towns.

Both towns are rich in landmark performance venues and Making Waves Together is enabling them to come together and work together. This includes looking at audience development and how to reach out to them, marketing opportunities and planning future activities to engage more people in culture. This is being delivered by the Marina Theatre Trust and SeaChange Arts, working with St. Georges Theatre and the Seagull Theatre.


Cultural Acceleration in Lowestoft

Waveney District Council is working with the Lowestoft communities and partners to create and deliver a cultural strategy for the town. It is helping support cultural organisations to share good practice and develop knowledge and skills in order to raise awareness in the town.

For more information on the Making Waves Together activities and how to get involved please contact:
Helen Johnson, Great Places Coordinator
Telephone@ 01502 523398