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9th Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts

Gorilla Circus at night

This year marks the 9th Out There - almost a decade of outstanding circus and street arts, successfully bringing together the people of Great Yarmouth with visitors from across the UK and Europe.

A host of circus and street art talent from the UK, Europe and South America is set to bring Great Yarmouth alight with spectacle, spectacular skills and sensational fun for all the family. The eagerly awaited festival takes place on Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September – and most of it is completely FREE! Find a full events listing here.

An exciting new development this year sees Out There organisers SeaChange Arts enter into a partnership with Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area (GYTABIA). Thanks to a grant from Arts Council England and and match funding from GYTABIA, they have collaborated to develop a packed programme of daytime and evening events on the seafront, bringing brilliant shows full of light and sound to the town’s Golden Mile, the jewel in Great Yarmouth’s crown.

Out There 2016 also features the re-launch of SeaChange’s base the Drill House following its £1.5million redevelopment and refurbishment. For the first time there will be both indoor and outdoor events at the historic hall, which will become an international circus centre for performance and creation alongside holding a vital community role for the town.

SeaChange Arts Chief Executive Joe Mackintosh commented ‘We’ve packed our traditional festival centre, St. George’s Park with top quality shows but are really pleased to be expanding the festival programme on the Seafront, which is only possible thanks to our fruitful partnership with GYTABIA.’

The seafront programme, taking place throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday - and extending to 11pm on Friday and Saturday evenings, is packed with highlights. These include the World Premier performance of Gorilla Circus’ Altitude, a high flying aerial spectacular part-created in Great Yarmouth that blends traditional circus skills with the unexpected. Trapeze, high wire and a host of other high altitude acts will meet giant hydraulic arms and a purpose built structure that is as much a character and part of the show as the performers are! Worldwide dates are being booked for Altitude to follow its Out There performances.

VJ Suave from Brazil bring their show Suaveciclo to the seafront. A specially adapted tricycle roams the area projecting images that fly, run and leap across the landscape creating magical characters and stories that come to life and invite public interaction. Worldbeater’s mesmeric Spark! features high impact drumming, vibrant musical arrangements, beautiful lighting design, dynamic choreography, dazzling costumes and lovable characters. Featuring a splendid, fully functioning merry-go-round, Carousel is stylish and energetic dance theatre, set on a splendid fully functioning merry-go-round that imagines what the fairground people get up to after dark.

Over at St Georges Park there are as many thrills, spills, skills and as much family fun as can be shoehorned into the space! Leading figures from the worlds of dance and circus combine in NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse’s collaborative piece, Block. Avanti Display, one of the UK’s leading street arts companies bring a special ‘Greatest Hits’ package of shows while Norfolk’s own Glasshouse present a surreal dance street theatre piece, Us.
Pickled Image’s Coulrophobia is the first show to be presented in the Drill House. Featuring clowns Dik and Adam in a ridiculous, anarchic, often hysterical and sometimes terrifying quest for freedom from a surreal cardboard world. The show is ticketed with tickets available from St. George’s Theatre on 01493 331484.

Following Out There the Drill Hall will stage regular shows as well as providing facilities for companies from around Europe to create new work and become the ‘engine room’ for much of the festival’s future programme.

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

As well as featuring the pick of home grown UK acts, there are companies bringing shows from France, Brazil and Spain. While firmly based in Great Yarmouth, SeaChange works extensively throughout the year with partners in Europe which helps give the festival such an international flavour.

Seachange are also leading a new national network, Coasters, a consortium of 10 organisations from locations around the coast of England. Coasters aims to enliven and reanimate the cultural economies of English seaside towns by touring world class circus and street arts.

Joe Mackintosh added ‘Tourism is such a vital part of Great Yarmouth and Out There very much supports that. This year we’re working in partnership with the BID company (GYTABIA) to drive many more visitors to the festival and enhance the town’s visitor economy.’

Gareth Brown, GYTABIA chairman, said ‘We’re delighted to be working alongside Seachange Arts and the Out There Festival to expand the impact of the festival, to bring more festival programming to the town’s main tourist area, the seafront and to bring those festival audiences into contact with seafront traders.’
Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said: ‘Out There is a great festival, offering people of all ages a fantastic opportunity to experience some of the world’s best circus and street arts. But it is much more than an arts festival, it puts Great Yarmouth on the map. It creates an exciting buzz around the town and attracts internationally renowned artists to perform, building on SeaChange Arts’ year round work with artists and audiences. We are really excited to see the role that the arts is playing in the regeneration of Great Yarmouth, particularly through the new partnership with Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area to drive increased tourism for the town.’

Full details of the Out There Festival can be found online.