One of East Lincolnshire’s most anticipated arts and culture events is currently underway, but there’s still an incredible finale weekend to come.
From July 5 and 6, SO Festival will take over Skegness to end this year’s festival in an epic fashion – complete with awe-inspiring street theatre, a town-wide Bolero and a magnificent Saturday night performance starting in the town centre and making its way onto the beach.
Throughout the weekend, visitors can experience the Great British High Street, Aesop’s Fables and Goethe’s Faust in a whole new light during Without Walls’ showcase of the best in contemporary dance and outdoor performance art – featuring acts from across the UK, including London’s Inspector Sands and Les Enfants Terribles, as well as Newcastle’s Southpaw Dance Company.
Other street theatre performances taking place over the weekend includes Suffolk’s Insect Circus – a unique circus show complete with physical theatre and gigantic performing bugs; a tale of three clowns reaching for new heights during Mattress Circus; and a theatrical exploration of food during Black Country Touring’s Eat!
Art installations will also be set up around Skegness on Saturday and Sunday, including the wise and whispering Echo Funnel and a hilarious Dive-In Movie aboard a pedalo.
On Saturday July 5 at 2pm, a Big Dance Mass Bolero will take place throughout Skegness to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Torvill and Dean’s Olympic Gold victory.
To take part alongside professional dancers and other festival-goers, email firstname.lastname@example.org and attend the noon or 12:30pm rehearsal workshops to learn the moves.
At 9:45pm on Saturday, visitors can experience a nighttime spectacular unlike any other as And Now puts on Shoal – an illuminated parade through Skegness, followed by a breathtaking display of fountains, fire and flares on the beach!
Driven by captivating sounds, composed by Stu Barker and performed by Skegness Silver Band and members of Sinfonia Viva, Shoal will feature a mesmerising combination of crowd choreography and music – the likes of which have never been seen before.
To get involved or find out more about taking part, email email@example.com or call 01507 613445.
Festivities on Sunday July 6 include a BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire concert at 6pm, featuring sets from some of the East Midland’s most talented, unsigned acts including Lincoln’s Lunar, The Pylons and Jay Tryer; Gainsborough’s They Say Fall; Market Rasen’s Toucan Uke; and Nottingham’s Lacey, Robyn Hughes-Jones and Last Days of Disco.
Garsington Opera also returns to SO Festival on Sunday with a Big Screen on the Beach broadcast of Offenbach’s Vert-Vert at 1pm – a performance full of sparkling wit and intoxicating melodies telling the tragically comic story of a French convent’s pupils, their deceased parrot and their devotion for an unsuspecting and innocent young man.
To top off the weekend, SO Festival’s Travelling Show of Outrageous Novelty will also be touring Skegness all day on Saturday and Sunday, featuring acrobatics and high-energy routines from Tanzania’s Afrikan Warriors, Australia’s Miss Gracie and Fatt Matt and Hereford’s 2Faced Dance – along with the highly entertaining and fanciful roaming pony traps.
Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism at the District Council, Councillor Adam Grist, said: “After months of preparation and anticipation, it’s wonderful to finally see SO Festival 2014 underway.
“Visitors and residents from all of the market towns we’ve already visited have really enjoyed the wonderful programme our new festival director has arranged for this year – but the it’s not over yet. We still have a finale weekend in Skegness to come, which will really bring an unforgettable end to this year’s festival.”
SO Festival 2014 began with an evening visit to Horncastle last Saturday, complete with magnificent projections and fascinating art installations, along with the festival’s Travelling Show of Outrageous Novelty.
The show then made its way through East Lincolnshire, stopping in at Tattershall Castle on 29th June, Alford on 30th June, Spilsby on 1st July, Woodhall Spa on 2nd July, Mablethorpe on 3rd July and Louth on 4th July.
Funded by East Lindsey District Council, Arts Council England and Centrica Energy, SO Festival 2014 is inspired by transport, journeys and travel. Reviving the centuries-old tradition of travelling entertainment, curiosities and wonderment, this year’s nine-day festival will once again visit East Lindsey’s market towns starting from 28th June.
For more information about this year’s programme, artists and performances, visit www.sofestival.org, www.facebook.com/SOFestival or follow @SOFestival on Twitter.