People are getting ready for a Latin-style dance party with street food

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival 2019 features a colourful parade that will start at the Waterways, cele

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival 2019 features a colourful parade that will start at the Waterways, celebrating its restoration Picture: GYAF - Credit: GYAF

From politics to street parties Great Yarmouth Arts Festival 2019 is bringing a mix of artists, spectacle, and creativity to the seaside.

Kumpania Algazarra will be performing at the Festa Fiesta on Saturday June 8, 2019 Picture: GYAF

Kumpania Algazarra will be performing at the Festa Fiesta on Saturday June 8, 2019 Picture: GYAF - Credit: GYAF

The June event is brimming with varied events for all tastes from a dance party to a showcase of local art.

It also includes the town's carnival, which this summer draws on the local links with the energy industry as its theme.

Festival highlights between June 7 and 16 include:

• June 7 – HMS Pinafore, classic Gilbert and Sullivan by Opera Anywhere at St George's Theatre.

Teenage Gorleston cellist Maxim Calver, who was a BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist last year.

Teenage Gorleston cellist Maxim Calver, who was a BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist last year. He will be performing at Great Yarmouth Arts Festival 2019 Picture:GYAF - Credit: GYAF


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• June 8 - Upbeat music and fun during an energy-themed carnival, plus a Latin-flavoured Festa Fiesta dance party and street food

• June 12 – a competition of one-act plays putting the talent of five East Anglian drama groups in the spotlight.

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• June 13 – T#e Accidentals, flute, piano and soprano vocals trio perform music from Bach and Bernstein to Schubert and Sondheim

• June 15 - classical music from Mendelsohn and Elgar featuring teenage Gorleston cellist Maxim Calver, who was a BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist last year.

• June 16 – an afternoon chat with ITN political editor Michael Brunson reflecting on top stories he has covered

• All week – art and photography in the Minster, and on the Market Place railings on June 8

• All week – Heritage Guided Walks, including the historic quayside, rows and seafront

The festival started life in 2012 as a fundraiser for the town's Minster but has grown to embrace an ever-widening range of events.

A drive to encourage community involvement is underway with fiesta workshops including making carnival costumes, banners and musical instruments for the parade.

Festival chairman Hugh Sturzaker said: 'This is an opportunity for Great Yarmouth to showcase its talents, see international artists and participate in a week of great art in its many forms.'

The energy theme for the carnival draws upon the town's modern day role as a hub for the offshore oil, gas and wind industries and the festival would be keen to attract sponsorship and volunteers from companies in the sector, he added.

For more details visit the festival website www.greatyarmouthartsfestival.co.uk

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