People are getting ready for a Latin-style dance party with street food
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From politics to street parties Great Yarmouth Arts Festival 2019 is bringing a mix of artists, spectacle, and creativity to the seaside.
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.
You may also want to watch:
• 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.