Out there festival, Great Yarmouth

Get Out There in Great Yarmouth to celebrate 250 years of circus

The Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts: Fri 14 – Sun 16 September 2018

Out there festival, Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth’s Out There Festival has become something of a must-see event over the last decade. Audiences from across the country now make an annual pilgrimage to the east coast town for a weekend of free entertainment from the world’s finest circus and street artists.

The archetypal seaside town is undergoing a quiet revolution, and is now known across the continent, as much for its circus and street arts, as for its traditional seaside entertainment.

Out there festival, Great Yarmouth

The Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts takes place across the town centre from 14-16 September – and it’s completely free. Around 50,000 people flock to the town each year for a wacky weekend of crazy comedy, breath-taking spectacle and ‘out there’ happenings - a spectacular riot of colour, thrills, spills and fun to delight and entertain all the family.

This year it’s part of Circus250, a national celebration of the 250th anniversary of the first ever circus, staged in 1768 in London by showman Philip Astley. In September the national spotlight falls on Great Yarmouth, which together with Norwich, has been designated as one of six UK Cities of Circus for the celebrations.

Out there festival, Great Yarmouth

This year’s Out There Festival will include around 30 companies from countries including France, Spain, Belgium and New Zealand. Barcelona’s Circo Eia bring amazing teeterboard and trampoline skills, there’s offbeat mayhem from France’s Tout en Vrac and New Zealand’s knockout performer Fraser Hooper brings his comic boxing challenge to take on all comers.

The big headline event comes from French street arts titans, Générik Vapeur, who will be returning to Great Yarmouth to collaborate with Gorilla Circus. Together they will create a special Circus250 version of their legendary anarchic street show Bivouac, featuring 250 local people.

First seen in Great Yarmouth in 2010, Bivouac is still imprinted on the minds of everyone that saw it. Blue men and women marched, ran and danced through the streets in a pyrotechnic extravaganza, banging oil drums and accompanied by fire, smoke loud music and general mayhem, leading to a spectacular, anarchic and explosive finale.

Out there festival, Great Yarmouth

The festival has established a reputation for bringing UK audiences the weird and the wonderful, the outrageous and outstanding, with an incredibly cosmopolitan line up of acts from the across the globe. The international flavour is part of what makes Out There so vibrant.

Catch the last of the summer with a fantastic free festival of world-class talent when you visit one of Norfolk seaside gems.


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