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Skegness SO Festival

Skegness SO Festival 2017

The 2017 SO festival dates and lineup will appear here closer to the time, please read on for more details on previous years:

Traditional seaside entertainment and sunshine greeted thousands of SO Festival visitors as the family-friendly event came to East Lincolnshire.
Audiences of over 85,000 flocked to see some of the UK’s very best circus entertainment, music, theatre and visual arts.

SO Festival’s programme ran over 11 days visiting Horncastle, Louth, Alford, Mablethorpe, Woodhall Spa and Spilsby before finishing in Skegness for a three-day spectacular. Esther Noon, who enjoyed the event with her family, was delighted with SO Festival believing it was a fantastic day out for them all. She said: “This was the first time that we have come to SO Festival and it has been brilliant. “We especially enjoyed the Circus Heroes show – we were laughing the whole way through. My sister was meant to go back to Nottingham but she stayed even longer just to see the end of the show.”


Let’s Circus performed every day during the festival bringing their show, Circus Heroes to each of the seven towns and Skegness. Steve Cousins, the
ringmaster and director of Let’s Circus was delighted to be a part of such a fantastic event.He said: “The festival has been great. Every day and every town has been completely different – we have really enjoyed ourselves“Everyone has been very welcoming, with both adults and children really engaging with the show. I performed at the festival last year and would happily perform again next year if the audience wants us back.”.


Among the artists performing during the festival were Candoco Dance Company who showcased their piece, Two for C to audiences in Skegness over the weekend. Adam Gain, the company dancer enjoyed bringing their show to the event. He said: “The audiences have been great and very welcoming; we have had a brilliant time performing to them. “The location was an added bonus as well. Even people who were just visiting the beach would hear the music and were drawn to the festival. For us it was a way to expose the arts and dance to holiday makers and locals who wouldn’t normally expect it.”


This years festival was inspired by traditional seaside entertainment. Saturday nights entertainment ended in sensational style, with a twilight spectacular rollercoaster and musical soundscape climaxing in a crescendo of fireworks that had the crowds holding the breath as they gazed skyward.


The arts spectacular finished on a high on Sunday night with an awe-inspiring aerial dance display performance by All or Nothing. The aerial dance theatre group wowed the crowds by abseiling down the side of the Embassy Theatre performing their 1930s inspired show, ‘What a Picture!’ Performance artist Danuta Ramos danced and twirled mid-air above the Embassy Theatre from a crane as part of the breath-taking finale.
On behalf of Skegness we would like to thank everyone who attended and performed at the 2015 SO Festival and look forward to seeing you all again next year.

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Previous Years Festival Highlights:

Bad Taste Cru
In ‘Tribal Assembly’ (Comitia Tributa), Newcastle-based champion b-boy (breakdance) crew, Bad Taste Cru, fuse physical theatre, dynamic b-boy moves and body contact work to tell the story of four very different characters and their part in society.

 
 
Big Bang
The French master giant puppeteers return with their new BIG SHOW which tells the story of the Universe and its passage through time from the very beginning with the BIG BANG.

 

Time as the theme of the show materialized by the minute hand of a clock, accelerating or slowing down during the scenes over 14 billions years.

Unidentified Flying Objects roam without rhyme or reason and then they are going slowly in the centre. A human totem rises : at the top : a head : the Eye ! A clock starts up backwards.

 

xtravaganza
The French master giant puppeteers return with their new BIG SHOW which tells the story of the Universe and its passage through time from the very beginning with the BIG BANG.

Time as the theme of the show materialized by the minute hand of a clock, accelerating or slowing down during the scenes over 14 billions years.

 
Joyous Jamboree
Two become four as Val and Babs are joined by “Wendy Willing” and “Mable Able”.

 

Performed by Swank, Joyous Jamboree is a fully interactive Camp installation – complete with bivouacs, flagpoles and of course, the camp fire for good old sing songs. Join the pack in their natural habitat, learn skills you never knew you needed, and play silly games for the chance to win an exciting range of new badges!

 
The Iron Man
Graeae presents The Iron Man by Ted Hughes adapted for Graeae by Paul Sirett and co-directed by Jenny Sealey and Amit Sharma

 

The unexpected arrival of the towering Iron Man casts a shadow of fear across a small farm community. But when an enormous dragon from outer-space threatens to annihilate the planet, it is the Iron Man who comes to the rescue. Ted Hughes’ classic modern fable is brought to life through a colossal iron puppet, live and recorded soundscapes and a compelling mix of words, sign language and audio descriptive narrative.

Winner of the Latest 7 Award for Best Children’s Show at The Brighton Festival 2011 and three NNFEST Children Choice Awards, at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2011.

Composer and Sound Designer Lewis Gibson
Designer Sofie Layton

 

All this fun and more! We hope to see you here in Skegness for what looks to be a fabulous lineup at the 2015 SO Festival.

For the latest up-to date info visit the SO Festival website please click here.