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The carnival procession will take place on Saturday 21 September starting at 11am from just south of the Waterways on the Seafront.

It will pass up Regent Road, through the Market Place, along King Street and end at St. George’s Theatre about 12.30pm where there will be music and dance on the Plaza prior to a performance by Yarmonics at 3pm.

Anyone wishing to participate would be very welcome and there are some spare costumes and banners to carry.

If interested contact: PatHowe394@btinternet.com

video by the students of East Coast College - see the full version here

To the seventh Great Yarmouth Arts Festival, the sixth Carnival and Community Fair and the second Festa Fiesta. There is something here for everyone: from classical music to pop, theatre to street circus, Art in the Minster to Art on the Railings, and literature to heritage.

The Carnival theme is energy as Great Yarmouth was the base for the search for oil and gas in the North Sea and is now the centre for the installation and management of wind turbines offshore. Historically, windmills here have been essential in pumping water from the land into the rivers. The Carnival procession will start off a spectacular day of music, dance and street circus which will be part of Festa Fiesta.

We are delighted to welcome Maxim Calver, one of the three finalists in the BBC Young Musician of the year 2018, who grew up in Gorleston. He will be playing Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the East Coast Sinfonietta at the Minster on Saturday 15 June. The previous Saturday John Stephens will bring together his Orchestrate! and other young musicians to give us a feast of light and classical music.

Art in the Minster will showcase local art societies and the East of England Group of Marine Artists along with the Great Yarmouth Photographic Society and work by local schools. There will be poetry and prose from the Quill Writing Group and the colleges will be exhibiting their work in Skippings Art Gallery and the Library. Art on the Railings will be in the Market Place on Saturday 8 June.

St. George’s Theatre will be hosting a harp recital, a film screening, a competition
for local amateur groups putting on one act plays, an opera and an afternoon with Michael Brunson, previous chief political correspondent for ITN.

This is an opportunity for Great Yarmouth to show its talents, to see international artists and to participate in a week of great art in its many forms. Do come, participate and bring your friends with you.

Hugh Sturzaker, MBE

Festival Chair

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