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A warm welcome to the sixth Great Yarmouth Arts Festival, featuring our fifth Carnival, which this year takes circus as its theme. The town celebrates being one of six circus cities commemorating 250 years of the art form in national celebrations, under the banner of Circus 250.

The carnival will feature a visit from beautifully created life-size elephants as part of a special Arts Council supported project, headed by Norwich City Council. It kicks-off a day-long celebration on the streets of our cultural quarter, called Fiesta Fiesta. Produced by SeaChange Arts, it promises music, street food, circus and performance and forms part of Look Sideways East, which is supporting the festival over the next two years.

We have a number of visual arts exhibitions in the town’s wonderful Minster which also plays host to the Waveney Sinfonia, performing a stirring programme of Beethoven and Rossini. There’s chamber music from the Cavick String Quartet, an organ recital and Gorleston’s own Chorus of St. Cecilia.

In the town centre, you will uncover Art on the Railings and we have a special Circus Memorabilia Trail featuring some of Peter Jay’s massive collection.

St.George’s Theatre highlights include Ballet Central, showcasing the very best in dance theatre, a wonderful production of ‘Allo ’Allo and a poignant piece of theatre exploring gay history, Queers.

A lively programme of activities throughout the week will be a build-up to the town’s first Air Show.


Enjoy yourself.

Join us and stay for a while.

Tell your friends about it.

Better still, bring them along as well!


Hugh Sturzaker MBE

Chair of Great Yarmouth Arts Festival

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