SO Festival, East Lincolnshire's leading arts and culture festival, has announced its full programme for 2017. From 27 June to 2 July people across the region can enjoy six days of thrills, spills and skills from first class performers from home and abroad - and it's all free. We have a packed programme lined up for 2017, see below for our online programme, artist profiles and don't forget to subscribe above to our newsletter for further updates.
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SO Festival was named in the 15 Best Events in the UK for June 2016 from Holiday Lettings by Trip Advisor. Published 2nd June 2016. "SO Festival is a great way to get out and enjoy some performance art in the fresh air of lovely Lincolnshire. We think it's a perfect event for all ages and we'd encourage everyone to take advantage of the free performances and workshops!", said Saskia Welman, spokesperson for HolidayLettings.co.uk
Hidden around the centre of Skegness on Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 July, you may, if you look carefully, find six strange characters from the history of the town - six different gorgeous life-size illustrations of Skegness history, inviting you to add your face to the picture.
Life's A Beach project explores memories of those seaside trips in a brand new show premiering in Tower Gardens, Skegness as part of SO Festival 2017.
The free screening of Handel's spectacular opera, Semele, will take place on a big screen by the Boating Lake, Skegness.
SO Festival 2017 is excited to present LES COMMANDOS PERCU & DEABRU BELTZAK - DANBOR TALKA (Clash of Drums). The spectacular finalé performance with take place on Saturday 1 July, 10pm - sparks will fly!
SO Festival is excited to present CAKE FEST on Sunday 2 July. A giant edible map of East Lindsey will be on display at Compass Gardens from 2pm - all made out of cake!
UPIA, Urban Psychoanalysis National Agency will visit Skegness to meet residents, experts & visitors to develop an understanding of the town, before reporting in detail on the discoveries of the mysterious, the hidden & the secret side of life in Skegness.
SO Festival presents DENNIS JOBLING (Mr. Lucius Moon) on Saturday 1st July & Sunday 2nd July in Skegness.
A new digital game inspired by the history of Skegness, taking a look at some of the stranger elements of the town's past.
A collaborative design project with a group of 11-16 year olds combining the theme of PLAY with the story of Semele. The group will design the auditorium & interactive elements for the Garsington Screening of Semele.
SO Festival 2017 is excited to present FLAME OZ - Circus Workshops by the UK's premier, multi award-winning circus entertainment company. Choreographed stage shows and wondrous walkabout entertainment.
SO Festival 2017 is excited to present FLAME OZ - Calvos. Calvos are creatures from a tranquil & mysterious world bringing with them a beautifully surreal sense of suspended time & alternative physical laws.
Urban Astronaut provides a glimpse of a future that might be... a bold, new direction in physical theatre choreographed around a bespoke structure. Urban Astronaut will take on a global issue with a narrative that makes it at once personal yet motivating.
Join the chorus line for your big audition experience! Learn the dance steps of the audition scene from A Chorus Line (the 1985 film) - led by Miss High Leg Kick, Steve Nice and Yoko Nishimura.
Pif Paf create high quality theatre with a big heart & take it to the places it doesn't normally go. Based in Sheffield, Pif Paf tour nationally with a blend of intimate & spectacular visual theatre. Trademark mix of humour, pathos, science & renowned design.
Around 40 short films were produced in East Midlands and a selection will be showcased be screened at SO Festival on Sunday 2nd July on a big screen on the boating lake.
Sheesham & Lotus & 'Son have established themselves as an act that has it all, combining astounding musicianship & fearless grooves with a show that is dynamic & entertaining.
SO Festival 2017 is excited to present SOUTHPAW DANCE COMPANY. The professional cast includes some of the UK's finest Bboys (breakdancers) who combine the vocabulary here of breaking and contemporary seamlessly alongside Charleston, Lindy and other swing styles of the roaring 20's.
The Strong Lady breaks things, lifts people and makes you laugh - and does it all in a ladylike way. Amazing. This show is a joyful and exciting addition to festivals and events -‐ you will walk away smiling from this wholehearted celebration of femininity and strength.
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This really is an illusion that has to be seen to be believed, and be sure to stick your head in the box to get the best effects!
Huge & colourful, & hugely popular due to the insanely good fun that can be had with them; these 3 'boxes' are interactive speakers that make wacky sounds & change your voice. Fully waterproof & suitable for all sorts of places, we find they are a particularly big hit with children & teenagers.