Brought to you by Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure & Culture we offer locals, visitors and holidaymakers alike a truly memorable experience with an array of home-grown and international performances.

Since 2009, the festival has received significant investment from East Lindsey District Council and support from Arts Council England and we are proud to be a National Portfolio Organisation for the second time.

SO Festival is a partner of Without Walls Touring Network Partnership, a project that tours high-quality outdoor shows for free to towns and cities across England without regular arts activity.

Jens Frimann Hansen, our Artistic Director from Denmark brings a Nordic and continental direction that provides a fantastic display of outdoor art and entertainment to prompt both community engagement and thought. We are delighted to be working with Europe’s leading festival director, and partner with Helsingør Teater in Denmark and PASSAGE Festival in Denmark and Sweden.

The future of SO Festival

Setting out the vision for SO Festival over the coming years, Jens and the festival team at Magna Vitae aim to significantly improve and increase community participation with the event, whilst making the arts accessible to all and developing SO Festival and the East Coast of Lincolnshire as a stage for the best outdoor artists in the world.


More people culturally and physically active – providing everyone with the opportunity to ‘live a great life’.


Work with deprived and visiting communities to make small and positive changes happen that have a big effect on people’s lives. We will do this by engaging those communities in East Lindsey facing societies biggest issues; poor physical and/ or mental health, unemployment, poor educational attainment, financial hardship and isolation. We will use ambitious and exciting collaborative culture projects as a tool to help our communities overcome their barriers to a better life.

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