PUPPETS, splashing clowns and Shakespeare’s King Lear like you’ve never seen it before – three fantastic European acts will be performing in the UK for the first time when they entertain crowds at SO Festival 2019.
This year’s three-day free extravaganza of family entertainment, arts and culture, one of the largest festivals of its kind in the country, starts at Sherwood Fields, Mablethorpe on Friday August 30 (12 noon until 5pm) before moving to Skegness, based in Tower Gardens for the Saturday August 31 (11.00am until 9pm) and Sunday September 1, (11am until 5.30pm).
And, once again, the festival will feature the very best of European talent alongside a chance for local people to showcase and promote community activities and groups. All of this will be topped off with a planned Spitfire flypast on Friday & Saturday and Dakota flypast on Sunday (weather dependant) over the event.
The first of an eclectic mix of European artists have now been confirmed, with more to come in the coming weeks.
Italian artists La Fabiola bring two shows. Love + Metal and Pay Attention To Those Two both bring puppets to life to fantastic effect, to entertain and interact with a family audience.
Direct from Denmark, Passepartout Theatre Productions, also uses puppets in a way the audience will have not witnessed before, presenting King Lear for all ages to enjoy. Having received rave reviews in Europe, the company is thrilled to be coming to the UK, and SO Festival.
The third act has been confirmed as Super Super from France, whose work uses humour to express sensitive subjects and emotions with silent clowns entertaining the crowds with a synchronized swimming show in a miniature inflatable pool.
The European flavour of this year’s SO Festival, an expansion of last year’s event, is once again influenced by Danish artistic director Jens Frimann Hansen and his colleagues at theatre company Helsingør Teater – renowned in Nordic Europe for their staging of the Passage Festival.
With funding in place from Arts Council England and East Lindsey District Council, SO Festival is being organised by the Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture and its growing relationship with Jens and the team will be further evident this year, but with a community theme running heavily through the festival.
“We are once again delighted to have Jens on board and are bringing something truly original to Mablethorpe and Skegness, which will delight the audiences.
Last year our expectations were surpassed with around 40,000 visitors over the three days and we hope for the same again, if not more, this year,” said Mark Humphreys, the Chief Executive of Magna Vitae, whose community arm is gaining a national reputation for excellence in its delivery of arts and culture in East Lindsey.
Peter Knott, Area Director for Arts Council England, said: “We’re proud to have supported SO Festival for more than 10 years, and it’s great to see it continuing to showcase local talent alongside international performers, ranging from circus and Shakespeare, to puppetry and outer space.
“SO has become a key event in the cultural calendar, bringing work from across Europe to Mablethorpe and Skegness, creating a truly memorable experience for locals and holiday makers alike.”
Community groups and organisations that wish to showcase or perform at SO Festival in Mablethorpe should contact Melissa Hommel, Festival Coordinator – Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org / 01507 681802.
For the two Skegness festival days, Magna Vitae are seeking young people to help programme and coordinate the community stage. Any young people aged 16 to 19, with an interest in event management or the arts, are being encouraged to contact Bruce@spilsbytheatre.com
Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and strategic partner to East Lindsey District Council. Other partners are Passage Festival, Helsingør Teater and Without Walls Touring Network Partnership.