SO Festival 2019 a three-day outdoor arts extravaganza

SKEGNESS has played host to a visit by leading members of a Danish theatre company, as plans for the 2019 SO Festival gather pace.

This year’s three-day outdoor arts extravaganza will take place in Skegness and Mablethorpe on Friday August 30, Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1.

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, which has called on Danish artistic director Jens Frimann to mastermind events again this year.

Jens and his team at Helsingør Teater – the Danish-based theatre company – were behind last year’s successful event, which attracted thousands of people to the two resorts. With the introduction of more street theatre and ‘pop-up’ shows from leading European acts, the 2018 SO was a slight departure from the more traditional UK offering in the past.

And said Jens, during a visit to Skegness, this theme will continue in 2019 – with community interaction and engagement at the forefront.

“It would be easy to put this festival on just for the tourists, but we are also doing it for the people of the two towns and that is important to us,” said Jens.

Explaining his passion to bring street theatre to the people, Jens’ concern is to ensure that SO is directed to those who may not normally have access to the arts.

“This is about the artists entering into a dialogue with people, to help create the stories and to be equal with the artists in a way that may not have been done before. To present something that people can be a part of is an important issue,” he added.Jens & Trine, SO Festival, PASSAGE Festival

For 2019 Jens has been joined by colleague Trine Heller Jensen and they both agree that a priority is to entertain local people – bringing culture and art to Skegness and Mablethorpe.

So, what can people expect from SO this year? Trine did not want to give too much away at this planning stage but said: “This year we are looking at presenting more intimate art and cultural experiences in the towns, with family-friendly a focus.”

Already excited by the prospect of another SO Festival that puts the best of European culture and art into East Lindsey, Magna Vitae’s Director of Development James Brindle, said: “We are delighted to be working with Jens and his team again in 2019 and we can promise variety, fun and something for everyone. Last year we were thrilled with the three-days of performance, all free, that attracted tens of thousands of people, proving this area’s appetite for such an event.”

The 2019 SO Festival will take place in Mablethorpe on Friday August 30 and Skegness on Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1.

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