SO Festival gets underway ahead of events in Spilsby, Alford and Skegness

Roo'd, who will be performing in Spilsby and Alford.
Roo'd, who will be performing in Spilsby and Alford.
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GIANT crocheted lions, gobby grannies and a big pig are set to pack a punch across East Lindsey over the next two weeks as the SO Festival becomes a nine-day, district-wide cultural celebration.

Traditionally the festival has run over three days in Skegness.

But this year’s bumper festival is set to run for over a week all across the district, before descending on Skegness for a three-day climax.

But from today (Friday) June 22 to Sunday, July 1, SO Festival 2012 will welcome a varied and vibrant programme of street theatre, as well as art installations, world-class performers and dance acts across towns in the region including Skegness, Spilsby, Alford, Louth, Wragby, Tattershall, Woodhall Spa, Horncastle and Mablethorpe.

Programmed acts include the Olympic-inspired Lionheart exhibition and a theatrical performance taking place in the belly of a giant pig, which will visit Skegness and Louth.

Fantastical giant birds, a surreal inflatable lobster, giant bouncing kangaroos and the amazing Alford Morris Dancers will also descend on East Lindsey’s market towns as part of the festival.

The outrageous Granny Turismo is also returning to Skegness this year with a brand new Olympics inspired show.

These three anarchic grandmas wowed the crowds with their souped up shopping trollies at SO Festival 2011 and are certain to impress again this year when they visit Alford, Horncastle and Skegness.

Leader of East Lindsey District Council, Councillor Doreen Stephenson, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming this diverse range of acts to SO Festival 2012 and hope that the street theatre programme will offer something for everyone.

“It is also a great opportunity for residents and visitors to the region to see local events, venues and performers working alongside nationally acclaimed artists, who will bring their acts to the district.

“Our Festival programme is an important part of our efforts to support the economy by broadening the tourist offer and attracting additional visitors to our area.”

Skegness, Spilsby and Alford are all heavily represented in the festival’s programme of events.

For more information about the SO Festival visit www.sofestival.org.

Alternatively you can contact Lorrie Stock on 01507 613456 or email sofestival@e-lindsey.gov.uk.