SO Festival’s full details revealed

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ALL the acts have now been announced for this year’s SO Festival as thousands of glossy programmes are set to descend onto the streets.

Plus a fly past from a prestigious plane has just been confirmed for the event which will help mark both the festival and the Olympic Torch Relay.

East Lindsey District Council with the support and funding from Arts Council England and in partnership with Magnetic Events, have being working hard to develop the annual festival and have extended it into a nine-day programme inspired by the Olympic year.

As well as the areas costal resorts, this year’s festival will encompass East Lindsey’s market towns of Louth, Woodhall Spa, Spilsby, Alford, Tattershall, Horncastle and Wragby.

Theatre, art and music has been promised for all these areas which the district council say will allow people to experience free entertainment and culture.

Again this year, ELDC have strengthened cultural ties with partners in Helsingborg, Sweden and Helsingør, Denmark, where Skegness will able to welcome young people and dignitaries from these towns as the Olympic Torch passes through 13 communities in the district.

The events start from June 23 and carry on through until July 7 where the Olympic Torch will pass through the area on June 27.

The torch is scheduled to stop in Skegness just before lunch time where there will be a big welcome and the Follow The Light Procession - 100 metres behind the torch as well as music, theatre and dance.

There will be a number of road closures up to an hour before and designated car parks will be in use on the day.

In Skegness, Grande Parade and Tower Esplande will be closed from 7am until mid afternoon. All business will be given car park permits for staff to park in the Festival Foreshore Car Park. No cars must be in the road closure area for security reason. Businesses are asked to arrange deliveries for June 26 rather than on June 27.

Pier field car park is open but car park users will not be able to enter or exit between 11.30am and around 1pm due to the torch relay and procession.

Guests can enjoy as part of the whole event, The Lionheart Project which is free, The Pig which is a hilarious theatre piece, Bicycle Ballet, the hugely anticipated, As the World Tipped, being held in the Festival Car park and so much more.

For more information visit www.sofestival.org and keep visiting the Standard’s website for updates on the build up to the festival, and on events as they happen during the festivities.