This week’s guest column comes from Coun Doreen Stephenson, leader of East Lindsey District Council...
In just three days time the district’s celebration of amazing art and culture will officially kick-off as SO Festival 2014 starts in Horncastle on June 28.
Over the following 10 day period the festival will visit Horncastle (June 28 7pm-late), Tattershall Castle (June 29 noon-4pm), Alford (June 30 2-5pm), Spilsby (July 1 7pm-late), Woodhall Spa (July 2 2-5pm), Mablethorpe (July 3 noon-4pm), Louth (July 4 2-5.30pm) and Skegness (July 5-6 noon-late) with a whole host of diverse attractions including a seven foot tall snail, fairies trapped inside jam jars, music from BBC Introducing, a shape-shifting circus, illusion, live Bolero, an opera on the beach and much, much more.
This year the attractions, most of which are free to experience, will be inspired by transport, journeys and travel which is quite apt given that people travel from far and wide to visit our district, which itself is geographically wide spread with many towns, villages and smaller communities.
The festival was born out of the Black/North SEAS project in 2009 and has gone on to become one of the highlights of the year in East Lindsey. This year it is supported once again by Arts Council England and sponsored by Centrica Energy – enabling us to put on a fantastic display of performance from across the world as well as some great ‘home-grown’ talent.
The festival plays a huge part in the district’s summer economy, drawing visitors to the area from across the UK and Europe. These visitors then stay, shop and explore the area and will hopefully spread the word about all the district has to offer when they return home.
But the festival is not just about the entertainment or the visitors, behind the scenes it offers the opportunity for people of all ages to volunteer to work alongside festival organisers, giving an unrivalled insight into and experience of such large scale events.
Following on from SO Festival, the Festival of Bathing Beauties will take place in Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea on September 6-7 and the Wolds Words Festival of literature will take place in Louth and the Wolds between October 15-19.
There is much more to the district than first meets the eye! Why not come and discover for yourself what the district has to offer?
More on these festivals, including timetables, can be found at: