East Lincolnshire residents invited to take Part in SO Festival 2014

A previous And Now firework display
A previous And Now firework display

Residents from East Lincolnshire are being invited to participate in one of the East Midland’s most anticipated cultural events.

SO Festival returns to the county this summer and organisers have lined up a range of volunteer opportunities, along with several chances to become part of the show, during the festival’s finale weekend.

Volunteers aged 16 or over have the chance to work alongside festival organisers at customer information points in each market town.

These opportunities involve providing assistance to visitors and supporting the many marvellous activities happening throughout SO Festival.

These volunteer opportunities are available in:

Horncastle on Saturday, June 28.

Tattershall on Sunday, June 29.

Alford on Monday, June 30.

Spilsby on Tuesday, July 1.

Woodhall Spa on Wednesday, July 2.

Mablethorpe on Thursday, July 3.

Louth on Friday, July 4.

Skegness on Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6

To assist, email culture@e-lindsey.gov.uk or call 01507 613445.

Aspiring performers can also join in a Live Bolero by Dance4 and Big Dance on Saturday, July 5 in Skegness.

The mass dance is being staged to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Torvill and Dean’s Olympic Gold victory and will include a dance number featuring both professional dancers and festival-goers.

For more details and join the fun, email stuart@dance4.co.uk, who will send a short instructional video of simple dance moves.

Alternatively, dance fans can head to the rehearsal workshop at 12 noon on July 5 to learn the moves.

Volunteers are also needed for And Now’s Shoal, SO Festival’s Saturday Night Spectacular, in Skegness on July 5.

Featuring stirring live music, fireworks and illuminations, the show will move through the streets of Skegness in procession and gather on the beach.

Participants must be available to take part in rehearsals on Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5.

To get involved or find out more about taking part, email culture@e-lindsey.gov.uk or call 01507 613445.

On July 6, opera fans can join in two Pop-Up Performances ahead of the Big Screen showing of Garsington Opera’s Vert-Vert on Skegness beach. A unique chance to develop chorus skills and work with the talented creative team at Garsington Opera, the workshop will start at 10am in the Arts Room of Skegness Embassy Theatre.

There, participants will learn a short piece and will then accompany professional opera singers for a series of short performances. For more information, email matthew.archer@e-lindsey.gov or telephone 01507 613451.

Ben Stevens, Cultural Assistant at East Lindsey District Council, commented: “We’re delighted to return with another nine days of arts and cultural events, and we’re keen to once again work with local people to deliver a one-of-a-kind festival.

“Volunteers can gain experience in events management, customer service and marketing, while aspiring performers will be able to get involved in And Now’s Shoal, Big Dance Live Bolero and Garsington Opera’s Pop-Up Performances.

“Taking part and lending a hand is a wonderful way for everyone to engage with the community and expand their horizons.”

Funded by East Lindsey District Council, Arts Council England and Centrica Energy, SO Festival 2014 is inspired by transport, journeys and travel.

Reviving the centuries-old tradition of travelling entertainment, curiosities and wonderment, this year’s nine-day festival will once again visit East Lindsey’s market towns – starting in Horncastle on June 28 and visiting Tattershall Castle, Woodhall Spa, Alford, Louth, Mablethorpe and Spilsby, before arriving in Skegness for the festival finale over Saturday 5 and Sunday, July 6.

For more information about this year’s programme, artists and performances, visit www.sofestival.org, www.facebook.com/SOFestival or follow @SOFestival on Twitter.