Just two weeks until SO Festival extravaganza in Skegness

SO Festival act Plasticiens Volants in action.
SO Festival act Plasticiens Volants in action.

With just two weeks to go until SO Festival, East Lindsey District Council is working tirelessly to finalise the tremendous programme of arts and culture they’ve been working on for several months.

From Friday, June 28 to Sunday, July 7, the SO Festival will transform East Lindsey - and Skegness in particular - into the East Midlands’ hub for arts and culture.

This year’s festival will feature a huge range of entertainment for all ages and tastes ranging from regional and national music and street theatre performances, dance acts, art installations and even Lincolnshire’s first-ever international cricket match, being played between England Women’s and Pakistan on 1st July in Louth.

SO Festival Director, Robin Morley, said “After months of hard work from everyone involved, we’re just one week away from SO Festival 2013.

“It seems like only yesterday that we were closing last year’s festival with the live broadcast of Garsington Opera’s La Périchole on the beach, wondering how we’d ever top 2012.

“We’re confident we’ve put a programme together that offers a little something for everyone – including another ‘opera on the beach’ broadcast, a Saturday afternoon spectacular in Wragby and an evening spectacular in Skegness, along with a variety of street theatre, music and dance acts perfect for all ages.”

In addition to highly entertaining performances fromsome of the country’s top acts, SO Festival 2013 will also feature routines from some of Lincolnshire’s best and brightest talent as SO…You Dance? returns with a programme packed with dance styles from across the globe on July 6 from 12.30pm to 6.30pm.

Skegness’ Top Limitz will exhibit TLT Nation, a series of dance pieces that are a synthesis of styles, performed to a mix of their own creative music.

Luke Hollingsworth, choreographer and owner of Top Limitz commented: “We’re so excited to be taking part in SO Festival again.

“We’ve been in preparation from the minute we’d been invited back, and we can’t wait to get on stage!

“Performing at SO Festival means a great deal to us because we love to feel like we’re a part of the community, plus we look forward to spreading the word about the opportunity Top Limitz provides young people who may not be able to afford dance lessons.”

Other Lincolnshire dance acts scheduled to take part include: Elite Academy of Dance, Samantha Sorrell, kNacKer’d Youth Dance Company, redXco, RAW Youth Group, Amy O’Sullivan and Salsa Amigos.

The Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism at East Lindsey District Council, Councillor Adam Grist, said: “Our ten-day festival programme features some of Europe’s best dance, street theatre, music and art acts, making SO Festival one of the East Midlands’ biggest cultural events of the year and an excellent way for local residents and visitors to spend time during summer.

“Just like past years, SO Festival gives East Lindsey and Lincolnshire the opportunity to come together to celebrate the region’s creative efforts while attracting visitors to the area to enjoy our shops, restaurants, leisure facilities and accommodation.”

In addition to dance performances, music concerts, and world-class street theatre, SO Festival, in partnership with the Horncastle Festival’s Committee, will present Horncastle: Enchanted Town on Saturday, June 29.

Enchanted Town will see the streets of Horncastle brought to life with illuminated buildings, charming music, theatrical performances and entertaining street theatre from 7.30pm – 11.30pm.

The town’s heritage and history will be put on display like never before with illuminated projections from Ross Ashton - the visual artist behind the projections displayed on Buckingham Palace during last year’s Diamond Jubilee.

The 2013 festival will come to a close during a finale weekend, which will take place from July 5 to 7, and which will include an outdoor BBC Introducing concert, world-class opera broadcasted to the big screen on Skegness’ beach, and an awe-inspiring Saturday night aerial performance from French master puppeteers, Plasticiens Volants – titled BIG BANG.

National street theatre and dance acts will also take over the streets of Skegness and Wragby throughout the finale weekend, along with a high-flying aerobatic spectacle at 3pm and 4.30pm in Wragby on July 6, called Heliosphere.

The SO Festival, funded by East Lindsey District Council, Arts Council England and Centrica Energy, will follow last year’s successful format, with ten days of amazing shows, events and culture taking place across East Lindsey between June 28 and July 7.

For the most up-to-date information on SO Festival 2013, like www.facebook.com/SOFestival or visit www.sofestival.org.