SO Festival gearing up as big day nears

THE organisers behind this year’s SO Festival extravaganza are hard at work putting the finishing touches to the annual extravaganza.

This year’s three-day event is just a week-and-a-half away and East Lindsey District Council is convinced that the annual festivities will continue to build upon the town’s “international reputation”.

“We hope that this year’s programme builds on the success of previous SO Festivals,” said Coun Doreen Stephenson, leader of ELDC. “We’ve worked incredibly hard to bring world class performers to Skegness and, with events like Games Time making its debut in Skegness, this year’s SO Festival will offer something for everyone.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming people from near and far to Skegness.”

This year’s colourful carnival of art, theatre, dance and music will run from Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24.

It will officially open with School’s Out – a programme of dance, street theatre and music designed especially, but not exclusively, for families and school children.

Other highlights include performances from megastar comedian Lee Evans, music world-famous songstress Lulu, and the launch of Games Time - the first of four community celebrations in the UK marking the countdown to the London Olympics next year.

The festival will also mark a link-up with the Helsingborg festival in Scandanavia.

Other highlights include Architects of Air, who will erect a spectalur luminarium in Tower Gardens.

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