SeaChange lead, deliver or partner in a number of local, national and international projects which support artistic and sector development and bring creative and cultural opportunities to the people of Great Yarmouth.
250 years ago, Philip Astley drew a circle on English ground and enriched it with a fantastic spectacle of radical theatre that we now know as modern circus.
In this UK-wide celebration of all things circus, Circus250 sets out to promote, collaborate, educate and develop many different projects from many exciting talents across the country as it recognises that very important place circus has in the heart of our communities.
Under the Circus250 initiative Great Yarmouth and Norwich has been recognised as one of the Six Cities of Circus. Born from the belief that circus is for everyone and everywhere (#circuseverywhere), organisations and institutions from museums, film festivals, libraries and schools to contemporary and traditional circuses are encouraged to collaborate and celebrate the infectious joy circus has brought to their communities for quarter a millennium.
At SeaChange Arts we are set to celebrate this very special historic occasion with a number of celebratory events scheduled in Great Yarmouth throughout the year.
Coming up in June, we are collaborating with the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival with a special community carnival. To celebrate the history and influence of Barnum & Bailey’s Circus, ‘the Circus Comes to Town’ in a project, bringing life-sized elephants, created in partnership with Norwich City Council. We’ll also be working with the community to create giant banner flags along with internationally renowned Kinetika.
The carnival will launch a day of Latin themed street and circus celebrations across the town’s Cultural Quarter in Festa Fiesta. There’ll be music, mirth and food, plus a chance to see Ocham’s Razor’s acclaimed Tipping Point.
For the Out There Festival, this year, we welcome back French street arts titans, Générik Vapeur who will be collaborating with Gorilla Circus to create a special Circus250 version of their legendary street show Bivouac – itself celebrating thirty years of world-wide success. We’ll be looking to recruit 250 local people to be part of this street spectacular. Want to be a part of it?
Follow our social media to stay updated on all our upcoming Circus250 celebrations. Follow @seachangearts, @Circus250 and browse #Circus250 and #Circuseverywhere to see how Britain is celebrating circus this year.
For further info on Circus250, visit www.circus250.com
For info on events in Great Yarmouth, visit www.circustalk.com/circus250programme/great-yarmouth
Coasters Touring Network
Supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund, Coasters is a three year project that brings world-class circus and street arts work to coastal towns across England.
SeaChange Arts lead a consortium of 10 organisations with the shared ambition of building relationships with audiences in areas of lower engagement and helping transform perceptions of coastal towns.
Coasters will see top quality UK and international circus and street arts work programmed in events and festivals around the coast of England. Each Coasters partner will work with their own local partners to build audiences among the lowest engaged, while the project will also look to increase visitor audiences to each location.
Brilliant, exciting, engaging, entertaining and accessible, the work presented will be programmed with the coast in mind – resonant and reflective of coastal locations and audiences.
SeaChange Arts – an independent arts development charity based in Great Yarmouth but collaborating internationally and dedicated to delivering outstanding Circus and Street Arts events including the annual Out There Festival.
Activate, Dorset are leaders in outdoor and landscape art, producing, promoting and developing performing arts in Dorset with the belief that artists can affect and provide positive change in our communities.
Worthing Theatres is the Connaught Theatre, Studio and Cinema, Pavilion Theatre and Assembly Hall. Working with renowned theatre makers, music promoters and producers throughout the UK and Europe, Worthing Theatres recently launched Summer of Circus the third largest contemporary circus festival within the UK, set to be repeated in 2017 and beyond.
Hastings Borough Council is a strong supporter of arts and culture, with culture-led regeneration a key priority. It supports Stade Saturdays, a series of free performances on Hastings seafront, and the St Leonards Festival, a two day celebration of culture and community.
LeftCoast programme arts and creative activity across Blackpool and Wyre. It produces amazing art – from jaw-dropping spectacles to intimate experiences to inspire and support those who live, work and study there.
Hull’s Freedom Festival is the flagship arts event within the city’s growing cultural landscape (Hull is UK City of Culture 2017). Now in its ninth year, Freedom Festival celebrates – through artistic and cultural expression – Hull’s independent spirit and historic contribution to the cause of freedom as the birthplace of slave trade abolitionist William Wilberforce.
Mouth of the Tyne Festival is a four day cultural celebration showcasing the award winning coastline. It features live music, free street entertainment, activities for under 5’s and their parents and a colourful pageant.
Theatre Orchard is an arts development charity that both produces and presents inspiring performance and creative opportunities in a diverse range of places and spaces in North Somerset … and beyond.
SO Festival is an exciting and innovative outdoor arts festival that promotes and presents the best festival arts and entertainment across East Lincolnshire, ending with an explosive finale weekend in Skegness.
Dreamland, Margate is a unique heritage amusement park at the heart of the Thanet tourism economy. It will continue to play a significant role in the regeneration of Margate.
The Consortium uses its collective extended networks to work with artists, promoters and commissioners, from across the UK and internationally, to ensure that high quality, well researched outdoor shows – on both the large and small scale and suitable for national and international touring – are generated.
Without Walls nurtures talent and skills by producing new work through commissions and co-productions that support the growth of the outdoor performance sector.
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Up & Out Network
Up and Out is a collaborative network of creative organisations across the UK committed to supporting the creation and development of work in the circus and street arts sectors. Additionally the network supports cross-over work between these genres and other areas of performing arts.
With the intention of developing and promoting work of the highest quality, with the greatest potential to succeed in the UK and European markets, the Up & Out Network is made up of:
- SeaChange Arts, Great Yarmouth
- Jacksons Lane, London
- The Roundhouse, London
- National Centre for Circus Arts, London
- NoFit State Circus, Cardiff
- Dance East, Ipswich
- The Point, Eastleigh
- 101 Outdoor Creation Space, Newbury
- Deda, Derby
- The Invisible Circus, Bristol
The network operates a rolling programme, inviting proposals to develop both new and existing indoor and outdoor work. Successful applicants will have access to the partnership and will be offered a valuable package of support which includes creation space, access to partner’s networks, direction and production mentoring, and guidance on funding and creating commercially viable work.
For further information contact Becca Clayton on 0044 1493 745458 or email email@example.com