Statement for Artists & Sector Professionals:
The Out There Festival, an international festival of Street Arts and Circus, has been cancelled amid growing public health concerns about the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The decision was made by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, following advice from Central Government and leading health experts, to cancel all mass gatherings until a review in October to try and contain the spread of the virus.
As a leading outdoor arts and circus organisation and NPO, SeaChange Arts is dedicated to delivering outstanding opportunities for artists and communities through supporting hosting and delivering circus and outdoor arts projects and events. Focus for the next 12 months is now set on supporting artists, the sector and local communities during these difficult times through a combination of creation residencies, idea development/writing, projects, interventions and hopefully also events of various forms and scales when they become possible .
We will be issuing a call out for residencies and inviting artists to apply for a number of micro commissions in the next few weeks.
Please keep an eye on our website www.seachangearts.og.uk for more information and updates.
Statement for General Public:
Amid growing public health concerns about the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) the decision was made today by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, following advice from Central Government and leading health experts, to cancel all mass gatherings until a review in October to try and contain the spread of the virus.
We understand this is very disappointing news and wish to support our local community where possible. We are now offering free online circus tutorials for all the family and have implemented a circus equipment community giveaway to support wellbeing and provide healthy activities to the young people of Great Yarmouth.
We know these times are hugely testing for everybody, but we believe we can emerge from this time more resilient and connected than ever before. We want to take this opportunity to thank, each and every one of our past Out There visitors, and invite you to keep a close eye on our communications for events of various forms and scales when they become possible.
Opening hours and further information:
Our office will be temporarily closed. The best way to contact us would be via firstname.lastname@example.org and Facebook Messenger and we will follow up as soon as possible, please leave a phone number if you require us to phone you.
For other news and updates, please monitor this page, social media, and email communication. We will be updating this webpage with further info as it comes.
We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days, weeks and months and respond sensibly to advice from local and national authorities. We champion that social distancing is keeping us safe and decisions in the future will, of course, consider this as a priority.
Stay safe Out There, and wash your hands!
For the time being, please consider the health of others and maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene. The NHS has created guidelines on their dedicated COVID-19 page: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Arts Council are also offering guidance in response to the pandemic: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/advice-and-guidance-library/coronavirus-information
About The Out There Festival:
Perched on out the east coast, closer to the continent than the capital, Out There has established an international reputation for its exceptional, innovative and diverse programme.
Breath-taking spectacle and quirky comedy combine in a festival woven through with world-class performance, family-friendly atmosphere and more than a fair dose of seaside silliness! Regularly attracting more than 60,000 people, the festival blends iconic international acts and the finest UK performers with massive amounts of community participation, family fun and lots of hands-on things to do.
SeaChange Arts have developed a reputation for their international working. The Out There Festival has grown on the back of significant EU projects including the ZEPA network which allowed us to bring iconic companies like Générik Vapeur to Great Yarmouth.
Out There has quickly built a national and international reputation for world class artistic quality, new and diverse work, regional artistic talent, international collaboration and innovative community engagement.
But all you need to know is Out There is just about the most amazing way to spend a day and you don’t have to spend a penny!