Great Yarmouth Arts Festival gets under way today
10:52 06 June 2014
Public support is the key ingredient of a successful six day community arts event that is serving up Oscar winning drama, classical music, pop, street fun and painting.
Festival diary highlights
■ Friday June 6
Concert by Great Yarmouth Brass featuring traditional and modern pieces as well as music from West End shows.
Great Yarmouth Minster 7.30pm.
Tickets £5, under 16s free.
X Factor’s first winner Steve Brookstein sings classic soul at St George’s Theatre. Tickets £15
■ Saturday June 7
Neighbourhood carnival with procession (family). Starting at the Fisherman’s Hospital at 10.30am, finishing at St George’s Theatre at 11.30am with dance groups, stilt walkers, circus.
Neighbourhood fair, food, arts, crafts and dance at Great Yarmouth library 11-3pm.
Mozart Concert, Great Yarmouth Minster 7.30pm. Tickets £10, free to those in full time education.
David Howkins’ Museum of Memories, King Street, one-off Saturday opening to view collections including panel of tapestries in honour of the Queen’s visit in 1985 and iconic stamp room. Admission £1.
■ Sunday June 8
Young people’s animation showcase, St George’s Theatre, 2-4pm.
Official opening of Jack Cardiff exhibition Master of Colour and Light and showing of the film Cameraman - The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, St George’s Theatre, followed by a Q&A session. Tickets £10, drink and snacks included.
■ Monday June 9
Art and Eat - a guided tour of the new art studios at 133 King Street and the newly refurbished St George’s Theatre. Meet at St George’s Pavilion. Tickets £10 with buffet lunch, 12 noon.
■ Tuesday June 10
An Audience with Jonathan Miller, actor, satirist and public intellectual. St George’s Theatre, 7.30pm. Tickets £16.
■ Wednesday June 11
Organ recital by John Stephens, resident organist and UEA tutor at Great Yarmouth Minster, free, 12.30pm
A screening of Carmen, the opera by Bizet, filmed at the Bastille Opera House, Paris. St George’s Theatre, 7.30m, tickets £10.
■ Thursday June 12
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey adapted for the stage by Dale Wasserman. Tickets £9, £8, £7. St George’s Theatre, 7.30pm.
■ Friday June 13
Rebecca Barnes, harpist, performs at the Assembly Room, Great Yarmouth town hall. Tickets £5, including tea, coffee and cake. 10.30am to noon.
Anna Mudeka and an evening of African music, St George’s Theatre, 7.30pm, tickets £10 and £8.
■ Saturday June 14
Tour of Great Yarmouth looking at sites painted by John Sell Cotman by Margaret Gooch. Meet at the Time and Tide Museum where some of his paintings may be seen. Tickets £5, 2-5pm.
■ Sunday June 15
Choral Evensong, Great Yarmouth Minster 6.30pm.
■ Running throughout the festival: Sea and Shore, an exhibition of paintings at Great Yarmouth Minster, free; Ernie Childs and his students exhibiting at Great Yarmouth Library, June 10-21, free; exhibition and week of film celebrating Jack Cardiff at St George’s Theatre, plus the Cardiff cut-out trail; exhibition of Writing and Poetry by Quill Writing Group, June 7-15, Great Yarmouth Minster, free; Great Yarmouth Guild of Artists Exhibition, Victoria Arcade, daily except Sundays.
Organisers and civic dignitaries will officially launch Great Yarmouth Arts Festival today with High Steward Henry Cator leading the proceedings after a ribbon-cutting across “the Shard” at 4.45pm.
Stirring the mix is festival chairman Hugh Sturzaker who this week urged local people to find out what was on offer and to make the most of the entertainment, much of which is free.
Well-known names include high quality, international figure Jonathan Miller and X Factor winner Steve Brookstein.
Art displays and tours focus on early Victorian painter John Sell Cotman with the former merchant’s house at 133 King Street open for the first time since its transformation into an artists’ hub until Sunday. There will be paintings for sale in the Minster and art-on-the-railings at St Georges.
Painter and Potter Ernie Childs will also be exhibiting at Great Yarmouth Library from Tuesday.
Classical music includes a harp recital, Great Yarmouth Brass, an organ recital, an opera screening as well as music and dance around the plaza in St George’s.
The programme also features the Sillars Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem and Anna Mudeka.
Tomorrow’s highlight is a carnival-style parade leaving the Fisherman’s Hospital at 10.30am with displays and events continuing at the Minster, library and St George’s.
There is also a free pottery fish workshop at the theatre.
Festival celebrations around the centenary of Great Yarmouth-born cinematographer Jack Cardiff include daily free screenings of his films, an exhibition of his paintings and photographs, and a display of memorabilia including his Oscars.
A blue plaque will be unveiled by his son on Sunday when there is also a showing of his biographical film including an introduction by the producer, with drinks and nibbles. Also attending will be his son and eldest brother.
A Cardiff cut-out trail which allows people to stand in for movie stars chimes with an illustrated talk about beach photographers on Wednesday at 5.30pm at St George’s Theatre.
Mr Sturzaker said the line-up was “right for Yarmouth.”
“It covers a wide range which I hope will attract a wide range of audiences. It is a good opportunity for people to come and see St George’s and the minster which is a fantastic building, as well as an opportunity to see what Great Yarmouth can do.
“I want people to get involved and just enjoy it. Hopefully we can build it up and develop it.
“It is very labour intensive and very expensive. I just hope for all the people that have worked on it that it will be a success. If people want it to go ahead then they have to support it.”
Other elements include the 30ft Shard of Great Yarmouth outside Great Yarmouth Minster - a bamboo frame covered in thousands of silver fish made from crisp packets by school children and others throughout the town under the direction of Matthew Harrison.
The sculpture’s aim is to promote the festival, link it to Follow the Herring which starts on July 2, highlight recycling, reflect on the Yarmouth’s herring heritage and allow youngsters to be involved in the construction of a large work of art. The festival runs from June 6 to 15. Visit www.greatyarmouthartsfestival.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.