An International Festival of Circus and Outdoor Arts comes to Great Yarmouth

The Out There international festival of circus and street arts, sponsored by Visit Great Yarmouth, is returning to the streets of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk for the 14th year from 16- 18 September 2022.

Known to be wonderful, outrageous, and outstanding, the 2022 Out There Festival will bring the people of Norfolk some of the world’s finest circus and street art performers. 

credit; Katherine Mager

The programme is filled with high-energy, exciting contemporary circus and outdoor arts, fusing together culture identities that exist within Great Yarmouth. It is being funded by Arts Council England and supported by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Visit Great Yarmouth. 

Not to miss on Saturday 17 September are French based Les Commandos Percus – Silence, who are headlining the Saturday Night Spectacular and with them bring the concept of silence – the sound that exists between two notes. This September, Musical pyrotechnicians will storm the streets of Great Yarmouth with a flurry of sound and fire in a performance of exhilarating wildness, and genuine joy.

Les Commandos Percu-Silence. credit: Veronique Balege

Look out for Timeless, circus and dance on Pitch 14, on Saturday and Sunday at 1.50pm and 2.45pm. This Out There supported production is a daredevil yet poignantly sensitive representation of time, irreversibility of climate change. 

Out There is now the biggest free festival in the region and pretty much the biggest programme of circus in the UK regularly attracting over 65,000 people and consistently generating the local economy over £3m year on year. 

“It is a truly intercontinental festival featuring a host of international and UK acts, many of which are UK and world premieres,” says Joe Mackintosh, Chief Executive for Out There Arts and Artistic Director of the Out There International Festival of Circus & Outdoor Arts.

credit: Katherine Mager

Out There Arts is also the UK’s foremost producer of new street arts and circus work, with companies from all over the world making shows in the Drill House year-round – the UK’s only full-time dedicated creation space for street arts and circus with a worldwide reputation.

Almost half of this year’s programme has been co-produced by the festival. 

Out There is unique in the UK and they guarantee you will see things here that you won’t see anywhere else in the country.

There will be a later license for the beer tent in the park, sponsored by local brewery Lacons who are providing their famous ales plus lagers, ciders and supported by Norwich’s best bar Gonzos, with a selection of their legendary cocktails.


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