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Programme announced for SO Festival 2016

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THE official programme for SO Festival, a free, family-friendly arts festival in Lincolnshire, has been announced and promises nine days of explosive performances.

Now available from local tourist information centres and also downloadable from the SO Festival website, the programme details more than 20 incredible acts and exciting workshops for Lincolnshire locals and those from further afield to enjoy this summer.

Taking place from Saturday 25 June to Sunday 3 July, the festival kicks off in Mablethorpe followed by performances in Horncastle, Alford, Louth, Spilsby and Woodhall Spa, finishing in Skegness for an explosive finale weekend.

Lorna Fulton, festival director, said: “This year’s festival is inspired by ‘the elements’ and we will be showcasing jaw-dropping acts that will inspire, excite and amaze the whole family.

“The diversity of the acts on this year’s programme really shows how unique and exciting the festival is with so many new and electrifying attractions.

“Headlining Skegness will be Transe Express, an internationally renowned French company, who will be performing ‘Mù’, a large scale aerial performance with music, images, physicality and technical expertise.

“The wonderful Garsington Opera for All will be returning to SO Festival this year with a screening of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugene Onegin.”

Also on the programme are high wire stunts, choreographed juggling, beehives, pendulum wave machines, a sky-high roulette wheel and more.

Lorna added: “The family-friendly event has grown from strength to strength since its beginning in 2009 and is now more accessible than ever. Every year we’ve seen the event grow and we have been able to provide increasingly incredible performances.

“The team at SO Festival have been working hard to make sure this year is bigger and better than ever. We have added extra attractions and opportunities for local people to get involved in the festival, such as ‘Earth Circles’ by Julia Barton, a pop-up garden installation set to take over Skegness promenade during the finale weekend, where the public have grown more than 2,000 of the plants included.

“The festival remains popular with locals and visitors alike as there is such a varied programme that everyone can find something they enjoy. I’d definitely recommend picking up or downloading a programme and start planning your trip to the coast for SO Festival!”

Aimed at a family audience, the festival continues to be one of the most exciting and innovative outdoor art festivals in the UK and entry to SO Festival is completely free.

For more information on SO Festival, visit www.sofestival.org/ or follow us on Twitter @SOFestival or search SO Festival on Facebook.

SO Festival was awarded National Portfolio Funding from Arts Council England in 2014 with the aim to promote and present the best festival arts and entertainment to new audiences and creating new opportunities and experiences.

SO Festival is delivered by Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture in partnership with East Lindsey District Council and Arts Council England.

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