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SO Festival returns to East Lincolnshire for outdoor arts extravaganza

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EXCITING outdoor arts extravaganza SO Festival is set to return to East Lincolnshire this summer for nine days packed full of incredible free performances.

Now in its eighth year, the spectacular event will see a host of explosive and innovative acts tour seven locations across the county, from 25 June through to 3 July.

This year the festival takes its inspiration from the beautiful rural, agricultural and coastal landscapes of East Lincolnshire and will focus on ‘the elements’ – earth, air, fire and water – with performances that will wow the crowds.

With new acts and festival favourites including the Travelling Light Circus and The Bullzini Family on the billing for 2016, SO Festival is due to be a big hit with festival-goers from the local area and further afield.

Lorna Fulton, festival director for SO Festival said: “We can’t wait for the festival to return to East Lincolnshire; we had our biggest audience ever last year and we hope even more people will visit the market towns and Skegness to enjoy the spectacle.

“SO Festival is a brilliant event for the whole family; it’s free, accessible and all the acts are innovative, interesting and entertaining – there really is something for everyone. There’s also a fantastic family feel about the festival; there are lots of opportunities for local people to get involved including festival ambassadors and an exciting planting project we will be launching very soon.”

Taking place from Saturday 25 June to Sunday 3 July, SO Festival will be visiting Mablethorpe, Horncastle, Alford, Louth, Spilsby and Woodhall Spa for one day each, finishing in Skegness for a finale weekend.

Lorna added: “This year the festival will have an elements theme – air, water, fire and earth – which has been inspired by our beautiful surroundings and our brand new performance ring will be an upside-down and inside-out house.

“We’ve got music, comedy, dance and circus performances so expect entertainment and unexpected happenings in our SO Festival 2016 home!”

Just one of the dazzling acts at this year’s festival is ‘Equilibrius’ by The Bullzini Family. Taking the skills and thrills of the ancient art of high-wire walking, The Bullzini Family will invite audiences into a magical world of balance where a playful picture is painted in the skies.

The Travelling Light Circus will also be attending the festival, showcasing its ‘Pendulum Fantastica’. Based on the visionary ideas of 19th century physicist and philosopher Ernst Mach, ‘Pendulum Fantastica’ is a mechanical marvel that fuses science and art to produce a hypnotic display using 20 silver spheres.

Further acts are to be announced soon. For more information on SO Festival visit www.sofestival.org or follow @SOFestival on Twitter, 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.

Aimed at a family audience, the festival remains as one of the most exciting and innovative outdoor art festivals in the UK.

Entry and all events at SO Festival are free with the line-up and festival programme to be released soon.

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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