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Festival debut in half term offers top entertainment

PUBLISHED: 14:10 28 October 2017

Max and Spadge at Flipside Festival in Lowestoft. 

Picture: Nick Butcher

Max and Spadge at Flipside Festival in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A feast of music, theatre, dance and much more was on offer to young people as a popular arts festival graced Lowestoft for the very first time.

Adele Knight in the Flipside Festival Amazon rainforest with her shadow puppet.

 Picture: Nick Butcher Adele Knight in the Flipside Festival Amazon rainforest with her shadow puppet. Picture: Nick Butcher

FlipSide Festival was founded in 2013 and has been held annually in Snape Maltings ever since, attracting widespread praise from members of the public along the way.

Drawing influences from its sister festival, FLIP (Festa Literaria Internacional de Paraty) - South America’s first and largest international literary festival - the aim of FlipSide is to open the eyes of youngsters to the 
quirks and customs of different cultures.

Youngsters take part in a graffiti art workshop during the Lowestoft Flipside Festival.
 Picture: Nick Butcher Youngsters take part in a graffiti art workshop during the Lowestoft Flipside Festival. Picture: Nick Butcher

With organisers having brought the festival to a new location, children 
had the opportunity to try activities such as Brazilian street dancing, graffiti art and samba drumming 
between Tuesday, October 24 and Thursday, October 26, all hosted in close proximity to the town centre.

FlipSide director Genevieve Christie said that the registered charity had been encouraged to bring the festival to Lowestoft at a time of year when there 
is usually very little to keep children occupied.

Youngsters take part in a graffiti art workshop during the Flipside Festival in Lowestoft.
 Picture: Nick Butcher Youngsters take part in a graffiti art workshop during the Flipside Festival in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

“Whilst running a 
project last year at East Point Academy and North Denes Primary, we were told by teachers and pupils that October half term is a time when not much is going on in Lowestoft,” said Mrs Christie.

“People across the town have been responding incredibly well and all our individual events have had a nice, relaxed feel about them.

Ellie and Lou Dyer enjoying the Flipside Festival.

 Picture: Nick Butcher Ellie and Lou Dyer enjoying the Flipside Festival. Picture: Nick Butcher

“We raised lots of 
money to host the festival and offer our activities to the public for free, so it’s 
nice to see all the hard work pay off.”

Bryony Peak, one of the FlipSide organisers, emphasised that the festival is all about giving 
local young people an opportunity to embrace cultures that they are unfamiliar with.

Ellie and Lou Dyer with Taylor Bichener, enjoying the Flipside Festival in Lowestoft. 
Picture: Nick Butcher Ellie and Lou Dyer with Taylor Bichener, enjoying the Flipside Festival in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

“We’re trying to enable children to experience different arts and 
music, to give them a taste of Latin America for example,” said Miss Peak.

“People have said to us that there are rarely ever free events in Lowestoft, so the festival has been received really well.”

Max and Spadge at the Flipside Festival in Lowestoft.

 Picture: Nick Butcher Max and Spadge at the Flipside Festival in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

FlipSide festival is an Arts Council England-
funded project, and is also backed by a number 
of other local organisations and charities.

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