Festival debut in half term offers top entertainment
- Credit: Nick Butcher
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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'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.
'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.'
FlipSide festival is an Arts Council England- funded project, and is also backed by a number of other local organisations and charities.