Out There Arts National centre for outdoor arts and circus

What is Young Out There?

Young Out There offers inspirational experiences and creative activity for, with and by local young people at schools, colleges and other youth groups to meet and collaborate with international artists, express their creativity and showcase their talent as part of Out There Festival.

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About Out There Festival

Free three day festival taking place on the 15th – 17th Sept 2023

In its 15th year, Out There Festival is the UK’s largest Outdoor Arts and Circus Festival presenting work to audiences of over 65,000 by 40+ UK and international companies. Out There has built a national and international reputation for world class artistic quality, new and diverse work, regional talent, international collaboration and innovative community engagement. Expect circus, theatre, music, spectacle, comedy, dance, acrobatics, participatory activity and visual arts installations, presented across a variety of locations in Great Yarmouth.

The 2023 edition of Out There Festival highlights how music can be used in ways that reach beyond conventional imaginings…

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Young Out There Programme

Monday 11th - Wednesday 13th September

Creative Hub

East Norfolk Sixth Form College – 9.30am – 3.30pm

Partnering with Out There Festival, East Norfolk Sixth Form College hosts a Creative Hub of week-long programme of inspirational performances, workshops and talks with festival artists from around the world. Featured artists include Poppy Plowman (UK), Ichi (Japan), Collectif Malunés (France), Duo Vita (Colombia).

Primary and secondary schools, colleges and youth groups are invited to attend the daily Creative Hub sessions. To book, please contact your school or East Norfolk Sixth Form College.

Email to book
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Sounds Out There

Sounds Out There is a unique strand of this year’s Out There Festival focusing on innovative and unusual music performance in outdoor arts and circus. The programme seeks to inspire emerging musicians and music professionals with talks, behind the scenes access and performances.

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Thursday 14th September 2023

Career Talks

East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Gorleston – 11am-3pm

East Norfolk Sixth Form College is inviting young people aged 13-25 who are interested in a career in performance, music and the arts to attend Sounds Out There.

The programme will include Career talks and Q&A sessions with artists and industry professionals, Participatory workshop activities and Outdoor performance presentations.

Email to book
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Line-up on the Day:Thursday 14th September - East Norfolk Sixth Form
9:30am - 11:00amPerformance by ICHI
11:00am - 11:15amBreak
11:15am - 12:45pmCareer Panel and Industry Stalls
12:45pm - 1:30pmLunch
1:00pm - 1:25pmPerformance by Collectif Malune
1:30pm – 2:30pmPerformance by Poppy Plowman
2:30pm – 3:30pmAcrobatic Workshop with Collectif Malune

Thursday 14th September 2023

Résiste Backstage Preview

St. Nicholas Car Park, Great Yarmouth – 7pm – 8.50pm

Those interested in more technical, stage management aspects of production will also be invited to an exclusive sneak preview and behind the scenes tour of our headline show, Résiste, by Les Filles du Renard Pâle.

Register your class/school
A moody and atmosphere image of the performance Resiste, two performers hang on opposite ends of a balancing pole attached to a tightwire

Friday 15th September 2023

Sounds Out There Panel Discussion

An opportunity to attend the festival’s professional programme and be part of an internationally attended sector gathering (ages 17+).

    • Sounds Out There panel discussion with Q&A

    • Performance extracts by Out There Festival artists

    • Networking reception


St. Nicholas Car Park, Great Yarmouth – 6pm-8.20pm

Free tickets to see the headline show, Résiste, by Les Filles du Renard Pâle on Friday night (ages 13+).

Register here
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Backstage Preview FAQs

Résiste backstage experience is part of Sounds Out There – a special programme of performances, workshops and presentations in the run-up to this year’s Out There Festival, especially designed for young people interested and involved in music creation and performance.

This event includes a presentation about the show’s lighting and sound design, followed by the 40 minute technical and dress rehearsal performance.

After the performance there will be a Q & A with the company.

Thursday evening’s event is especially for young people 13+ attending as part of a group from either their college, or music or creative community group. Your course or group coordinator will book you a ticket – let them know you want to go!

If you are attending independently, please follow the link above to book

The backstage experience and exclusive preview takes place at St Nicholas Car Park, Beach Parade, Gt Yarmouth, NR30 3JP

Transport may be provided by your college or group – check with the coordinator of your course or group.

Individuals can make their own way there and meet with their group before the event begins.

The 1C bus towards Great Yarmouth takes you from Stand D at Market Gates, Great Yarmouth and the number 2 bus towards Great Yarmouth from Stand F at Market Gates take you to Camden Road, 0.4 miles from the carpark.

The car park will not be in use during the event and throughout the Out There Festival, but roadside parking on Marine Parade is free after 6pm.

All together the event will be between 1.5 and 2 hours.

At 7pm there will be a presentation about the lighting and sound design, followed by the 40 minute technical and dress rehearsal performance.

After the performance there will be a Q & A with the company.

This event is reserved for local colleges, music or creative community groups and the course or group coordinator will make a group booking – let them know you want to go!

If you are part of a creative or musical community group for young people and have not booked places get in touch with us at hello@outtherearts.org.uk

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