A full line up of national and international artists commit to performing at Gainsborough’s GO Festival

Three people dressed in blue hippo costumes running

Performers from around Europe will be taking centre stage at Gainsborough’s GO Festival on Saturday 15 June.

From 10am until 6pm, this FREE event is working in collaboration with SO Festival in Skegness and will deliver a programme of international artists that showcase amazing theatre, dance and arts.

The line up:

Hippos – Zum Zum Theatre: 11am and 3pm.

In a world where animals and people live together, we encounter hippopotamuses that choose a middle path. Are the humans disguised as the animal they wear? Or are they hippos that are searching for themselves inside of the individual that inhabits their body?

HIPPOS is a street theatre show that challenges the appearances and stereotypes imposed by society. Three hippos dance, live and interact with people, but beyond the fun, a message is hidden, that of respect for difference.

Thingamabob – Matt Pang: 11.30am and 3.30pm

With an internationally renowned blend of circus, invention and humour, Matt brings to life a giant ball slinging, self-exploding piece of handcrafted gadgetry. 

Matt Pang is an award-winning circus and outdoor arts performer. His work blends circus and audience interaction, invention with laugh out loud humour. His shows have been performed at theatres and festivals in over 15 different countries.

Collection Day – Rhubarb Theatre: 12.45pm

It’s bin day and 2 rambunctious refuse collectors are heroically cleaning the streets. Delving into its depths, we discover that ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’, as a wonderful myriad of stories and treats ensue from all that is rubbish and recycled.  

Rhubarb Theatre bring a dustbin of fun, a black sack of eco messages and heaps of mime, physical theatre, comedy, puppetry, and creativity into this brand-new storytelling piece. 

Get Lost – Joe Garbett Dance: 1.30pm and 4.45pm

Help two happy hikers on their way and dive into a wholesome, high-energy dance adventure, where tents can dance and massive maps swamp the land. 

Get Lost is about encouraging curiosities, igniting adventures and pushing past stereotypes. 

As the story unfolds, the relationship between the two relatable characters is ambiguous. The two dancers are empathetic, hyper, soft and tactile as they support, celebrate and solve their way through this wholesome, yet high energy performance.

Midsummer Carnival: 2pm

A spectacular carnival parade will make its way from Lord Street into the Marketplace. The lively and colourful parade will be led by young people from the Zodiac All Stars dance troupe, based in Nottingham, accompanied by Montserrat Masqueraders carnival performers and a specially commissioned Summer Queen – dressed in a new costume made with help from the local community. 

Local dancers will perform alongside performers dressed in costumes inspired by flora and botanicals from around the world. 

Artists from Curiosity Creators and Lumo Workshop have created themed decorations for the town centre working with the community, to complement the town’s Bunting Blast, created by Electric Egg. Make sure to look out for flags around the town designed by local children!

Cllr Lesley Rollings, Deputy Leader of the Council and Chairman of Prosperous Communities at West Lindsey District Council said:

“We are incredibly excited to be holding this fantastic event again within our district. It celebrates both the talents of local, national and international artists. This is a day for anyone of any age to enjoy.”

More details will be frequently added so keep checking Discover Gainsborough for regular updates.

This event will be made possible by funding from West Lindsey District Council’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund, Arts Council England, and Gainsborough Town Council.

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