Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival hosts boat created from 1200 wooden objects

Collective Spirit, a 30-ft sailing boat fashioned from hundreds of donated wooden objects and created by Lone Twin, one of Europe’s leading performance companies, is visiting Great Yarmouth for the Maritime Festival on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September,

Items donated for Collective Spirit’s construction include a tiny piece of the Mary Rose, a sliver of Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, timber from HMS Victory Nelson’s flagship, a plank from the London 2012 Velodrome, several hockey sticks, a salad server in the shape of a spanner, and a Victorian policeman’s truncheon.

The Lone Twin Boat Project Norfolk Tour is part of Norfolk - Looking Forward to 2012, the county's partnership programme to make the most of the opportunities from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Collective Spirit is one of the South East region’s contributions to the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, as part of the Arts Council England’s Artists’ Taking the Lead project.

The Maritime Festival takes place on Saturday 1 (10am to 6pm) and Sunday 2 September 2012 (10am to 5pm) on South Quay when a mix of traditional and modern maritime vessels, including the Tall Ships Mercedes and Tres Hombres, will be moored on South Quay for visitors to admire and go aboard. Land-lubbers who prefer to keep their feet firmly on terra-firma will have plenty to keep them entertained.

The Festival is a riot of colour and maritime music, with a large main stage featuring a variety of performances and two other entertainment areas. Shanty and maritime music will be performed throughout the festival at three different venues up and down South Quay, the Main Stage, The Fo'c'sle and in Horatio's Bar with a packed programme of artistes. The Festival is free, but a £1 donation per person is welcomed.

Collective Spirit is also visiting Folk East (24-26 August) and Wells Festival (7-9 September).