Festival to leave Lincoln beaming

Children and young people in Lincoln have a new arts festival to look forward to throughout the summer holiday next month.

Based in the city centre, Beam! 2010 aims to be a summer programme of activity for all the family, beginning July 2nd through to early September.

A lot of programmes are aimed at under 19s, especially the first week of launch, but the organisers say it offers a variety of activities for the entire family to enjoy.

On launch day (July 2nd), the city’s centre will host a mix of street theatre, live music, stand-up comedy, storytelling, and children’s theatre.

Beam! 2010’s organiser, Lincoln Business Improvement Group (Lincoln BIG), will also be bringing Wimbledon to Lincoln. A tennis court, umpire and players will be present in the city, waiting to take on any challengers.

Lincoln BIG chief executive Matt Corrigan said: “We have organised a schools programme in the city centre for the past six years. […] People will be amazed at what we have in store for them from July and throughout the summer.”

From July 5th-9th, 1,500 schoolchildren from across the county will perform songs, dances and sketches across the city centre as part of Beam! Children, and on July 12th, 13-19 year-olds should visit The Collection in the evening to see three of the UK’s upcoming comedians.

Beam! said it will also support local talent — storyteller Joy Pitt should keep all ages amused with her tales, and Ady Lee will juggle while riding a uni cycle and trying to make everyone laugh.

On top of this, shoppers will maybe spot the six-foot bluebottles, mermaids, parrots, seahorses, airplane cabin crew and Grumpy Grannies wandering the streets, as well as a samba band playing.

Beam! 2010’s Co-Director David Lambert added: “Beam! 2010 is the ideal platform for both local and international talent, offering the people of Lincoln and Lincolnshire some of the finest acts performing today. We hope the people of Lincolnshire take full advantage of what is on offer.”

See the Beam brochure for all event listings.

Source, Photo: Lincoln BIG