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High hopes for Sutton town centre 4.06.10

A range of world class acts have been confirmed for Sutton's spectacular 'suburban arts' festival.

Transe Express

A range of world class acts have been confirmed for Sutton's spectacular 'suburban arts' festival.

The Art of Suburbia Festival (September 24 – 25), will wow residents with live music, street performances and high wire acts - all staged on Sutton High Street.

The spectacle will feature acts such as the 'Spurting Man', a silent comedy which concludes with a fantastic water display, stunning acrobatics from the Black Eagles and a swinging 60s dance piece based around an iconic Lambretta.  

The event, which will showcase Sutton's revamped High Street, will culminate with a spectacular finale by internationally acclaimed French street and high wire performers Transe Express, who have performed around the world at famous landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House.

The finale starts on the ground as a troupe of drumming performers weave their way through the crowds before being hoisted high into the sky to create a giant human mobile.

Cllr Sean Brennan, Leader of Sutton Council, said: "The idea of celebrating suburbia has grown in recent years and considering over 80 per cent of people living in the UK live in suburbs, this isn't surprising.  

"The Art of Suburbia Festival will be one of the most exciting spectacles ever to be held in Sutton and will provide a fitting launch for the refurbished town centre.

"This festival aims to give residents the chance to celebrate Sutton's culture, history and identity, all while making sure everybody has a unique and entertaining experience."

On Saturday residents will be invited to join professional performers in the Bicycle Ballet, learn Bollywood inspired dance steps and paint on a giant letter installation.

The festival will demonstrate how public spaces can be used for arts performances which residents can participate in.

Arts Council England have granted the festival £37,500 because of its original idea.

For more information contact Michaela Markland on Michaela.markland@sutton.gov.uk  

Last updated: Thursday, 08 July 2010

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