Huge crowds bounce into city for bo­ing! fes­ti­val

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Head Speaks Out -

An in­no­va­tive and cre­ative per­for­mance fes­ti­val, with artists from across Europe, drew big crowds to Can­ter­bury over the week­end.

Fam­ily event bo­ing! was held at the Univer­sity of Kent cam­pus and or­gan­ised by the Gul­benkian.

It has been awarded Euro­pean Fes­ti­val sta­tus, mak­ing it one of the lead­ing in­ter­na­tional events of its kind.

Au­di­ences have grown from 2,500 in 2014 to an es­ti­mated 12,000 at the week­end, who were treated to a packed two-day pro­gramme of more than 70 per- for­mances, many cir­cus-based, both in­door and out­side as well as films and work­shops. It also en­gaged crowds in the city cen­tre with street per­for­mance from com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Urban Play­ground and Pro­tein Dance.

A big at­trac­tion for chil­dren was the hairy “Beastie” who was seen wan­der­ing around the city.

The fes­ti­val is funded by the funded by Arts Council Eng­land, Univer­sity of Kent and Kent County Council.

It fea­tures com­pa­nies from The Nether­lands, Fin­land, Spain, France, Nor­way, Por­tu­gal, Italy, Bel­gium and Aus­tria.

One of the grav­ity-de­fy­ing acts

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