Flamboyant performers join Durham Streets Festival

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AN eye-catching collection of new performers have joined the line-up for one of the region’s most flamboyant festivals.

Four acts will be making their Durham Streets Festival debut this month, joining a colourful bill of entertainment.

Audiences can enjoy the agility and contortions of Fanti, an award-winning troupe of traditional African acrobats from Ghana.

Also lined up to perform on Durham’s historic cobbled streets are Reality TV Me, the latest comedy creation from diva California, who manage to combine hula-hoops and reality television for an interactive show of ridiculous challenges.

Her show was recently awarded Grand Jury 1st Prize for Street Theatre during the prestigious Vevey Artists de Rue Festival.

They are joined by MulletMan, a New Zealander, whose prize-winning shows are a combination of laugh-out-loud comedy and circus-based stunts, and Reid Show from Florida, who presents an acrobatic, juggling routine that includes dangerous props and audience participation.

The four new acts complete a line-up of entertainment that also welcomes back Streets Festival favourites AJ James, The Mighty Gareth, Lindsay, George Fuller and Todd Various.

All nine acts will perform in Durham City across the August Bank Holiday weekend and will take part in a Best of The Best contest against each other, with a winner voted for by the public.

Eddie Yank, of Fanti Acrobats, said: “We have never visited Durham City before, but we know that it is very beautiful.

“Our goal, as always, is to give the best possible performance in order to put smiles on the faces of the audience.

“We are very much looking forward to performing our show on the streets, and hope that we do enough to get people’s votes, and maybe even to win Best of the Best on our first appearance at the festival.”

In addition to the street performances, Lost in Translation Circus will perform a special show on Palace Green on August 24 at 4pm, featuring comedy, poetic imagery, original music and circus skills.

All the performances are free to view, and instead of charging a fee, the performers pass their hat around at the end of the show.

l Street performances will take place from 11.30am to 4pm on August 24 and 25. For more information, visit www.durhamstreetsof.co.uk.