In pictures: Italian Gardens welcomes thrilling weekend of wonders
PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:16 05 October 2017
Weston's newly-refurbished Italian Gardens played host to a range of theatrical-based entertainment with circus performers, street artists and workshops all arriving in the town for the first time.
On Saturday, internationally-renowned Dutch company Cirque du Platzak showcased some of its incredible acrobatics – and it was a show to remember.
Cirque du Platzak blends traditional and contemporary circus techniques and the ‘darkly-comic’ circus also played eastern European folk music live for Weston to enjoy.
As well as this one-time show, the town was also thrilled by Dizzy O Dare’s giant balloon show. His balloon sculptures, high energy comedy and grand finale of a giant balloon trick meant there was something for crowd members of all ages to enjoy.
The event was organised by Theatre Orchard, thanks to funding from Coasters. Coasters aims to encourage more people to visit seaside towns and participate in shared cultural experience, such as live entertainment.
Fiona Matthews is the director of Theatre Orchard, which is co-ordinating an array of shows at The Tropicana, and told the Mercury the day was a huge success.
She added: “It was great and even though the weather forecast was bad, it actually was good and it seemed to get a really positive reaction. I would love for it to be an annual event and that is what the aim is.
“It is really nice to get a different kind of audience to see these performances.”
As well as the excitement of Saturday, there was also a chance to get involved at the Tropicana.
A tightwire tutorial took place and Strong Lady Productions presented a workshop which combined body weight exercises, yoga and mental strength, which can be used before and after performing.
Ms Matthews added: “The workshops were well-attended and the whole aim behind this is to offer something different in Weston and North Somerset.
“The partnership with Coasters brings an opportunity to carve out a unique cultural identity for North Somerset that builds upon the strength of its seaside heritage.
“We are really pleased and hope to get the word out there more with events in Weston and the rest of the district.”