Out There 2010 On the September 18th 2010, renowned french street art organisation Generik Vapeur made their debut in England, Great Yarmouth at the 3rd annual ‘Out there’ festival and invited 9 community volunteers to participate in the companies antics for the evening. Generik Vapeur, painted blue pounded the streets down to the Sealife Centre gardens on the seafront. 30 blue people lit the way with flares and crackers and had oil drums on their back as well as a band following them on lorry to set the scene. They drank blue water,ate cabbages, raced each other and on arriving outside the Arena Club, ‘a blue person’ zip-wired down into the centre of the crowd as people looked on in awe. My favourite by far was when the ‘blue people’ congregated on the wall outside the information centre. Just as I thought it couldn’t get any better two ‘blue men’ appeared at the top of the building. The sun had set, it was dark apart from spot lights and smoke billowed out from behind them. What a buzz to be part of the audience right now. ‘He’s going to bungy’ someone in the crowd shouted. No this was better, they ‘spiderman walked’ down the wall and jumped to the floor. Could this get any better still? Yes came the answer and the finale beckoned. Set in the centre of the sea-life centre gardens was a pyramid of oil drums with half a police car attached to a mouse trap behind it. The crowd had accumulated and the blue people gathered to join the band’s quirky song. Suddenly the police car hidden behind the tower knocked through the oil drums and with the help of the blue men brought the tower down. The fire works started and the blue men jumped onto the bands’ truck and disappeared off into the night. ‘Rest assured we will see more of the Generik Vapeur here over the next couple of years’ says Joe Mackintosh, chief executive of Seachange Arts. Seachange Arts will be working with Generik Vapeur for the next few years and it will conclude with a final commission just for ‘Out There’ for the 2012 festival and I for one can’t wait to see it.
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