It’s curtain up for Showzam!

The street scene in Blackpool town centre during Showzam!

The street scene in Blackpool town centre during Showzam!

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EXCITEMENT is building ahead of Showzam! – Blackpool’s annual festival of circus, magic and new variety.

The event, organised by Marketing Blackpool, returns for its sixth outing from February 15 to 24 with 150 performers taking part.

Romany Diva of Magic

Romany Diva of Magic

Tens of thousands of mini guides are already being distributed to give everyone a sneak peak of what is going on.

And visitors are being promised a bigger and better event than ever before with the Winter Gardens gearing up to host Showzam! Central in The Olympia with a variety of activities throughout the 10 day festival.

Marketing Blackpool managing director Natalie Wyatt said: “We are delighted to be bringing Showzam! back to Blackpool again. This is a fantastic 10-day festival providing entertainment for young and old, families and couples.

“Showzam! is a very important part of the Marketing Blackpool calendar and one we are hugely proud of.”

Showzam! would not be Showzam! without the flamboyant Carnival Ball and it triumphantly returns to the world-famous Tower Ballroom on Saturday February 16 when the Roaring 1920’s will be the theme for the evening.

World class entertainment will include Spymonkey, The Broken Hearts DJs, the Alex Mendham Orchestra and hosts and Britain’s Got Talent finalists The Sugar Dandies.

One of the other highlights of the show is Mr Albert’s Trade of the Tricks workshop at The Grand Theatre Studio where children and adults can learn a variety of magic tricks before watching colourful family comedy, Mr Albert’s Big Finish.

Diva of Magic, Romany will entertain families at The Sands Venue with a flamboyant show about dreams and how to achieve them.

And for those who just simply love to watch, Showzam! would not be complete without the sharp wit of its Street Theatre. Back by popular demand is Granny Turismo with new routines and songs to shock and amuse while Wondertours are presenting a comedy walking tour of Blackpool’s variety history.

There will be a wide selection of tours and talks including Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Stageworks Costume Tour and Backstage Tour.

Entertainment historian Prof Vanessa Toulmin, who is heavily involved in the festival, will present features on The Winter Garden and Blackpool Tower: The Wonderland of the World.

For more information on any of these shows and events, pick up a copy of the Showzam! Mini Guide from the Tourist Information Centre at Festival House on the Promenade, or alternatively visit www.showzam.co.uk