Celebration of romance

Jonny Woo will compere this year's Showzam! Carnival Ball, at Blackpool Tower on Saturday, February 14.
Jonny Woo will compere this year's Showzam! Carnival Ball, at Blackpool Tower on Saturday, February 14.
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Old romantics will be rubbing shoulders with the New Romantics for a celebration of all things carnival next weekend.

Love will be in the air as the annual Carnival Ball gets the Showzam! festival under way at the Tower Ballroom next Saturday – the most romantic night of the year, St Valentine’s Day.

The February half-term festival this year celebrates all things circus, with the weird, wonderful and amazing on show for the five-day party.

And there’s just a few more days left to bag your tickets for the ball.

Arts body LeftCoast has programmes this year’s Showzam!, and artistic director Michael Trainor said the Carnival Ball will be a night to remember.

“The Carnival Ball is such a popular event in Blackpool’s calendar and we are hoping this year’s event will be as successful as ever,” he said. “Blackpool excels at putting on fabulous shows to suit all audiences and interests and the Carnival Ball certainly falls into that hat.”

The evening on February 14 will see a wide variety of acts perform as acclaimed British comedian and drag queen Jonny Woo comperes ensuring everyone has a truly romantic time.

Highlights including Abi Collins, a one-woman rollercoaster of death defying stunts; Mysterieuses Coiffures, a hair sculptor from France; Magamus featuring a wild acrobat and juggler; the gorgeous burlesque performer Kitty Bang; highlights of the spectacular South American circus company Circolombia; amazing silk artists Starfiz; and guests will be greeted by Hocus Pocus, a sideshow of curiosities.

The night is all about getting your dancing shoes on too and there will be performances throughout from Kumpania Algazarra, an infectious Balkan style band from Portugal inspired by rousing party energy and good vibration, with added tropical heat, oriental balance, dance beats and hip-hop. The evening will be rounded off with the uber cool DJs, The Broken Hearts.

Michael added: “It’s Valentine’s night, it’s Carnival Ball and it’s Showzam!

“Whether people want to party with friends or as a couple on this most romantic of nights, one thing is certain and that is that they will be truly entertained.

“We are delighted with the line-up for Carnival Ball as well as the entire Showzam! programme and we look forward to feeling that incredible bounce in the Tower Ballroom’s amazing dance floor as people enjoy a magnificent night out.”

With this year’s Carnival Ball taking place on Valentine’s Day, revellers are asked to take the romance theme ‘through the ages’ and dress from any romantic era they wish with a prize for the best dressed.