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Simon Delf has been running the Leading to Change: Cultivating Leadership course which is a great resource for people who want to improve their leadership skills. There are full details in the document below or contact Simon. As in previous years there are discounted places for qualifying organisations and an additional early booking discount for those that submit an application prior to the end of July.
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Prosper is a new business support programme run by Creative United and launching this month
Prosper will offer the opportunity for around 70 arts and cultural organisations, companies or individual entrepreneurs in England to participate in nine months of free, dynamic and impactful business support activities, such as 1-to-1 business advice, masterclasses, workshops, webinars and meetups.
The programme is designed to improve confidence and capabilities with business planning and strategy for the arts, museums and libraries, with participants benefitting from expert advice and mentorship from industry professionals.
To launch Prosper, there will be a series of free morning briefing events across England. The event taking place in Norwich is at the Writers’ Centre, Dragon Hall, King Street on Friday 31st March, 9:45am-11am.
It’s an opportunity to find out more about Prosper, hear from programme partners and ask any questions. Please come and please share this opportunity amongst your relevant contacts/networks.
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NORFOLK & NORWICH FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL 2017 PROGRAMME
FIVE WORLD PREMIERES, A MAJOR NEW ART INSTALLATION, UNIQUE CONCERTS AND LARGE-SCALE FREE OUTDOOR EVENTS
2017 FESTIVAL RUNS FRIDAY 12 MAY – SUNDAY 28 MAY 2017 WITH BOOKING OPEN FROM 2 MARCH 2017
Norfolk & Norwich Festival, the largest arts festival in the East of England and one of the four largest in the UK, has today announced the full programme for its 2017 Festival (12-28 May). The programme, which spans performance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature and events for children, includes world premieres, unique concerts and one-off events, including a number of free outdoor events across the festival. For the full festival programme, please visit www.nnfestival.org.uk.
Festival highlights include: an extraordinary choral sleepover from The Voice Project in The Arms of Sleep which will give 40 audience members per night a bed and invite them to spend the night at the beautiful Assembly House, Norwich for a brand new, specially written 10 hour choral piece; a new partnership with BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists, allowing festival-goers to hear some of the most exciting new classical talent from around the world; Luke Jerram’s latest large-scale public artwork, a giant inflatable moon featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, complete with deckchairs underneath allowing audiences to bathe in the moonlight; the return of multi-award-winning performance poet Luke Wright with the premiere of his second verse play Frankie Vah, set against a backdrop of indie venues and 80s politics, after the sell-out success of What I Learned from Johnny Bevan; Thrill Laboratory’s brand new VR playground, which will see sets of swings around the city, allowing audiences to don virtual reality headsets jump on a swing and enter a range of experiences from riding on the back of a mechanical jellyfish to sitting atop a giant robot; Stormy: The Life ofLena Horne a world premiere production written by and starring Camilla Beeput under the creative direction of Clarke Peters, that celebrates the dancer, singer and activist in her centenary year; fiddler and singer Maarja Nuut; a rare public performance from the Basement Jaxx singers and LaDonna Harley Peters, LaSharVu; Spring. Summer. Autumn. Winter, an epic quartet about the human life cycle comprising of live performance and film from internationally renowned theatre company Quarantine; Adnams Spiegeltent headliners Casus Circus bring incredible acrobalance in Driftwood; Rear View, a world premiere on the streets of Norwich from IOU who will take audiences on their custom made double decker bus in a quickly moving adventure led by poets Cecilia Knapp and Jemima Foxtrot; Akram Khan Company take audiences from Britain to Bangladesh in the cross-cultural dance production Chotto Desh; a City of Literature programme featuring Will Self, Eimear McBride and Caroline Criado-Perez amongst others; and a major new exhibition by internationally celebrated Turner Prize-winning British Landscape artist Richard Long.
In England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and the Writers’ Centre Norwich will once again present a world class literature programme, and this year for the first time ever the City of Literature Weekend will take place over three full days. The 2017 programme will explore revolutions in art, sexuality, technology and identity with writers including Will Self on his new work Phone examining the influence of 20th century technologies, new work form Siddhartha Bose marking the 70thanniversary of Indian Independence, Robert Service on the impact of the Russian Revolution, the fifth Harriet Martineau Lecture on campaigning journalism around the wold featuring two of Mexico’s finest journalists Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernàndez, Caroline Criado-Perez on the gender data gap and Eimear McBride on art and sexuality as well as personal moments of radical change from Max Porter, Madeline Thien and a retrospective on revolutionary thinker John Berger. Following its debut in 2016 The Story Machine is also set to return with a new selection of world renowned writers, this year taking place at Shoe Factory Social Club.
The 2017 Festival will see three world premiere performance pieces: a brand new verse play from multi-award-winning What I Learnt from Johnny Bevan writer and performance poet Luke Wright which will be set against a backdrop of scuzzy indie venues and 80s politics; Stormy: The Life of Lena Horne, a celebration of the centenary year of one of the greatest African-American figures in 20th century entertainment by Camilla Beeput with Creative Direction from Clarke Peters; IOU by Rear View which sees audiences take to the streets of Norwich on a moving adventure in a custom built bus with performances from poets Cecelia Knapp and Jemima Foxtrot.
Performance highlights also include leading UK disabled artists Claire Cunningham and Jess Curtis’ The Way You Look (at me) Tonight exploring our habits and practices ofperceiving each other, Quarantine’s quartet about the human life cycle Spring. Summer. Autumn. Winter, 2016 Festival success Race Horse Company’s latest show Super Sunday and Akram Khan Company’s Chotto Desh.
The Arms of Sleep is set to be a major world premiere for the Festival this year. Presented by The Voice Project, the brand new 10 hour choral work will see forty audience members join the choir to travel into the space of sleep. Guests will each be given a bed and spend the night drifting between sleep and wakefulness, to be woken in the morning by a dawn chorus. The piece will feature specially written music from Helen Chadwick, Orlando Gough, Jonathan Baker and Jon Hopkins.
Highlights of this year’s contemporary music programme, co-curated by EFG London Jazz Festival producers Serious include jazz star Dee Dee Bridgewater, a cappella group and social media sensation Naturally 7, the only date outside London where audiences can see Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson, Portuguese singer Lula Pena, Brad Mehldau Trio, a rare UK appearance from Totó La Momposina and one of the most exciting new jazz groups Ezra Collective amongst many more.
The Festival’s classical music programme is co-curated for the first time in 2017 by Britten Sinfonia and includes Britten Sinfonia’s Beethoven with Thomas Ades, City ofBirmingham Symphony Orchestra with Karen Gomyo, conducted by Karina Canellaskis, Steven Isserlis performing Bach’s Cello Suites with Kurtag’s cello miniatures, internationally leading pianist Paul Lewis, Vox Luminis and Freiburg Baroque Consort, Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton exploring the idea of madness, and a new partnership with BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists, giving audiences the opportunity to hear some of the most promising new talent from around the world including Kathryn Rudge and James Baillieu, Annelien Van Wauwe and Amatis Trio and Calidore Quartet
THE ADNAMS SPIELGELTENT
The Adnams Spiegeltent will be back at the Festival with a characteristically vibrant programme which includes headline show Driftwood from Australian company Casus Circus, a discussion on Art and Sexuality with esteemed authors Eimear McBride, Sarah Hall and Megan Bradbury and a cabaret of magical delights and Victorian era vaudeville from Hocus Pocus Theatre and Gossamer Thread’s Vaudeville Co.
Favourites such as the Rag Roof Tea Dances and the programme of late night gigs co-curated by Serious also return, gigs this year will feature music from Columbia, Portugal, Angola and more.
THE TARMAC FREE OUTDOOR PROGRAMME
The Tarmac Outdoor Programme at the Festival will once again bring world class performances from across Europe to Norwich’s parks and open spaces completely free ofcharge. The programme this year includes Luke Jerram’s latest large-scale public artwork, a giant inflatable moon ‘Museum of the Moon’ complete with deckchairs underneath allowing audiences to bathe in the moonlight alongside a programme of lunar-inspired live music, dance and performance. Thrill Laboratory’s VR playground, will see eight sets of swings around the city, allowing audiences to don virtual reality headsets and take experimental trips influenced by the pace at which audience members choose to swing. TheatreFragile will bring a narrative masked theatre piece and, having met with local refugees and support groups, will bring their voices to the centre of an interactive performance. The Garden Party will also return to the Festival for the middle weekend showcasing sound installations, circus, live music, dance, real life arcade games, giant origami and a roaming cottage on chicken legs. Norfolk & Norwich Festival is thrilled to be continuing its membership of the Creative Europe In Situ network and the UK based Without Walls, bringing to the festival the very best outdoor work from the UK and all over Europe. Both networks are supporting NNF’s own commissions.
The 2017 visual art programme includes a major new exhibition from Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Long, who will present site-responsive pieces at historic house and gardens Houghton Hall, in the biggest exhibition of his work since his retrospective at Tate Britain in 2009. Ground-breaking German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann will present ‘Art Exhibition’ at East Gallery at NUA and Rana Begum will transform the Mezzanine Gallery at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts with an immersive installation and wall-mounted reliefs, taking advantage of the architecture. This will be her first museum show anywhere in the world.
FREE DAYTIME EVENTS
For the fourth year running the Festival will hold their Meet Me At the Spiegeltent programme during the daytime to present a programme of free events include Bounce and Rhyme sessions for 0-5 year olds, Mamasupials baby sling dancing fun, Hartbeeps Taster creative play and music sessions and The Afternoon Social for all ages to come together in an afternoon of socialising and intergenerational activities.
Alongside multiple events for families in the Tarmac Free Outdoor Programme and the Meet Me at the Spiegeltent programme, Singer Juliet Kelly will present Jazz Family All-Stars, a family-fun tribute to jazz singers past and present Ireland’s hilarious Lords of Strut present return to the Festival with The Family Show.
The Festival runs 12 – 28 May 2017.
The flagship arts organisation for the East of England, Norfolk & Norwich Festival showcases some of the world’s most renowned international artists alongside regional talent, drawing audiences from across the UK.
Norfolk & Norwich is dedicated to making Festival events accessible for all. There are a variety of initiatives in place to enable as many people as possible to enjoy the work.
Full information on all Norfolk & Norwich Festival and all events at www.nnfestival.org.uk.
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Full information on all Norfolk & Norwich Festival events at www.nnfestival.org.uk.
Lots more cultural news for you - a friend was visiting this last weekend and he took a wander round Norwich. He is especially interested in visual arts as well as wider culture and he said he couldn't believe the vibrancy of Norwich. He lives near Chichester and he said he thought that the south coast had a lot going for it until he came here. It made me feel proud and a bit smug as I realised that he hadn't even scratched the surface of what we have in the city, never mind in Norfolk as a whole. So, we must make sure that we make the most of what we have laid on a plate for us and get out and see these things - so let's make a start.
Firstly don't forget we are in the last few days of the Giacometti and Cartier-Bresson exhibitions at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and just a little bit longer to catch the various parts of the British Art Show 8 at Norwich Castle and NUA East Gallery and St George's Building in St George's Street until 3 September - make sure that you don't miss these top quality shows, right here in Norwich.
Out of town, Salthouse Church is showing Margi Britz, John Midgely is at the Old Workshop Gallery Corpusty, and the River Waveney Sculpture Trail is in progress starting at the old Otter Trust near Bungay - I haven't been yet but I gather it is a really good and interesting way to take a country walk and spot site-specific artworks at the same time and tomorrow there is a tour guided by the curator Dulcie Humphrey:
Waveney Sculpture Trail - Curator’s Guided Walk
Saturday 20 August 10am – 12pm
Cost £10/£8 W&BA and RWT members, includes entry fee
Come and gain a greater insight into the works and artists who have contributed to this year’s trail in the company of curator Dulcie Humphrey.
There are a number of other exhibitions in August - so please check out the listings on www.artinnorwich.org.uk as I don't have space for them all here
There are also a couple of professional development opportunities and jobs - don't miss those - a call for submissions and two shows at Norwich Puppet Theatre written and performed by apprentices Emma Brierly and Lucy Enskat. People don't always realise how valuable and rare Norwich Puppet theatre is - it's is pretty unique to Norwich with only one or two places in the country developing and showing new work. The Theatre is a professional training ground for puppeteers and Emma and Lucy have been apprentices for the last few months. For Norwich/Norfolk residents, we are used to having these shows available but most places don't have live puppetry on their doorstep. It's a really good way to introduce young people to live theatre experience and actually, the shows are great for people of all ages - details are further down.
THE UNDERCROFT GALLERY: ASYLUM EXHIBITION
12 August to 10 September 2016
Undercroft Gallery, Beneath the War Memorial, City Hall, St Peters St, NR2 1NH. Norwich.
Gennadiy Ivanov, Julia Cameron, Alexandra Blythe, Martin Swan, Joanna Abel, Richard Cleland, Linda Johnson, Frances Martin, Andy Hornett, Peter Offord, Samia Malik, Gosia Miernik, Linda Chapman, Paul Jennings, Monika Wesselmann, Helen Wells, Tatiana Goddard, Katherine Grimbolina Gilmartin, Viv Castleton, Robert Nairn, John Sparks, Gela Durujeli, Nick Denney, Deanna Tyson, Sophia Shuvalova, Pauline Antram, Casia Coleman, Ian Anderson, John Rance
This is a Tour de Force of work, a strong and powerful exhibition which is also very moving, involving Norfolk artists as well as those from further afield. The whole of the Undercroft has been turned into a labyrinth full of large-scale pieces and small scenarios. It's open every day and details and some film footage are available here
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: There is also a great fun opportunity for budding interior designers and architects, in fact anyone that likes making - on a mini scale
Norwich Castle are holding an exhibition next March and in conjunction with that, they have a call for submissions for people to design and make a room. You have to submit a plan and then if your idea is chosen, you will be given the go-ahead, and a box, to make a room that will become part of the exhibition - here are the details but any questions, please contact Fi Hitchcock. If you love small worlds, then this is the one for you - and anyone can apply
Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House
4 March – 25 June 2017
A touring exhibition of stunning dolls’ houses from the V&A Museum of Childhood
Call for submissions -
Dream House 2017 exhibit
…Do you sew, sculpt, paint, emboss, programme, construct, embroider or upholster - and if so could you do so in miniature?
Please see the attached General Information and Submission Brief for an exciting new project relating to our spring 2017 exhibition here at Norwich Castle.
In short, we are asking you to dream a little… and then send in your ideas on paper, for the chance to make a fantastical dolls’ house room which will form part of a unique exhibit in our prime gallery space.
Anyone can apply, and we hope to showcase the skills of the widest range of Norfolk-based artists, designers, makers, crafters, arts and community groups and businesses – so if you have professional or amateur skills, a special interest or a message to proclaim, we hope this challenge will appeal.
• 10 August - Call for submissions goes live
• 7 October - closing date for receiving submission applications
• 19-21 October – 20-25 successful contributors to be contacted and confirmed.
• 31 October - empty boxes available
• 3 February 2017 - last day to deliver completed rooms to Norwich Castle.
Any questions or for more info email Fiona Hitchcock email@example.com.
NB Fi works Wednesday to Friday at Norwich Castle
There is more information on www.artinnorwich.org.uk including downloadable
CALL OUT TO WRITERS AND FILM_MAKERS: Great professional development opportunity for writers, directors, producers and film-makers in the East
East of England Talent Module: How to Get a First Feature Made
As part of the BFI NET.WORK, Creative England in partnership with write2screen, are launching a new Talent Module aimed at new and emerging writers, directors and producers in the East of England looking to make their first feature film.
The free module will cover the key stages of developing, funding, producing and releasing a first feature film where you’ll get the opportunity to hear from industry experts and strike new collaborations in the region.
Who can apply? New and emerging writers, directors and producers based in the East of England (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk) who have a strong and interesting track record in storytelling – film, novels, TV, theatre, stand-up comedy, poetry, visual arts, music videos etc. – but haven’t made a feature film.
On Thursday 8 September at Writers’ Centre Norwich there will be an opportunity to meet the team from Creative England and write2screen and ask questions about the module at a special short film screening and networking event. To book your place please register via Eventbrite at http://east-england-talent.eventbrite.co.uk.
Applications are now open and you can apply at www.creativeengland.co.uk/film/talent-development
Deadline for applications: Monday 12th September 2016
Talent Modules: Thursday 6th October, Wednesday 9th November, Thursday 1st December, Monday 12th December, Thursday 12th January and Thursday 16th February
- please ensure you can make at least five of these sessions
Venues: Writers’ Centre Norwich and Cinema City in Norwich.
Applications: Talent Module via www.creativeengland.co.uk/film/talent-development
Please make sure to read the FAQs on the website before applying.
Further information can be found here http://creativeengland.co.uk/film/talent-development
Norwich Puppet Theatre summer show - Landscapes
An outdoor show (wet weather contingency!) which has been newly created to performed as street theatre and toured to other cities, towns and festivals will be performed outside Norwich Puppet Theatre on the following dates Tuesday 23/Monday 29/Tuesday 30 August at 11am, 2pm and 4pm.
Called Landscapes, it is consists of two pieces 'Legs 11' written and performed by Emma Brierly - it's an absurdists tale of land and home - told through song, puppetry and a game of chance and 'Like a Tree' written and performed by Lucy Enskat Down oin the woods a sapling grows, up thorough the ground and towards the sky. At the same time, a child is born and their lives entwine in a sweet tale of life, love and everything after. Tickets for both shows are £8 with a family of four ticket £28 from www.puppettheatre.co.uk
Theatre Royal Norwich
DATA & ONLINE MANAGER 29k per annum
To support the work of the marketing department and online communication. This role would suit someone with database management experience, and who has online/digital marketing skills. To download the job description and application form, visit http://bit.ly/DataOnlineManager .
Closing date: 2nd September 2016. Interviews will be held at the Theatre Royal on 15th September 2016.
Norfolk & Norwich Festival Internships offered through the Creative Employment Programme (full-time; 8/9 months)
Norfolk & Norwich Festival is offering two internships through the Creative Employment Programme as follows;
Production Intern (30 September 2016 – 2 June 2017)
Events & Administration Intern (30 September 2016 – 30 June 2017)
Interns will play key roles in ensuring the successful delivery of this nationally and increasingly internationally significant arts Festival and in continuing to develop Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s reputation as a highly professional, efficient and well-regarded organisation. These are exciting opportunities to be an integral member of the Festival team and to gain valuable work experience. Supervision and support will be provided.
Production Intern (LMS Reference Number NOS/152374)
The Production Intern will play a key role in providing support to the Production team in the run up to and delivery of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017 (12-28 May). Working with the Head of Production, Production Coordinator, Technical Manager and Production Assistant the role will provide an opportunity to gain valuable work experience within production and arts administration and will offer an insight into the workings of an internationally renowned Festival.
Events & Administration Intern (LMS Reference Number NOS/152373)
The Events & Administration Intern will play a key role in providing support to the Development team, working with the Director of Development and Development Manager. The role will provide an opportunity to gain valuable work experience within event management, business administration and fundraising. This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to develop a career in fundraising, business administration and/or events management.
Deadline for receipt of applications is 9.30 am Monday 5 September 2016.
Interviews will be held in w/c 12 September. The successful applicants will be required to start in role on Friday 30 September 2016.
Application is by the completion of Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s application form only available from your local Jobcentre Plus.
For further information see our website - http://www.nnfestival.org.uk/about_us/vacancies
There are certain criteria you must meet in order to be eligible to apply for a Creative Employment Programme funded internship. At the time of applying you must be aged 18 to 24 years old and you must be registered as unemployed with Jobcentre Plus. These eligibility criteria have been approved by the Department of Work and Pensions
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Culture Shift update: 1st July 2016 - British Art Show 8, Lord Mayor's Celebrations, Jimmy Cauty's Riot Tour and much, much more
Well, what a week we have had. Not only did the British Art Show launch a week ago amidst torrential rain, but we woke up to the decision that British people had, by a small majority, voted to leave the European Union. Not in Norwich however where there was a significant majority that wanted to remain, myself amongst them. The small overall majority 52%/48% is a bitter gall for many people and it is an issue that has divided the country, sent all of the political powers into chaos and deeply affected the whole of Europe - in fact the World as economic shockwaves have been felt everywhere. It has been so much in the news that I am sure that I don't need to bang ion here except top ay that I hope that those of us involved in the arts and culture sectors can use our skills to try and influence the mood to quell the isolationist, racist and homophobic atmosphere that seems to be taking a hold in the space that has been created.
So, onto the British Art Show8. I hope that it has not escaped your attention but knowing how busy everyone is and hard it is to keep up, I am going to try and guide you through BAS8 in instalments as I catch up with it myself. Much of the work is the kind that baffles many people (me included) without any explanation but I have found that once I understand a bit more, I get a lot more out of visiting contemporary exhibitions. I think BAS8 is a good example of this so I would say, take advantage of any guided tour that is offered and if you go to one of the exhibiting galleries under your own steam, don't be afraid to ask - it won't only be you that is baffled and the stewards will be only too happy to tell you what they know. You can find out all about ithere. There are also lots of extra events - next week (13 July) there is a talk by artist Mikhail Karikis, and on the website are featured artists.
The show is hosted at Norwich Castle (charges apply)* and Norwich University of the Arts St George's Building (admission free) East Gallery NUA (on the corner of Bridewell Alley and St Andrew's Street) as well as one piece in the Forum
* Adult: £6.50, Concession (over 65s): £5.50, Child (age 4-18): £4.50 - there are lots of other deals and concessions and you can go in for an hour before closing for just £2
So what is my impression? I went to the launch night which was a dazzling series of venues, people, artists, performances and artworks all liberally seasoned with downpours and storms. It was hard to really see much of the actual work under the circumstances but there were some special performances - most notable a performance art piece which included a professional soprano singing the words displayed on a scrolling digital board - the piece is called Cally Spooner, Damning Evidence Illicit Behaviour Seemingly Insurmountable Great Sadness Terminated In Any Manner which expressed disappointment in cyclist Lance Armstrong. It fascinated people at the launch to be so close to an opera singer and the acoustic of the Castle galleries meant that there was a really full and rich sound.
I also realised that I needed to go back and investigate the work - there are over 100 pieces over the 4 venues it was impossible to spend enough time. I want to go back and watch Rachael Maclean's film which is an hour long - I am a member of the East Anglia Art Fund (membership £25 a year) which enables me to go back to the Castle as often as I want to but even if you are not a member (it is worth joining though) you can go in for £2 for an hour before closing ie 3.30pm. So my approach is going to be to go back to a different part each week and digest it gradually rather than let myself be overwhelmed by a lot of work actually that needs some time spent to get the most out of it. I realise that not everyone will be motivated to do this so I will blog regular reports on how I am getting on - follow me on the www.artinnorwich.org.uk blog if you want a bit of help in unwrapping BAS8 in Norwich - one of the biggest art events in Norwich for years. It is here until 3rd September so you can afford to take your time to enjoy it.
But don't forget, there are loads of other art events going on, not least the wonderful Giacometti show at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, as well as work by Giacometti there is also work by a number of other artists who were his contemporaries. It is beautifully exhibited in the lower galleries of the Sainsbury Centre, an oasis of the highest quality art underground and tucked away but nevertheless really well worth making time for - you have a sense of seeing something really special.
This weekend the Lord Mayor's Celebrations and the Urban Art Fair will be filling the centre of Norwich. The Urban Art Fair is a new event and will be on St Peter's Street on Sunday 3 July. The city centre will be buzzing and it will be worth checking out road closures and any toher obstacles to getting around the city this weekend - but come in by bus or bike and get involved in the fun.
The Undercroft, Norwich
2nd July – 17th July 2016
Also in the city centre is a new exhibition in the Undercroft beneath the Memorial Gardens called Constellation curated by NUA tutor Carl Rowe. Constellation is a curated project featuring staff and alumni from Norwich University of the Arts and The Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam
Wednesday – Saturday 12noon – 6pm
Sunday 12noon – 4pm
Inaugural exhibition at the new Hudson Gallery, Hudson Architects St Andrew's Street -
Solidity and Transparency - new works by Philip Walmsley
Hudson Architects are well-known in Norwich and beyond for their work on a number of arts building eg Open at the old Barclay's Bank building and soon to work on the Castle Keep. They recently moved into new premises in St Andrew's Street and saw the opportunity to turn their meeting room into a gallery space. It has a large window facing the street. The first exhibition is by Philip Walmsley whose pencil works are graphical representations of the internal spaces of buildings, the volume inside. Philip was an ideal choice for this space as the subject matter is both architectural and creative.
The gallery is within a working architectural practice so the current exhibition will be open to the public every Thursday from 12pm - 2pm. If you would like to visit at other times from Monday to Friday, please contact email@example.com to arrange an appointment. See more details on the website.
Skippings Gallery in Great Yarmouth has the Yarmouth 5 exhibiting
Exhibition runs from Saturday 25th June to Saturday 23rd July, open Wednesdays to Saturdays 11am to 4pm
Skippings Gallery, 133 King Street, Great Yarmouth, NR31 6SW
Norwich 20 Group new exhibition Eastern Horizons at The Forum 4-15 July
Norwich 20 Group annual show featuring work by over 70 artists, called 'Eastern Horizons' from Monday 4 July with a private view from 6.30pm that evening - all welcome! Show continues until 15 July.
At The Garage Chapelfield tonight Friday 1 July 8pm
Dame Nature is a bearded lady who has been looking after her facial furniture for as long as she can remember. And she just can’t stop combing over the past. Join her as she contemplates the fading roar of the crowd, lost love and the merits of Phil Collins’ solo work.
see www.thegarage.org.uk for booking details
At The Wharf Academy tonight Friday 1 July
Acoustic Night curated by creative intern Sarah Harrington - see
www.facebook.com/events/899886950137943 for details
WOW Music Festival 2016
If you fancy a trip out of Norwich, don't forget the WOW Festival just outside Diss. There is camping and lots of music including the Undertones and CC Smugglers - find out more here
Jimmy Cauty's ADP Riot Tour comes to Norwich in August
For those of you that clocked Banksy's dystopian art installation Dismaland Bemusement Park in a derelict resort in Weston-super-Mare in 2015 but weren't able to get there, a taste of it is coming to Norwich 1-3 August. Artists Jimmy Cauty who was half of the band KLF which rose to fame in the 80s and who achieved fame/notirety by burning £1million pound notes in Scotland. Jimmy's contribution to Dismaland was a dystopian model village depicting riots and disaster scenes - miniature figures in tiny scenarios complete with flashing lights and florrie jackets. Now the village has been rebuilt in a shipping container and is touring riot sites in the UK tis year.
As Norwich can claim several riots including the Priory Riots in 1443, Kett's Rebellion in 1549 (performances of which you can see at various places around Norwich this weekend by players Common Lot) and the Poll Tax riots in 1990 so the shipping container will be installed on the Forum amphitheatre area from 1-3 August where you will be able to see the scenes through peepholes. This is a great coup for Norwich as this is a major artwork for 2016 but also has a sense of fun whilst being thought-provoking at the same time. The idea started with Jimmy's mini disaster scenes in jam jars.
There will be more info about this in the next week or two but if you have any info about riots in Norwich or want to get involved in another way, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will also be looking for people to 'steward' the container during its stay and to talk to members of the public about the installation so if that interests you and you have some time, please let me know.
There is a smaller version of the installation at the Royal Academy Summer Show - it's for sale for £46,000!
Cley Contemporary Art Exhibition - Cley 16 In Norfolk Now
This popular annual show launches on 6th July and is open to the public from 7 July to 7 August at St Margaret's Church Cley-next-the Sea and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust centre at Cley and otehr venues in Cley. It is curated by architect and artist Hugh Pilkington this year and features work by 72 artists. There is also a series of curator's talks, concerts, workshops and other events. It is worth a trip out to this centre which brings high quality art opportunities to north Norfolk. Find out more at www.cleycontemporaryart.org
Launch of the Shoe Factory Social Club at St Mary's Works
Recently, two major factory sites in central Norwich have been bought by London-based developer Architekton, headed up by Dominic Richards who describes himself as a 'local boy' . As well as a London base he has a home in Suffolk and has an affinity with Norwich. As part of the development, Architekton are establishing a creative 'meanwhile use' by allowing part of the St Mary's Works building (the bit that used to be called Hymns Ancient and Modern) to be used for exhibitions, performances, film showings and more so keep an eye out for news about what's on as there are events already booked in such as a
showing of the film Kinky Boots, directed by Julian Jarrold about, strangely enough, a shoe factory - brilliant film. Architekton are also working with some creative/community groups including Norwich Hackspace who will be moving in to one of the disused buildings in August if all goes to plan. Eventually the sites will be developed for mixed use - homes, shops, restaurants etc so it could be a real boost for the north side of the city - you can read more about it here but it is definitely a space to watch
East Meets West: International Obsidian and Flint Conference in Thetford
14-16 July 2016
This July join Ancient House for a fascinating three day conference bringing together specialists in the archaeology and use of obsidian and flint. Marking the occasion of the first ever formal twinning of archaeological sites; Grimes Graves and the Hoshikuso Obsidian Mines, East Meets West will explore commonalities and differences in approach between The Brecks and Japan, and consider how a comparative approach can enhance our understanding of the development of lithic technologies in both regions.
In summer 2016, this relationship will be confirmed through the formal twinning of Grimes Graves and the Hoshikuso Obsidian Mines. This conference will form part of a series of events in Thetford and the surrounding area marking this occasion.
Each day of East Meets West has been designed to appeal to a different audience, with activities ranging from lectures to live flint knapping and crafts! On Thursday 14th July local school children will have the chance to experience university–level lectures and workshops. This will include exploring flint architecture in the town, a guided tour of our Flint Rocks! exhibition, a flint knapping workshop and a study of Jomon (Japanese Neolithic) cooking. All for free!
The East Meets West international conference on Friday 15th July will see guest speakers from around the world share knowledge on the studies of obsidian and flint. Guest speakers will include Dr Simon KANER (Sainsbury Insitute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and University of East Anglia, Norwich), Peter TOPPING (Historic England), Professor SATO Hiroyuki (University of Tokyo, Japan), Professor ONO Akira (Former Director of the Center for Obsidian and Lithic Studies, Meiji University, Japan), Professor YAJIMA Kunio (Meiji University, Japan) and Dr Nick ASHTON (The British Museum). The conference will be taking place at the Carnegie Room in Thetford and booking is essential.
When speaking about the conference Oliver Bone, Ancient House Curator said: “We are excited to invite such prestigious guest speakers from around the world to join us here in Thetford for what promises to be a fascinating event!”
The final day of East Meets West is the free Family Flint and Obsidian Fun day from 10am to 4pm at Ancient House, Kings House Gardens and Thetford Priory. This is your chance to get hands on with flint, meet a Napoleonic soldier wielding a flint lock musket, try your hand at obsidian knapping and even taste some Jomon stew! Plus the chance to get creative with clay, play a range of Tudor games and even win a prize or two!
The conference is organised by Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life, the Brecks-Nagawa Exchange Committee, and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, in conjunction with: Thetford Town Council, the Centre for Japanese Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich; English Heritage; Meiji University Center for Obsidian and Lithic Studies; Nagawa-macgi Obsidian Museum; University of Tokyo, Faculty of Humanities.
To book your students onto the Schools Day 14th July please contact email@example.com
To book onto our Conference on 15th July visit Leaping Hare – Thetford’s Great Information Centrehttp://leapinghare.org/
For more information please visit our website: http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Visit_Us/Ancient_House/East_Meets_West/index.htm or contact us on: 01842 751974.
Don't forget our regular What Next? meetings, normally at Norwich Playhouse on Wednesdays at 1pm-2pm. It's an opportunity to get together with other people interested in the arts in Norfolk and to talk about issues facing people working in the arts as well as a chance to tell otherpeople what you are doing. There is normally a speaker but it is an informal meetup. You can sign up for updates at www.whatnextnorfolk.org.uk
Ok peeps. Revising my opinion of best Festival event so far. The Tin Men and the Telephone at Norwich Playhouse tonight was great fun, entertaining, clever and very good music. I am not the greatest jazz fan, and this was definitely jazz but I had to acknowledge that they (three guys from the Netherlands) were really very good. It was made all the better (though not everyone will agree, jazz purists avert your eyes) by the addition of an app, downloaded before the concert (but you can't use it before it starts) and then activated at the beginning of the evening.
Through the app you can join in the concert. The guys spend most of the time playing music uninterrupted but at certain times you can add to it. I thought it might be a bit naff (as many apps are) but I was curious to know how it would work. The app - I think the bass player wrote it - was very clever and at each stage, your little screen told you to 'sit and listen to the music and enjoy it' or 'shake your phone vigorously' to speed up the camel onscreen (and thereby the speed of the music) or a variety of other actions.
Now, why would you want to do that? I hear you ask - well it was fun.
And then we could vote for different styles of music, add chords to a melody line projected on screen which they would play, create a drum rhythm. You can visually design music on your phone and then upload it to their Ipads for them to play. But the music was not compromised as they were brilliant improvisors and their musicianship more than compensated for any vague idea of music the audience might aspire to. But for anyone who is interested in how music technology can be used in performance, this was a very good example - including adding film soundtrack as a sample beat. They used film in the screen visually reacting to the sounds of the music but in the end, they were totally in command of their instruments - I am listening to Tony playing piano on YouTube as we speak - beautiful.
For a musician, I imagine this performance would offer up lots of ideas. They are playing again tonight, that is Thursday 26 May, so I recommend to anyone interested in styles of performance, music, technology or just want a very different experience - pass it on and make sure you charge your phone up before you go!
I have just come back from a Sunday night at Dragon Hall in King Street. The invitation was to The Story Machine, an invention by Writers' Centre Norwich's programmer Sam Ruddock.
The idea is to take a beautiful and historic building (Dragon Hall was a merchant's house dating back to 1452 or thereabouts) and fill every atmospheric corner with stories and storytellers, a bar and food.
So, in 30 minute 'chapters' I was able to explore the building and listen to stories being read - some better, some worse as you might expect - I especially liked a trilogy called Electrification down in the basement cells of the building, lit only by candle-light and pointing out that shedding light on things is not always desirable, and the reading by Kevin Duffy entitled Cruelty. His soft Irish voice and, dare I say, appearance reminiscent of a leprechaun (or was it just the way he read the story) was very evocative of the great Irish traditions of storytelling, which he did so well.
There was no room for me in Fly which had limited spaces and Jon MacGregor who was telling stories in a little car so for the rest of the time I was in the Great Hall, which is lovely though I have to say, I did prefer the settings of the smaller more intimate and unusual spaces. We all came together in the Great Hall for the last story, Still, which was beautifully told by Anna Metcalfe and about a widowed man and his son who tok a photo each year as the last leaf fell from their plum tree. A touching coming of age story.
Overall, it was an interesting evening. I found the format a bit complicated as there was a lot of information to absorb whilst making choices. Had I have realised, I would have turned up half an hour earlier to give myself time to absorb how it all worked. It was hard to make choices, get a drink (the cocktails were nice but a bit slow), get to the next place and all before things were already full and I found it annoying and distracting to start with but after a while I decided just to turn up at whatever was nearest and available. It worked but I would have preferred to have felt more in control of choices than just taking the nearest on offer. And a bell or whistle warning of the start of the next session might have worked well and injected a sense of 'shift work' - it was a machine after all and sported its very own, slightly greasy mechanic. But these are all things that can be tweaked about the format and overall it was a great use of the building - the HQ of the Writers' Centre in Norwich.
Tonight, go and see Penny Arcade in the Speigeltent if there are tickets left. Well worth it.
She is a sharp, clever, ascerbic, typical New Yorker and yet the show was not typical. Apparently cabaret, apparently stand up comedy in presentation but oh so much more serious in the actual content. One gets the impression that she could be a Uni lecturer in philosophy/sociology/psychology but with the wit to convey ideas with great delivery. Sounds a bit dry? Well that's what is clever.
She wants to make the audience think, she challenges them to do so. At 65 (she doesn't look it) she is no spring chicken - she grew up in the 60s as a rebel, in with the crowd in New York that included Andy Warhol, Quentin Crisp and many other badly behaved people - she doesn't mourn her youth but she challenges the youngest generation to wake themselves out of a sleep of saccharin security. She says that they have been submerged into a world of branding, logos, franchises, marketed lifestyles where history is irrelevant and vintage is cool.
Of course, she puts this all so much better than me, accompanied by bizarre little dance routines, lighting and musical interventions. She remembers to mention everyone that has helped top produce the show and invites the audience to contact her personally, giving out her email address. She is touching and human and reminds us about how we can be responsible for ourselves.
There is one more opportunity to see her in the Speigeltent tonight at 10pm. The show lasts just over an hour - you can still be in bed by 11.30 - or maybe after listening to her, you will go out and shake up the town!
Before that I was at Live Art Club at Norwich Arts Centre with Made in China and their show Tonight I am Gonna be the New Me. It was a couple thing, but very different. Somewhat bizarre. Female performer in an open box stage, wind fan, red light, minimal props, strange epileptic dance moves, conversation addressing the audience and non-cooperative partner Tim in the audience back row. Tragedy at the end. Not going to pretend I really understood it but then it probably wasn't anymore clever than it seemed. It was a different form of story-telling and was well executed. That's what live art gives us, a new way of looking at things. There is more at Norwich Arts Centre this week so explore the programme and go and see something different. It is Luke Wright's show tonight which is most likely sold out. This programme is very popular so try something different while you have this chance. www.norwichartscentre.co.uk
BTW here's a link to Penny Arcade's website pennyarcade.tv/biography
You are going to hear quite a lot from me in the next couple of weeks as there is lots to catch up on and lots happening during the weeks of the Festival. If it is too much contact for you, just press the delete button until it settles down again (I won't be able to keep it up!). On the other hand, keep reading and some of what I have to say might just hit the mark!
Tonight at Theatre Royal was Sans Objet, a contemporary choreography with a robot arm and two acrobat/dancers as main cast. Was tremendous. Visually dramatic and maybe a sign of things to come in the future as man and machine mixed, moved, interacted with each other on a stage set like a car assembly line. A large robotic assembly arm was animated by a puppeteers, given it an expressive and quasi human persona . There was great use of light and dark, extra-terrestrial and prehistoric with the huffing puffing sighs and whirrs of hydraulics being the only voice on stage. It was well-produced and choreographed and further proof to me that it is not always the events that jump out of the Festival brochure that are the most exciting, and it is worth digging deeper into the pages and trying some of the lesser known works. I hope that the enthusiastic applause made the journey to Norwich worthwhile for the performers. It was very clever.
Tomorrow (19 May) I am going to see Max Richter also at Theatre Royal - also looking forward to that. Hailed as the most influential composer of his generation, British electro-acoustic artist Max Richter is inspired equally by Bach, punk rock and ambient electronica. Richter’s sonic world blends a formal classical training with modern technology, with work including scores for the award-winning film Waltz with Bashir and Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island. I really like this kind of classical/contemporary/ambient style of music so it is right up my street.
Friday night for me is Wild Life, a show which involves a number of talented teenage singer-songwriters from the Norfolk area who took part in a pilot show last year and have developed this performance with Belgian director Pol Heyvaert for this year's Festival. Shown at Norwich Playhouse it has been developed into a show that is funny, beautiful, angry and honest. Wild Life explores the lives of young people and the universal experience of how music makes you feel. I have a feeing that this is another of those shows that is worth taking a chance on and there are several opportunities to catch a performance as it is on for several nights
On Saturday 21st , Lisa Fischer (supported by Grand Baton) is performing at Theatre Royal - although maybe her appearance is overshadowed by the clash with the Mahler's 8th, Symphony for 1000 mega-performance at the Norfolk Showground, if you are not a great fan of classical choral/orchestral music then maybe Lisa Fischer would be a good option - she certainly has a lovely face and a matching voice - made famous by being the star of the Oscar-winning Twenty Feet From Stardom. Lisa is best-known as the woman who sings her heart out with the Rolling Stones – the YouTube of her 'Gimme Shelter' duet with Mick Jagger has had millions of hits. And she is here in Norwich.
Over the whole weekend is Vocal Invention, a weekend of workshops and concerts run by our very own music ground-breakers Sian Croose and Jon Baker and the rest of the Voice Project team - they are amazing and each year, they show that Norwich-based talent is every bit as amazing as talent from elsewhere. Not sure if it is all booked up yet but if voice is your thing then you should check it out for sure in case there are places.
There are still opportunities to see The Tempest at Great Yarmouth Hippodrome. I went last Saturday night and although it is a long show (3 hours), the time flew by. The Hippodrome gave the play a very 'otherworldly' feel which was great, although the venue's acoustics lost some of the more complex speeches at times. There were also times when I thought that the adage 'less is more' could have been applied but overall it was a very enjoyable and innovative production. Fish and chips and an early evening drive through Halvergate Marshes in a Citroen DS really completed a lovely evening out. So go and see The Tempest while you can - think it runs to Saturday - in fact, if you haven't been to the Hippodrome yet, you really should see this show directed by William Galinsky
And don't forget the Live Art Club at Norwich Arts Centre with delights such as the Egg Festival Café, everyday 9am-12pm you can have breakfast with a smile and some slapstick action plus late night gems that you won't encounter elsewhere next up is:
[LIVE] ART CLUB - CHRIS THORPE AND JON SPOONER: AM I DEAD YET?
Chris Thorpe and Jon Spooner
Thursday 19 May 8pm at Norwich Arts Centre
It comes highly recommended and Chris Thorpe has had several successes at Edinburgh Fringe
Over the weekend 21/22 is the Garden Party in Chapelfield Gardens, the glorious Spiegeltent and also lots of other bits and pieces running through the Festival such as the City of Literature Festival (lots of writerly events and readings), The Dennis Design Centre, the Public Jukebox. Walk with Me at Felbrigg Hall, It's Happening In Norwich - film by Jan Turkowski - loads more - I can't really tell you all - that's what the www.nnfestival.org.uk website is for
What Next? and Norfolk & Norwich Festival panel discussion
The next What Next?event hosted over the Norfolk & Norwich Festival will be on Friday 27 May. Please see further details below and information about how to sign up (RSVP required please).
Live Panel Discussion Friday 27 May, 11.30am-2pm
At Norwich Arts Centre, St Benedict's Street, Norwich
PERFORMING ARTS PRACTICE IN THE NETHERLANDS
Panel includes Lotte van den Berg, Tin Men and the Telephone, Strijbos & Van Rijswijk and
William Galinsky, Artistic Director of Norfolk & Norwich Festival
The discussion is followed by a networking lunch at 1pm with the opportunity to meet our artists from the Netherlands, other festival artists and visiting programmers and arts professionals
It is free but please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend
In other areas than the Festival
Aude Gotto presents The Bach Players at The Octagon Chapel
'The Food of Love' celebrating Shakespeare's 400th anniversary
Thursday 2 June 2016, 7.30pm
Tickets are on sale from www.ticketsource.co.uk/bachplayers, from Prelude Records and on the door
From Norwich Puppet Theatre
We're taking a trip to the beautiful Bishop’s Garden on 5 June, with performances of Pied Piper, puppet making workshops and more! This is always a popular day out and a chance to see the garden and buy plants too
We're delighted to be taking part in the Norfolk and Norwich Festival again this year. You can find us at the Garden Party in Chapelfield Gardens, and be sure to catch Mary English at the theatre. A show which incorporates puppetry, visual theatre and an original sound score.
Summer puppet workshops
Summer at the Puppet Theatre is packed full of workshops for children and families. The ever-popular MagiMation returns, along with Summer Puppet Club. And for the little tots, we have Puppet People and Creepy Crawlies puppet making workshops. Book now.
Murder in the Library
The Library Restaurant has a new venture - Murder and a Meal. For £35 a head (not a chopped off one!) you get a pre-dinner drink, nibbles, a main meal and a dessert plus you get to solve a murder, What's not to like ? 26 June and you need to call the restaurant to book on 01603 616606
And an appeal for survey for market research for a new writing company
'Grown out of East Anglia's thirst for greater support for writers/directors/performers and crew in theatre/film/television/radio, NR4 is East Anglia’s newest Performing Arts Company. Dedicated to working with local talent, we raise the profile of writing and connect with other local, national and international networks so that the stories of East Anglia are heard.
But, we need your help to know what it is YOU need from NR4! We want to know what support you need for your artistic practice, what you want to see change in the region, and what you want to achieve. By filling out this survey, you will be part of a changing East Anglian landscape that celebrates performing arts, our voices and our stories!
Dates for the diary
Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios
28 May-12 June
Art Car Boot at Redwell Brewery site Sunday 19 June
This annual event has become an firm fixture in the Norwich calendar, don't miss it - more soon
Urban Art Fair (3rd July) and Lord Mayor's Celebrations (2/3 July)
Organised by our indefatigable Norwich City Council events team in the centre of Norwich - free events - see www.norwich.gov.uk
Saturday 25 June Original Projects presents 1 Wow of a time - an artist guided trip to Great Yarmouth - details are in the Art in Norwich booklet and www.artinorwich.org.uk
Maddermarket Theatre new production Return to the Forbidden Planet
22 july-29 July - predicted to be a sell-out so book early
The last show to be directed by Norwich's best-loved theatre director Peter Beck before he sets off on an ambitious plan to produce his own shows, Return to the Forbidden Planet always promises fun and reverse polarity or is it hilarity, I never know. In any case, Peter beck and Stash Kirkbride have had a noticeable transformative effect in the two years that they have had a joint artistic director role but Stash is now concentrating on the Hostry Festival and Total Ensemble whilst Peter is looking to make his mark as a regional and national director based in Norwich - great idea!
New places to eat and drink
North which used to be the King of Hearts Cafe, now taken over by Frank's Bar
Eaton Park Pavilion Cafe - now run by the Bicycle Shop
Brick - a woodfired pizza place just next to the Sir Garnet pub by the market
There's lots on here and lots more to come so I will be back soon with more 'culture' for you, hope that you get to some of these
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Last night I went to the launch of Fierce Light, an exhibition at the East GalleryNUA (at the junction of Bridewell Alley and St Andrew's) which is a collaboration of the Festival, NUA and the Writers' Centre Norwich. It is a combination of images, films and poetry related to the First World War and specially commissioned as the first event of this years' City of Literature Festival and part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival. It is a sensitive and moving exhibition and last night I was lucky enough to go to an event at The Playhouse with two of the poets and one of the film-makers to take about their experiences in tackling the commission. Simon Armitage has overlaid poems on top of aerial images of the terrain of the Somme - the photographs being the starting point for the words. I especially liked Prof Suzie Hanna's animation which illustrate a poem by Bill Manhire, fragments of lines reported back from the trenches which create little glimpses of the feelings of people sent out to their deaths - over 1 million young men from countries all over the world including China and New Zealand Maoris. The event was as much a salutary history lesson as a poetry reading and I recommend the exhibition which runs throughout the Festival till 4 June.
Curator of East Gallery Caroline Fisher says 'From 10 May to 4 June we will be hosting Fierce Light, an exhibition of new poetry and film commissions commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the defining moments of mechanised, trench warfare of World War I. The works on show have been commissioned by the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Writers’ Centre Norwich and 14-18 NOW, the body responsible for commissions such as Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in 2014 and its subsequent tour. NUA has also played a key role in supporting and facilitating the exhibition.
Fierce Light will feature new works by five poets and five film makers who have been asked to respond to the Battle of the Somme using narrative forms in their broadest sense. We anticipate that this will be a poignant and moving installation where the film makers have responded to the content of the poems, but will have also brought their own unique vision to the works. The films are currently under post-production here at NUA and we are delighted to have played a major part in their production and be presenting them at East GalleryNUA.
Alongside the film work will be new visual work by Simon Armitage - a set of photographic pieces overlaid with Armitage’s new poems, version of excerpts from Virgil’s work The Georgics, originally written in around 29BC.
During this exhibition our opening hours have been extended the Gallery will be open 12noon to 7pm Tuesday to Saturday - the perfect opportunity to take in the exhibition after work and before going to one of the Festival’s many evening entertainments!
We are also delighted that Sam Ruddock of Writers’ Centre Norwich will give a brief lunchtime introduction to the exhibition on Friday 3 June at 1.30pm. Admission is free - just turn up.
At 10pm at The Forum I watched an interesting aerial performance called Flat . A single performer (Rodrigo Pardo), suspended on an aerial harness in front of the Forum building, lived out a day and night in his life, on a blank white backgroup with block shapes which were transformed into features of his home (table, sink, cooker, loo) and a bed by video projections. In particular a dream sequence made it easy to forget that he was moving around a vertical surface in a 30 minute show which messes with your sense of reality. It is on again at 10pm tonight and is free. So pack a jacket and go. If you get there early, there are deckchairs. i found it easy to get a good view
Details of all Festival events www.nnfestival.org.uk
Art exhibition openings
Just launched in the Undercroft there is a new exhibition of artists' collective Stray from Cambridge with a show called 'Beneath The Surface' curated by Norwich artist Gena Ivanov - varied work with some interesting pieces. I especially liked the neon art by Susie Olczak and Sue Shepherd.
And the Fairhurst Gallery in Bedford Street also launched their new show with Holly Scholfield on Thursday
- in fact if you pick up an Art in Norwich booklet you will see that there are a number of shows opening this week including Mandells Gallery in Elm Hill with Garry Raymond Periera, Greenhouse Gallery Inundation and Norwich Arts Centre with
an exhibition by Lone Twin Gary Winters - you can get a hard copy of the booklet in the TIC or Theatre Royal and all round town
or download a pdf from the websitewww.artinnorwich.org.uk
Tonight I am going to see The Tempest at The Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth - the Hippodrome is one of the only circus venues in Europe which can still be filled with water, yes, real water and the play has been directed by NNFestival Director William Galinsky . There are lots of performances of this so I will let you know what I think but I strongly recommend that you get a ticket and go - it will be an experience without a doubt.
On Sunday is the Story Machine, a very special, event, which I am really looking forward to. I did want to go and see the James Plays which is a full day in three parts about the Kings of Scotland, all day and evening either on Saturday or Sunday, which I think would be fascinating but I couldn't fit everything in - if you like historical/political plays then I think the experience will be well worthwhile so instead I am going to:
Step into The Story Machine …
Produced by Writers’ Centre Norwich, for Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2016
Sunday 15 May
Tickets £15 (under 25s £7.50)
12.30 - 15.30 * almost sold out and 19.30 - 22.30
This Sunday embark on a journey through the garden, cellars, halls and hideaways of 15th century Dragon Hall, as eighteen stories unfold around you. Pick and choose your pathway through live-performances, video installations and soundscapes, making time for a literary themed cocktail or two. Literature meets immersive theatre in an unforgettable three-hour adventure.
Jump in a Honda Jazz with Jon McGregor (‘One of the top ten writers to see live’ - The Guardian) as he tells tales to those huddled in the back seat, be inspired by Claudia Rankine’s video essays illuminating the medieval walls and listen to the voice of Etgar Keret whisper in the Saxon cellars. These and many more stories will stimulate your senses - even the delicious street food comes with your choice of origami story.
So pick up a Red Lotus cocktail - lychee liqueur, vodka, cranberry and fresh lime - and let yourself be carried away by stories at every turn.
Book your tickets: www.nnfestival.org.uk/festival/city_of_literature/the-story-machine
Booking hotline: 01603 766400
Lots more coming along and I will let you know what is good to pick up on as we go through the Festival
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Marion Catlin, principal creative consultant for The Shift with extensive experience in cultural development and design for the arts, heritage and culture sectors