I hope that you have all had a great Bank Holiday weekend. The weather was pretty good in Norwich so I had some time off. But it's back to work with a vengeance now as the Norfolk and Norwich Festival starts this week on Friday, with Snarky Puppy and there are a number of other things happening the same night. Look out for free events especially the People's Tower on Saturday on Millennium Plain outside the Forum - in the next few days people will be assembling cardboard boxes in preparation for building a cardboard replica of St Peter Mancroft Church - here's the details.....
Saturday 10 May throughout the day OUTSIDE THE FORUM
In the days leading up to the Festival, people of all ages will come together to build hundreds of cardboard box bricks.
On Saturday morning construction begins; French Artist Olivier Grossetête is the architect as these community builders work together, igniting imaginations and reminiscing on the childhood wonder of playing with an empty cardboard box. The structure slowly becomes a spectacle to behold as a sky-scraping tower emerges, creating a magnificent cardboard reflection of St Peter Mancroft Church.
FROM 10am: COME AND WATCH AS THE GIANT STRUCTURE IS BUILT
FROM 3pm: MARVEL AT THE FINISHED RESULT
6pm: DELIGHT AS THIS CARDBOARD MONUMENT COMES TOPPLING TO THE GROUND
write2screen briefing with the Creative England talent team
On Friday 9 May 12-1pm, Celine Haddad from Creative England's talent team is holding an open conversation and briefing hosted by write2screen network for writers and film-makers for details check the websitewww.write2screen.org.uk.
What Next? is a new weekly meetup inviting people to come and join the 'conversation' about the future of arts and culture, and how we can work together to build up evidence and arguments for the value of culture in improving quality of life, health and well-being and also inspiration for ambition and employment. Starting as a movement in London following the successful Olympics in 2012, cultural leaders decided that they need to fight the corner forculture to bring some funding back this way. Now there are What Next? chapters all over the country including one that meets in Norwich every Wednesday 1-2pm. If you would like more details or to come along please firstname.lastname@example.org - all welcome
Five in Focus –
Celebrating photography in our region
Wex Photographic have curated a photographic exhibition at Anteros Arts, with a preview on Friday 9 May then open Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm until 13 June
Anteros Arts Foundation – Main Gallery
7 – 15 Fye Bridge Street,
Norwich, NR3 1LJ
Norwich Film Festival starts today and runs till 13 May Lots of new and interesting film events including shorts.
DandiFest continues until 10 May at St Margaret's Church St Benedicts
And the Norwich Flea Market has its last fair of the season at St Andrew's Hall on Saturday 10th too
From Norwich 20 Group
Firstly a reminder that their life workshop is back, running weekly from Thursday 1 May,
7.30pm at the Riverside Studio, Wensum Lodge in King Street - a good idea to arrive a little before the start time to get a place and set up.
Also there are talks at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell: The next one is
Friday 16 May, About the life drawing workshop, by Linda Chapman, N20G Chairman 2014
A brief account of the history and purpose of the life drawing workshop which has existed on a drop-in basis for 40 weeks of the year, every year, without interruption for the last 30 years.
Open to all there are 30 places are available for each talk, with tickets at £2.60. It is suggested that you book your seat by phone on 01603 629127, or you are welcome to come along on the day - subject to space.
‘Invisible Fabrick’ is a month-long project in Norwich with artists, writers and critics which looks at the relationships between history, text and land.
Circling themes visited by Thomas de Quincey and Sir Thomas Browne, it includes film screenings, a symposium with Adam Chodzko, Patrick Coyle,Owen Hatherley and others; and a new commission by artists Jessica Warboys & Morten Norbye Halvorsen—as well as the launch of a new book.
Read an overview and find out more
There's an associated symposium and book launch on Friday 16 May at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
'The Palimpsest' symposium
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 1 - 6 pm
A unique symposium about erasure, recurrence, myth and the writing of history, with artists Adam Chodzko and Patrick Coyle; Dr Claire Preston (Queen Mary University of London) editor of the forthcoming complete works of Sir Thomas Browne; Dr Sarah Dillon (University of Cambridge), author of 'The Palimpsest'; and architecture writer and critic Owen Hatherley. Tickets £10 / £6; includes refreshments.
Part of 'Invisible Fabrick'. See the Promontories website for more information.
Paint Out Norwich - opportunity for artists
The Hostry Festival, which runs in the autumn, is inviting submissions for their exhibition Paint Out Norwich - with a submissions deadline of 1 September. There's £1,000 prize money, and two week exhibition at The Hostry for all the selected 20 artists.
Full details are here
1st Norwich Art Car Boot Fair
Submissions for the Art Car Boot Fair on Sunday June 15th at Redwell Brewery are now closed, thanks to all those that sent in. We had lots of really great submissions to choose from but sadly we can't fit them all in. However, the good news is that it will be a fantastic day with art to buy, activities to try, exceptional music including The Vagaband and food and beer. All we have to hope for is brilliant weather too so put it in your diary now - and don't forget - plan to walk, cycle, bus or park elsewhere as there isn't space to park onsit
Norwich-based SecondSide Theatre Company presents
I saw SecondSide's last production Blackout at the Garage in March as part of their Curtain Up! series - it was amazing so I am really looking forward to seeing this new show
Love Steals Us From Loneliness is the regional premiere of a new play based on the high rate of teenage suicides in Great Yarmouth. The play tours local theatres in the Norfolk area for a limited 3 night run from Friday, 9th May 2014.
It's a show more suitable for those 14
plus as the performance contains language and themes that are aimed at an adult audience
Love Steals Us From Loneliness is directed by SecondSide's
Ade Slack. It goes beyond the headlines and examines the issues that surround adolescence – impulsiveness, uncertainty, extremes of emotion, loss and how we deal with it, longing, boredom, guilt, exuberance and denial.
The play follows a group of teenagers from Great Yarmouth, including Scott (Nick Fretwell) and Catrin (Cora O’Connell), as they drink together, explore their sexual identity and contemplate their future. Then one night, everything changes, and we see how the events of adolescence irreversibly shape our adult lives.
The cast is headed by Leanne Cork, a lecturer in performing arts at City College Norwich and Murray Davies. They are joined by a group of new actors from the Norfolk area, including Nick Fretwell, Cora O’Connell and Poppy Stevens, who has recently been accepted into East 15 Drama School.
Ade Slack – Director
“The play was originally performed by the National Theatre of Wales and was viewed as a play about the high suicide rate of teenagers in Bridgend. When I first read the script I was intrigued by its mix of humour, pathos and realism in the face of tragedy. I realised that the themes of the play weren’t unique to a particular place but were more belonging to a generation of young people who lives are lived out 24/7.
Gary Owen - Playwright (recalled his own teenage years penning the drama.)
“The thing I remembered about being a teenager was that your emotions were overwhelming.
You break up with someone and it feels like the end of the world – five years later you go, I can’t believe I went out with that person and was so upset. Then 10 years later you are good friends with them. I wanted to write about how overwhelming things feel and how life takes you in a direction you can’t intercept while young.”
Lead actor Cora O’Connell said
“The play starts with a regular night out friends, alcohol, a rubbish club, a strop - the usual. But tonight is different. Tonight will change things forever”
Friday 9th May
The Garage Norwich
Friday 16th May
Sheringham Little Theatre
Saturday 17th May 2014
The Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the Sea
That's all for now folks, back again soon with more cultural news and updates, and reviews and previews of Festival shows as I have lots of tickets for the next few weeks - don't miss it yourself