There are a couple of events that accompany the current Wonder of Birds exhibition at Norwich Castle. Also last chance to see Inspired by Birds, the Open Art Show which end 31 August. Tickets for events are available from Norwich Castle .
Symphony is a new theatre show, just back from Edinburgh Fringe and heading for The Garage on Saturday 6 September. It kicks off a whole new season of new writing and theatre at The Garage, who also have a new logo to celebrate their 10th birthday with - plus a whole series of celebratory events. More details are below.
And there is a Norwich Hackspace Meetup on Monday 1 September 6pm at the new Mash Tun pub. Details are here and we have worked a deal with the Mash Tun so that Norwich Hackers can get a £1 off a pint of Redwell Hells Craft beer so it's also a great opportunity to sample the beer and the new-look pub (it used to be the Hog in Armour but is now owned by Redwell)
The ever-popular Norwich Print Fair is coming up at St Margaret's Church 8-20 September so lots is going on as usual. More details below
Calling all artists, musicians, performers - anyone who has an idea and would like to do something a bit different.
Norwich Fringe Festival is issuing a last call for submissions.
Calling artists, musicians, performers, writers, comedians or anyone with an idea for something unusual and creative Norwich Fringe Festival is looking for you.
Norwich Fringe dates this year are 11 to 25 October and we need to get going.
Submissions have been open for a few months and we have some great things in store. But we have a few more days before we close the books so if you have something you want to do please get in touch.
We have some lovely venues and spaces:
We have Undercroft beneath the Memorial Gardens for the entire month of October and we can now host performance there as well as visual art. So this will be our base and we aim to programme events and workshops as well as art exhibitions.
The Wharf Academy in Oak Street is another brilliant venue. It's a church with a huge space and a smaller gallery space. It's ideal for theatre performance, readings and mic as well as having wall space for visual art.
And the new Mash Tun which used to be known as the Hog in Armour. It's under new management and owned by Redwell Brewery who are great supporters of the arts.
And The Birdcage, already legendary for their range of arts activities as well as being a great pub.
Franks Bar has also joined the list with an art exhibition space.
As well as these we will be calling on some of our old friends, venues that have hosted The Fringe in the past. So if your idea needs a specific kind if place we can usually find the right venue.
It's a festival of homegrown talent, if you have something to show, please get in touch
To apply, there's a form on the Fringe website www.norwichfringefestival.co.uk. We are asking £10 submission fee to help us pay for marketing materials and tech support as the Fringe is unfunded. If you want to talk about your idea before filling in the form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will let you know at we think so that you can decide whether to apply.
Inspired by Birds: Norwich Castle Open Art Show
Visitors have been snapping up original art work at Inspired by Birds, this year's Open Art Show. The works have been created by artists living and working in East Anglia - and all of it is for sale. To date they have
sold 56 pieces worth over £10,000.
With prices for individual pieces starting from as little as £28, you might like to treat yourself.
Inspired by Birds runs until 31 August.
Norwich Castle presents....
Two special events supporting The Wonder of Birds and Inspired by Birds.
Golden Gobblers: The Turkey in Art and Life - Weds 3 Sept, 5.45 to 8pm. Dr Tom Duncan presents this year's National Art Fund lecture. Price £12.
Why are Birds Wonderful? Sat 6 Sept, 10am to 4.30pm. A study day with writer and environmentalist Mark Cocker, who will lead a panel of expert speakers including Katrina van Grouw, Adrian Marsden, Mike Toms, Francesca Vanke and David Waterhouse. Price £30, Museums Pass £27; includes refreshments and lunch.
For details and to book tickets, telephone 01603 495897.
Happy Birthday to The Garage, Norwich
The Garage Norwich is about to celebrate its 10th birthday and it has changed a lot in that time. It has been known as a venue for young people since the outset, some people saw it as a kind of Fame Academy for kids from North Earlham, Larkman and Marlpit and indeed it was originally funded by NELM as a way of getting young people to come into the bright lights of the city centre to broaden their horizons.
And they did - dance groups proliferated and there were a number of real successes - Passion Productions, a street dance group led by Scott 'Scooby' Atkins started in his aunt's garage and was nurtured by the Garage team. The group is still very busy and productive and are seen everywhere, and Scott has pursued a professional career in dance.
But The Garage is much more than a place for dance workshops. It is a venue and theatre in its own right and each year has season's of programmed shows, specialising in new writing and adventurous theatre which appeals to all audiences, including young people - though it is probably fair to say it is not aimed at those who 'like what they like'. I have been to many shows at The Garage and there have been many surprises in both direction. Normally the shows are about an hour long and it is well worth taking the risk of something that defies easy description - they are normally the most interesting.
New season of theatre at The Garage
Anyway, coming up is a whole new season, kicking off with this show by nabokov who brought BLINK to Norwich last year - a Valentine love story
This year, they have brought Symphony which is at The Garage on Saturday 6 September. This time, the cast are members of a rock band who play as they tell stories about life as they see it. Tickets can be booked at http://www.thegarage.org.uk/symphony-eid533.html and there are 3 for 2 deals and cheaper tickets fro young people. They are also doing some warm-up performances at The fat Cat Brewery Tap (Wednesday 3 September 8pm), St Gregory's Green (Thursday 4 September approx 12.30-2pm) and The Forum (Friday 5 September 12.30-2pm)
SYMPHONY by Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Tom Wells
Theatre meets live gig and stand-up comedy as three of the UK's hottest writers collaborate with Fringe First winning new writing company nabokov to present a hilarious and eclectic mix of stories told through raucous live music and spoken word.
Symphony was first commissioned by Lyric Hammersmith, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, Watford Palace Theatre and Latitude
“Three plays about growing-up, relationships and romance are belted out by an incredibly versatile five piece that not only act their socks off but sing and accompany each other on a variety of instruments.”
"Overflowed with witty heartfelt lyrics and dialogue. A cross between a gig, a musical and a spoken-word event"
Out There Festival, Great Yarmouth, 17-21st September.
The Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth hosts a bumper programme of international circus and street arts this September,
It's always a great few days and if the weather is good you can't beat this east coast extravaganza of outdoor arts.
Circulus presents, in association with the National Centre for Circus Arts
Friday 19 September, 7.30pm. The Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth
Tickets: £10, 01493 844172 / www.hippodromecircus.co.uk
Part of the Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts (17-21 Sep)
Silver Lining sees some of Britain’s freshest, most exciting circus talent come together for a showcase performance at Great Yarmouth’s Hippodrome.
The group, all graduates of the National Centre for Circus Arts in London, features Tom Gaskin, a young man who began his personal circus journey at the historic Great Yarmouth venue, working in various roles including spotlight operator and stage manager before being bitten by the performing bug.
Tom’s old school juggling and silent movie style comedy form one part of a show that sees vibrant young exponents of the Cyr Wheel, hand balancing, aerial hoop and acrobatics showcase their skills.
With artful direction, this tight group skip through a fluid and fast paced series of ingenious sketches that bring to the fore, not only their individual and collective talents, but also their genuine camaraderie.
Brimming with infectious energy, clever humour and music this disparate group of uniquely talented individuals deliver an explosive, feel-good show. Their ambitious artistry carefully packaged in fabulously charming circus show.
You can catch Silver Lining at this year’s Out There Festival on Friday 19 September at 7.30pm at the Hippodrome. Tickets are £10 and are available from the venue on 01493 844172 or online atwww.hippodromecircus.co.uk The Out There Festival runs from Wednesday 17 to Sunday 21 September. Further information: www.outtherefestival.com
I will let you know some more Norwich delights very soon.