What’s on at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival is all set to take the county by storm again this year as the programme of activities is more exciting and diverse than ever.

For 17 days throughout May, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival transforms the county. Public spaces, city streets, venues, parks, forests, beaches are transformed into brilliant performance platforms.

The aim of the festival is to bring together some truly innovative and inspirational artists from across all mediums. This arts festival presents the region with a wold-class programme of music, theatre, literature, visual arts, circus, dance and free-to-attend outdoor events.

A snap shot of the festival

The full event listing can be found here, but among some of the highlights are:

Songs of the Sea, Friday 11 May, St Andrews Hall, Norwich

Acclaimed singers Mark Padmore and Christopher Purves join charismatic actor Simon Russell-Beale in a journey across the ocean. They explore the tumultuous power and yet serene tranquillity of the water. The maritime programme features songs by Fauré, Tippett, Brahms and Britten. It is is interspersed with readings of poetry by Thomas Hardy, Christina Rossetti and Emily Dickinson, among others.

Judy Murray, Tuesday 15 May, Norwich Playhouse

Judy Murray is a former international tennis player, Scottish National Coach and mother to tennis champions Andy and Jamie. She is the ultimate role model for believing in yourself and realising your ambition. Her extraordinary Sunday Times bestselling memoir Knowing the Score is an inspirational story of family, ambition and sport against all odds.

International music

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Wednesday 16 May, Norwich Theatre Royal

Ladysmith Black Mambazo are one of the world’s greatest and most distinctive groups. For over fifty years the legendary a cappella male choir have evoked the soul of South Africa with their intricate rhythms and harmonies and powerful, uplifting songs. They shot to global stardom after featuring on Paul Simon’s Graceland album, and have been touring the world ever since.

And Now: Wayfaring, Monday 21-Sunday 27 May, Wells Beach

Wayfaring is a journey of exploration, inspired by the present landscape and ancient routes of the Icknield Way. Along these routes, artists And Now: will create a series of artworks in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty inviting audiences to think about movement and migration; how we arrive at, understand, inhabit, protect and leave a space.

Using local and found materials the artists will craft an installation on Wells Beach which audiences can move through, investigate and contribute to. On the final weekend illumination, music and performance will transform the installation in a rousing celebration.

Felbrigg Park, Norfolk

These are just four of an amazing ensemble of activities for all the family. Be sure to check out what’s on and take advantage of this arts spectacular.

Do speak to us at Rookery Farm Barns if you want further information about the Festival.