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Norfolk & Norwich Festival FESTIVAL IS...Multi-Genre / Multiple Venues / Town / Urban
ATTRACTIONSArt InstallationsKids' FunMarket StallsTheatreWorkshops
ACCOMMODATIONNo on-site accommodation
Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017 runs from 12-28 May across multiple venues.
The programme, which spans music, performance, theatre, visual arts and literature includes world premieres, unique concerts and one-off events, with a number of free outdoor events across the festival.
Norfolk & Norwich Festival is the flagship arts festival for the East of England, with a reputation for innovative and inspirational programming and commissioning.
One of the big four UK international arts festivals, each May the festival transforms and celebrates Norfolk and Norwich through an internationally acclaimed programme of music, theatre, literature, visual arts, circus, dance and outdoor arts.
The festival is enjoyed by around 60,000 people and has been an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation since April 2012. It is one of 10 Bridge Organisations with a mandate to develop arts and cultural opportunities for children and young people in the East of England.
This year’s highlights include:
An extraordinary choral sleepover from The Voice Project: The Arms of Sleep. 40 audience members will be invited to spend the night at the beautiful Assembly House, Norwich, for a brand new, specially written 10 hour choral piece. 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 of Birmingham 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.
New Generation Artists: A new partnership with BBC Radio 3 which allows festival-goers to hear some of the most exciting new classical talent from around the world.
Norfolk & Norwich Festival is funded and supported by Arts Council England, Norwich City Council and the generous support of other sponsors and donors.