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Norfolk and Norwich Festival 451

From a fiery outdoor spectacle about burning books to a twilight show in the woodland of a Norfolk estate, to fun and frolics in the Adnams Spiegeltent – this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival entertained audiences with a great array of cultural treats.

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Turning up at the Adnams Spiegeltent for a show with my son was an exciting experience in itself. Entertaining a toddler can be hard work, and the thought of some cultural activity in a fabulous venue appealed no end.

The Neutrinos rehearsing for their show Live and Loud at Norwich Arts Centre. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A session in an abandoned radio station in former East Berlin kick started an extremely creative period for Norfolk band The Neutrinos and their collaborators, including artist Sal Pittman.

Norfolk and Norwich Festival 451

Drones sweep overhead, orders are barked from speakers, and fires burn all around: so opens the ambitious, dystopian finale of this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

NNF15: Hofesh Shechter Company - Political Mother. Photo: Gabrielle Zucca.

Part dance show, part rock gig, Hofesh Shechter Company’s show Political Mother is a fast-paced spectacle that is said to be a dance experience like no other. Arts correspondent Emma Knights finds out more.

Holt Festival 2015 acts - Puppini Sisters

Risqué cabaret, a new theatre production, top London comedians, poetry, and flamenco are among the acts appearing in this summer’s Holt Festival.

The Measure of All Things. Photo: Pierre Borasci

Life is measured in many ways: money, family, legacies left behind, even Elliot’s coffee spoons. But for film maker Sam Green the main measure is Guinness – or more precisely, the book of records to which the black stuff gave its name.

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2015 Ns at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY.

The combination of a lead trombone with alto sax backed by a three piece rhythm section worked superbly in the Spiegeltent at the festival. Mathew Herd has a remarkable bright tone on his alto and this merged unexpectedly well with the very mellow trombone of Tom Green. Sometimes on the head these two played in harmony and in the opening chorus sometimes in counterpoint. This makes them sound like a very big small band.

NNF15. Festival finale 451. Photo: Ray Gibson.

A free night-time spectacle about a world where books are banned and burned is set to take to the stage in Norwich tomorrow.

Abdullah Ibrahim. Picture: David Sinclair.

Few of us will have ever been disappointed by performances that our Theatre Royal puts on.

NNF15. Wild Life. Pictured are (left to right) Allouise Marie Moss, Aphra McSherry-Birley, Sophie Mahon, Kate Maguire Buck. Photo: JMA Photography.

Young singer-songwriters from across Norfolk have been giving a sneak preview of a brand new show that they are creating for next year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2015 Ns at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY.

Tuesday’s recital in the Royal Academy series was given by Alexandra Vaduva, a gifted young pianist from Romania who is studying in London. She opened with Book One of Leos Janacek’s On An Overgrown Path.

NNF15. Tracey Thorn. Photo: Edward Bishop.

The human voice is a powerful musical instrument, capable of breaking hearts - or shattering eardrums - with a single note.

The SMITH dancetheatre company in rehearsal for their show After The Fall for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2015. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY.

SMITH dancetheatre is a Norfolk based company that casts professional and non-professional performers. It’s fantastic to see people of all ages and abilities on stage together, and the backing the company has received from Arts Council England and all the local great and good is a testament to the drive of director Neil Paris.

The Neutrinos rehearsing for their show Live and Loud at Norwich Arts Centre.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich band The Neutrinos is set to completely transform Norwich Arts Centre for a special gig tomorrow.

The Measure of All Things. Photo: Pierre Borasci

Record-breaking feats and a unique take on film awaits tomorrow night’s Norwich Theatre Royal audience. Emma Knights finds out about The Measure Of All Things.

Copacabana showgirls - Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society

Showgirls, feathers, glitz and the pulse of Latin music are the heady cocktail being served up in an annual flagship musical at Cromer pier.

Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2015 volunteers at the Forum, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams.

While audiences are having fun enjoying the Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s colourful mix of shows and events, an army of volunteers is working hard to help make sure everything goes smoothly.

Canzoniere

Canzoniere is a group of Italian performers who are keen to inspire the world with a passion for the traditional music of their country.

NNF15. Caroline Criado-Perez. Photo: Caitlin Mogridge.

Do you remember the woman who campaigned for Elizabeth Fry to remain on five pound notes? The male rage she attracted on Twitter as a result was unbelievable. That person is Caroline Criado-Perez. She’s a feminist, she’s a writer and journalist; and she’s an incredible fund raiser who has attracted thousands of pounds of backing for her projects.

NNF15. Taraf de Haïdouks. Photo: Damien Gard.

The most extraordinary band that many of us may have seen, won rapturous approval at the packed Theatre Royal, on Sunday night. Emotive, exotic or even startling might be words to describe Taraf de Haïdouks, a nine-man band of sublimely skilled musicians.

High rope acrobat, Lauren Herley of the circus company Circa, performs in the Spiegeltent accompanied by violinist Rebecca Seymour, for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2015. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

What Will Have Been seems rather a weighty title for a company of acrobats and aerialists. When the crackly voice of Oppenheimer was heard at the show’s opening – delivering his famous words about the atomic bomb and its lethal capacity – I feared the evening would prove heavy going. But I was wrong. The sheer vitality of Circa’s wonderful performers was as breathtaking as ever.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

As Elijah, John Tomlinson brought Mendelssohn’s oratorio to life. Commanding in voice and manner, he was authoritative in the Old Testament drama and absolute in commitment. Yet this prophet of the Almighty had his humanity too.

NNF15. John Lanchester. Photo: Coll McDonnell.

I have long admired John Lanchester the novelist. Now, after his money talk, he’s impressed as an explainer of complex financial matters.

NNF15. Wolf's Child at Felbrigg Hall. Photo: Steve Tanner.

A wonderful theatrical spell has enchanted the woods of Felbrigg Hall for this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

The SMITH dancetheatre company in rehearsal for their show After The Fall for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2015. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY.

A fallen angel’s banishment from Heaven is the inspiration behind a new theatre production taking to the stage at Norwich Playhouse tomorrow.

NNF15. Bees! The Colony. Photo: Helen Newall.

People of all ages are being invited to join in with one of the festival’s great traditions this weekend - the Garden Party in Norwich’s Chapelfield Gardens.

Artist Richard Dedomenici, 2nd left, with Ben Sheridan, left, as Captain America; James Penny as Thor; and Nick Warburton as Tony Stark; as Richard recreates the scenes in Avengers: Age of Ultron which were filmed at the Sainsbury Centre, as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norfolk has played the background for many movies but what would those films be like if the Hollywood stars were replaced with local people, and the army-like production teams replaced by one man and a slightly battered camcorder?

NNF15. House Gospel Choir. Photo: Morgan Lorelle.

A colourful mix of music, circus, cabaret and more is entertaining audiences in the Adnams Spiegeltent.

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