A musical picnic, film showcase, and a celebration of books are among the line-up for this year’s Young Norfolk Arts Festival - and organisers are inviting even more ideas from young people across the county.

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Young Norfolk Daily Press

A team of 10 young journalists have been working hard to create the very first Young Norfolk Daily Press which comes out later this month.

Over the past few weeks the young people have been working on the first of two supplements at Prospect House, the EDP’s Norwich office, and have also been posting all the latest festival news on the EDP website.

The first edition of the Young Norfolk Daily Press - a festival preview - will be published in the EDP on Tuesday, March 25. The Daily Press reporters will also be out and about during the festival compiling all the news for a second souvenir supplement which will be in the EDP on Tuesday, July 8.

Steffan Griffiths, Young Norfolk Arts Festival committee chairman, said: “I am absolutely thrilled with how the Young Norfolk Daily Press is working. We have 10 young people from different schools all working together for a shared project. We are delighted with how they are getting on with the job - it’s exactly what the Young Norfolk Arts Festival is all about.”

The Daily Press team are: Charlotte Bonham, Harry Calvert, Beth Cleghorn, Jonathon Coe, Ed Colman, Imogen Crookes, Jamie Honeywood, Hugo Inkson, Ellen Parfitt, and Ellie White.

Visit www.edp24.co.uk/news/young-norfolk-daily-press

The festival, now in its second year and supported by the EDP, is a created for and by young people, and this year’s programme is already promising audiences an exciting mix of entertainment with further events still to be revealed.

Steffan Griffiths, Norwich School head master and the YNAF committee chairman, said: “We are hoping the festival will be even bigger and better this year with more organisations and more venues involved to give more opportunities to young people in the county. We have written a letter of invitation to all the schools in Norfolk to make sure that the opportunities are offered as widely as possible.”

He said there was lots already planned for this year’s festival from June 27 to July 6.

“One art form that we have added is film, and we are working with BBC Voices and Cinema Plus on that,” said Mr Griffiths.

“We are working with Holkham Hall to put on a performance there which The Garage is leading on and we also have a musical picnic planned at Elsing Hall. There are lots of new and exciting ventures as well as events which worked well last year.

“Sistema is doing another concert with a web link-up, this time with musicians in Canada, while the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra concert is in King’s Lynn and the Children’s Book Festival will be taking place in Norwich. There is lots to look forward to.”

There is still time for more events to be added to the programme, and Mr Griffiths said people have until the end of March to get in touch.

• Whether you are a young performer, director, school, arts organisation or venue, you can be a part of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival 2014 from June 27 to July 6. To find out more email enquiries@ynaf.org.uk

• More details about the festival programme and how to book tickets will be available soon at www.ynaf.org.uk

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