Photo gallery: Crowds wowed by Norfolk and Norwich Festival finale

It's Your Festival - Norwich community choir. Photo: Bill Smith It's Your Festival - Norwich community choir. Photo: Bill Smith

Sunday, May 25, 2014
9:59 PM

A colourful night-time spectacle about the importance of home and an array of performances across the city from talented home-grown acts helped to bring the curtain down on another spectacular Norfolk and Norwich Festival this weekend.

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It's Your Festival - Anam Cara Dance. Photo: Bill SmithIt's Your Festival - Anam Cara Dance. Photo: Bill Smith

Safe House - which took place at St James Development Site in Norwich - saw a mysterious 12 metre high house spring up as the stage for the show by Metro-Boulot-Dodo last night.

Incorporating impressive aerial feats and vast colourful projections, the show looked at what home means to us at different points in our life, and it told the story of the relationship between a mother and son and their home.

Norwich took centre stage at both the beginning and end, with the opening of the show taking the audience on a film tour of our fine city and the final moments of the performance featuring projections of photos of about 100 people living in Norwich.

The performance by the award-winning Metro-Boulot-Dodo, part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s free outdoor programme sponsored by Lafarge Tarmac, provided a breathtaking finale to the last Saturday of the festival which finishes today with a first - It’s Your Festival.

NNF14 - Safe House at St James Development Site, Norwich. Photo: Mark Wernham.NNF14 - Safe House at St James Development Site, Norwich. Photo: Mark Wernham.

Talented performers from across Norfolk were celebrated during the closing event of this year’s festival which saw music, circus, theatre and more fill Norwich’s historic streets.

It’s Your Festival invited local acts to take to five stages dotted around Norwich, including the Adnams Spiegeltent, as part of a packed programme which started at 11am and will end at 6pm.

As well as the Spiegeltent there was also an array of different performances on the Bandstand in Chapelfield Gardens, outside The Forum, along Gentleman’s Walk, and on St Gregory’s Green in Norwich Lanes.

About 45 acts - involving in total more than 450 performers - were set to take part in the day-long event that was made possible by the Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) and supported by Norwich Evening News and Mustard.

NNF14 - Safe House at St James Development Site, Norwich. Photo: Mark Wernham.NNF14 - Safe House at St James Development Site, Norwich. Photo: Mark Wernham.

Clare Lovell, head of operations at Norfolk and Norwich Festival, said: “It’s the first time the festival has done this. We really wanted to have an opportunity for performers in the area to have a chance to own a day of the festival and perform themselves in a number of spaces where the events are free and people can attend for as much or little time as they want.”

Jayne Leeds, from Thorpe Road, Norwich, who was one of those watching the Norwich Community Choir performing outside the Forum yesterday as part of It’s Your Festival, said: “I think it’s a great chance for everyone to perform and express themselves. I think it’s lovely.”

Alan Moll, 61, from Easton, who was also watching, said he “liked the idea” that local home-grown talent got a chance to express themselves and said it was a “wonderful idea”.

• For more festival stories and reviews visit www.edp24.co.uk/what-s-on/norfolk-and-norwich-festival

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