Young Norfolk Arts Festival gets set to join in Lord Mayor’s Celebration fun

Emerging artists showcase at Holkham Hall as part of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival. Some of the young performers from the Holkham event will be performing at the Lord Mayor's Celebration. Picture: Ian Burt Emerging artists showcase at Holkham Hall as part of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival. Some of the young performers from the Holkham event will be performing at the Lord Mayor's Celebration. Picture: Ian Burt

Friday, July 4, 2014
12:00 PM

The Young Norfolk Arts Festival is this weekend joining in with the city’s civic celebrations and presenting a number of events for the Lord Mayor’s Celebration.

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Among the YNAF highlights is a performance of a colourful 20-minute show called the ‘Oss and the Ox at Theatre Street on Saturday at 2pm and 3.30pm.

The show - brought to Norwich in partnership with Norwich Arts Centre and NORCA - is described as a lively, processional street performance project bringing together the Ox (the Bumba meu Boi) from Brazil and the ‘Oss (the Hobby Horse) from England. Among the cast are pupils from George White Junior School and Norwich School Lower School, and the young performers spent Friday rehearsing at Norwich School in preparation for Saturday’s show.

The director Kate Flatt, who is working with music director Adriano Adewale, said: “The horse will come from Rampant Horse Street with a procession of children, drummers and a Morris Dancer and the ox will come from Chapelfield Gardens with an entourage of children, drummers and a Brazilian dancer, and they meet up in Theatre Street.

“It is folk dance mixed with street spectacle. Nearly 40 children are involved and we have been working with them all week to prepare them for the show.”

Norwich School will also be taking to The Forum Stage to entertain the crowds at 1.30pm with a selection of dance performances and cheerleading sequences.

Then at 2.45pm on Saturday, and also repeated later the same day at 8.15pm, members of The Garage Emerging Artists Academy will be presenting a show-stopping spectacle.

Carrie Mansfield, from The Garage, said: “Dancers, singers and musicians from The Garage have been collaborating to bring you a fusion of performance art in this highly energetic, Moulin Rouge themed show. The hour-long show is part of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival and includes a guest performance from Marlene’s School of Dance.”

The BBC Voices stage at Chapelfield Gardens’ Bandstand will also be showcasing emerging new music acts on Saturday from 3pm until 10pm and on Sunday from 12.30pm until 6.30pm.

The Look Up digital arts trail, being presented by Norwich Arts Centre and YNAF, will also be giving people a chance to follow a trail that gives a different perspective on the city by asking people to pause and look up. For more about the trail visit www.norwichartscentre.co.uk/lookup

• The Young Norfolk Arts Festival, in association with the Eastern Daily Press, runs until Sunday. For more about YNAF events visit www.ynaf.org.uk

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