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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Norfolk performers are being invited to take to the Norfolk and Norwich Festival stage in a special day which is being devoted entirely to celebrating local acts.
A huge cardboard box replica of St Peter Mancroft Church is set to be created outside the Forum in Norwich as one of the opening events of the festival, and people of all ages can take part.
The building of The People’s Tower - sponsored by Lafarge Tarmac - will take place on Saturday, May 10 from 10am until 3pm with French Artist Olivier Grossetête coordinating the community builders. There will also be box-making workshops from Monday, May 5 to Friday, May 9 at 10am-12.30pm and 2.30pm-4pm.
Sarah Witcomb, Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s project manager for participation and engagement, said: “We’re looking for school groups, community groups and others to come to help create the blocks as well as individuals to help build the tower on May 10. It’s a chance to work with the professional festival team on a project with an international artist. You don’t have to have any artistic ability, it’s about coming together as a community to contribute on one of the biggest spectacles of this year’s festival.”
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It’s Your Festival on Sunday, May 25 will see the festival’s Spiegeltent and other performance spaces across the city centre showcase an array of local musicians, dancers, actors, artists and other entertainers.
People can apply now to take part and an open evening is being held on Thursday at The Forum in Norwich for potential It’s Your Festival acts to find out more.
The deadline for applications is March 31 with the It’s Your Festival line-up due to be selected in April.
Lizzie Hall, production administrator for Norfolk and Norwich Festival, said: “Norfolk has such a varied and exciting creative scene and we were really keen to give local people the chance to show off their talent as part of the festival.
“It’s also a great opportunity for people to perform in spaces that are not usually available, such as the Adnams Spiegeltent, and we plan to programme events across the city centre that reflects the acts that apply.
“All art forms and levels of experience are welcome and we are open to pretty much anything - as long as it’s suitable for all ages. There are no auditions, however spaces are limited.” She added: “I hope the day will be lots of fun for audiences and participants and that everyone will come away having discovered something new or feeling inspired!”
It’s Your Festival on Sunday, May 25 is being supported by Norwich Evening News, Mustard TV, and Norwich BID (Business Improvement District).
The Norfolk and Norwich Festival runs from May 9 to 25.
• Acts wanting take part in It’s Your Festival should complete an entry form which is available at www.nnfestival.org.uk/takepart
Application forms should be emailed by March 31 to firstname.lastname@example.org
The It’s Your Festival open evening on Thursday is from 6pm to 8pm at The Forum in Norwich.