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The Flavour Parlour cafe at Alby Craft Centre is going to Glastonbury Festival this year. Owner Kirsty Alston with fire hoop performer and Flavor Parlour cafe worker Louise Render. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
By sophie wyllie
Friday, March 22, 2013
Cabaret acts from a quirky north Norfolk coffee house will be showing off their skills at one of Britain’s most popular festivals.
Illustrator Kirsty Alston, 28, runs the Flavour Parlour – part of the Alby Crafts and Gardens complex near Cromer – and will be taking a 23-strong creative team to Glastonbury in Somerset for the first time this June.
Artists will include fire hoop performers and contortionists, pianists and singers and they will be one of the main features of the park area between June 26 and 30.
Miss Alston, from Alby, said: “There will be everything from cabaret to circus acts. Getting involved with something like this is something to be proud of if you are into the creative world and the arts. I am chuffed to get my venue to Glastonbury Festival. It is amazing.”
Her café used to be a traditional teashop but was transformed into an arts and cabaret venue which sells homemade food and afternoon teas.
She was asked to bring a team of performers, some of whom are café staff, to the west country event after organisers spotted her and a group of artists at last year’s Glade Festival at Houghton Hall, near King’s Lynn.
Performances will be in the evening on an ad hoc basis and spectators will have to crawl through willow tunnels to get to the stage.
To watch a Mustard video of Louise Render, known as Tululla the Hula fire hoop performer, visit www.edp24.co.uk