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Ten ways to enjoy Norfolk and Norwich Festival for free

PUBLISHED: 15:04 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:35 19 May 2018

Ockham's Razor will be performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Photo: Mark Dawson Photography

Ockham's Razor will be performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Photo: Mark Dawson Photography

Mark Dawson Photography

From a garden party full of weird and wonderful acts to a performance project on a north Norfolk beach, there are lots of free events to enjoy at this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Arts correspondent Emma Knights looks at 10 highlights.

NNF18 - Andy Benfield of Travelling Light Circus, one of the acts that will be at The Garden Party. Photo: Courtesy of Norfolk and Norwich FestivalNNF18 - Andy Benfield of Travelling Light Circus, one of the acts that will be at The Garden Party. Photo: Courtesy of Norfolk and Norwich Festival

• THE GARDEN PARTY

Head to Chapelfield Gardens and be entertained by an array of wonderfully quirky acts for all the family on May 19 and 20.

The Voice Project will perform Timepiece at Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival Picture submittedThe Voice Project will perform Timepiece at Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival Picture submitted

• TIMEPIECE

Enjoy the sublime sounds of The Voice Project with various performances at Norwich Cathedral throughout the day from noon on May 25.

A giant piggy bank has been installed near the Forum for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
Picture: Nick ButcherA giant piggy bank has been installed near the Forum for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Picture: Nick Butcher

• PIG

Visit the huge piggy bank outside The Forum. The artwork is inviting people to donate money and help choose where the savings go.

NNF18 - And Now's Wayfaring preimere at Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Photo: Nick ReadNNF18 - And Now's Wayfaring preimere at Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Photo: Nick Read

• WAYFARING

Help create an installation inspired by journeys from May 21 to 25 at Wells Beach and enjoy a special sunset spectacle on May 25 and 26.

NNF18 - Ben Okri. Photo: Kadija SesayNNF18 - Ben Okri. Photo: Kadija Sesay

• YES, WE CAN!

Take part in a day of debate at Norwich City Council on May 19 and hear a talk by Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Ben Okri on citizenship.

• FREE SPIEGELTENT FUN

Alongside its ticketed events, the iconic venue is hosting some free daytime events. Festival-goers can also enjoy the pop-up bar next door.

• THE SEAFARERS

Watch Stopgap Dance Company present a “part gig, part spectacle” celebrating the sea along Great Yarmouth seafront on May 26 and 27.

• BEASTS

Find the three new sculptures by Lynn Chadwick that have joined the sculpture park at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the UEA.

• NATHAN COLEY

Check out Turner Prize nominee Nathan Coley’s latest work at St Laurence’s Church in Norwich and NUA’s East Gallery from May 15 to July 7.

• THE WOODPECKERS

Go on a city safari and try to spot the robotic woodpeckers that will be popping up on city centre buildings from May 24 to 27.

For further details of all Norfolk and Norwich Festival events, including times, visit www.nnfestival.org.uk

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