City Hall to be turned into a circus hotel for the Lord Mayor’s Celebrations

Lost in Translation Circus performers preparing for the Lord Mayor's Celebrations. Picture : ANTONY

Lost in Translation Circus performers preparing for the Lord Mayor's Celebrations. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

City Hall is to be turned into a big top hotel as Lost in Translation Circus take over the home of Norwich City Council (NCC) for the Lord Mayor's Celebrations.

Lost in Translation Circus performers preparing for the Lord Mayor's Celebrations. Picture : ANTONY

Lost in Translation Circus performers preparing for the Lord Mayor's Celebrations. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

On Friday, July 7, the circus will bring a climatic ending to the first day of the celebrations as the building is transformed with an image of a hotel projected onto it with entertainers abseiling down the walls and performing across the balconies.

Massimiliano Rossetti, Company Director said: 'Last year we gave a little taster but this year we are making it bigger by using the building. It was our concept then we asked the event team here if it was possible and they agreed, so together we are trying to create a collaboration to bring this small spectacle with the side of the building which will become a our hotel.'

The circus is based in Norwich at The Oak, The Lost in Translation Circus centre on Oak Street. Mr Rossetti teaches at the centre and hopes to offer the first Foundation Circus Degree in the east.

'I was adopted by Norwich three years ago, this is the best place I have lived since moving to the UK 13 years ago. We are creating a community and professional environment for the circus. Performing here for me is exciting, and in a good way terrifying.

Lost in Translation Circus performers preparing for the Lord Mayor's Celebrations. Picture : ANTONY

Lost in Translation Circus performers preparing for the Lord Mayor's Celebrations. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017


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'There will be abseiling, an image will be projected, acrobatics will be performed on the floor and we will use the balcony for our Madame. They'll be loads of things and people flying around and doing very strange things.'

The Circus has worked closely with NCC to create the show.

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Helen Selleck, culture and events manager at NCC said: 'We will have three days of mayhem on the streets. We have loads of street activities in city, the weekend is going to be fantastic.

'We'll close the streets in the centre and have stuff on every corner. From the water balloon toss, zip wires to crazy street artists.

Lost in Translation Circus performers preparing for the Lord Mayor's Celebrations. Picture : ANTONY

Lost in Translation Circus performers preparing for the Lord Mayor's Celebrations. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

'Norwich Arts Centre is running the main stage with fantastic bands coming. We have a mix of community groups, professional artists, collaborations and new commissions.'

The Lord Mayor's Celebrations will take place from Friday, July 7 till Sunday July 9.

During which the City Centre will be filled will street performers, music, dancers and stage acts.

Still chance to enter your float in the procession

There is still time for you to take your place in the Lord Mayor's Procession as float entries can still be submitted.

This years theme is 'Once upon a time' and your float entry can relate to the telling of a story, whether it is old or new, fact or fiction.

The Lord Mayor's Procession attracts more than 25,000 people from across the region with 2,000 people taking part.

Helen Selleck, culture and events manager at Norwich City Council said: 'The theme is all about us being a welcoming city because it ties in with freedom of celebrations. We have Art Council funding to do something very interesting at the start. It's going to be very exciting.'

Prizes are on offer for the best floats so the bigger and brighter the better.

The deadline for applications is June 9. For more information and to enter a float go to www.norwich.gov.uk/LMP or email events@norwich.gov.uk.

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