Curtain set to go up on new Norfolk arts festival for youngsters

Dancers, puppeteers and actors prepare for the Young Norfolk arts festival at Norwich School. Photo

Dancers, puppeteers and actors prepare for the Young Norfolk arts festival at Norwich School. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant © 2013

The curtain is to go up next month on a new arts festival especially for children and young people.

The Young Norfolk Arts Festival 2013, which is supported by the EDP, will see an array of organisations work together to provide a stage on which Norfolk's young people can showcase their talents in all things cultural.

Concerts, art exhibitions, a fashion show and Shakespeare production are among the events included in a festival programme which starts on June 28 and runs until July 7.

Steffan Griffiths, headmaster of Norwich School and Young Norfolk Arts Festival Committee chairman, said they had chosen to hold the festival in the early summer to give young people a chance to enjoy the arts when all their hard work studying for exams was over.

He said: 'We all believe the Young Norfolk Arts Festival is set for an exciting start and we hope people will join us at as many events as they can.

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'We know they will be amazed at what they discover and how many talented young people we have in this county.'

He added: 'There are exciting ventures in dance, drama, art, design, music and creative writing, so we are hopeful that there will be something for everyone.'

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Among the highlights are a concert by music group Sistema in which the Norwich group will simultaneously perform alongside a Sistema group from Liverpool via a live web-stream, the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra's summer concert, a Shakespeare play in Norwich Cathedral's cloister and an art exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts featuring work from primary and secondary schools across the county.

There will also be free performances and taster events at the Garage, a live showcase for young bands organised by Norwich Sound and Vision and the second Norfolk Children's Book Festival.

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival Bridge, which is funded by Arts Council England to connect children and young people with art and culture, is supporting the inaugural Young Norfolk Arts Festival.

Among the organisations developing events for Young Norfolk Arts Festival are Epic Studios, The Garage, Norfolk County Music Service, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich School, Norwich Sound and Vision, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Sistema in Norwich and Writers' Centre Norwich.

The Young Norfolk Arts Festival is from Friday, June 28 until Sunday, July 7.

For more about the festival visit, e-mail, or call 01603 728469.

Organisations still have a chance to put on an event as part of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival –Norwich Puppet Theatre is available to be booked for events on Thursday, July 4, Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6. For more information email



Norwich Sound and Vision: Live Showcase – featuring The Rumble, Ask Lydia, Mexico and The Crates. June 30, 5-9pm. Epic, Magdalen Street. Tickets £3. Box office, 01603 727727.

Norwich School's Deveson Music Concert. July 1, 1pm. Assembly House. Free and unticketed.

Norfolk Symphonic Wind Band with the Norfolk Schools Wind Band. July 1, 7pm. Norwich Citadel, St Giles Street. Free and unticketed.

Norwich School Chapel Choir Late Night Service, July 1, 10pm. Norwich Cathedral. Free and unticketed.

Norfolk County Strings concert. July 3, 7pm. Assembly House, Norwich. Free and unticketed.

Sistema in Norwich Martineau Orchestra with In Harmony Liverpool and Lambeth. July 5, 7.30pm. Epic. Free entry but donations welcome. Book tickets at

Kit Downes and Friends – international jazz artists and former Norwich School pupils Kit Downes and George Crowley perform along with Norwich School's Senior Jazz Band and Finlay McEwen. July 7, 7.30pm. Epic. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions). Box office, 01603 727727.

Norfolk County Youth Orchestra. July 7, 7pm. St Andrew's Hall. Free and unticketed.

Other performances and art events:

Norwich School Gala Night of Magical Dreams – includes a Les Miserables medley and music from the First Orchestra (the Gateway Players). June 28, 7.30pm. Norwich Theatre Royal. Tickets £5.50-£14 (£2.50 to Norwich School pupils). Box office, 01603 630000.

Norwich School Design Shows – short film in collaboration with Norwich University of the Arts (July 2 to 15, 10am-5pm, Norwich School Crypt), poetry book and graphic illustrations (July 2 to 15, 10am-5pm, Norwich School Crypt), and newspaper and graphic illustrations (July 1 to 4, 4pm-6pm, Norwich School Design Department). All three shows free and unticketed.

Norfolk Schools Landscape Art Exhibition – work created by Norfolk pupils in response to the county's landscapes. July 2 to 14. Monday to Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm. Sunday midday-3pm. Norwich Cathedral Hostry. Free and unticketed.

Free dance workshops – street dance July 2, 6pm-7pm; breakdance July 4, 5.30pm-6.30pm; contemporary dance July 4, 7.45pm-8.45pm. The Garage, Chapel Field North. To book a free place visit or call 01603 283382

NORCA Young Promoters Night – details to be confirmed. July 3. Norwich Puppet Theatre. Visit

Charity Fashion Show – supporting children's charity Break's GoGoGorillas! project and featuring Norwich School Jazz Band and Senior Concert Band. July 4, 7.30pm. Open, Bank Plain. Tickets £5 (concessions £3). Box office and 01603 728469.

Friends of Norwich School Summer Fair. July 6, midday-5pm. Lower Close. Free.

Lord Mayor's Celebrations: The Garage on Stage – a showcase of emerging local young talent. July 6, 2.40pm-3.40pm and 9pm-10pm. The Forum Stage. Free and unticketed. Visit,uk

Theatre and literature events:

Norwich School Shakespeare Play – Much Ado About Nothing. June 30 and July 1, 7pm. Norwich Cathedral cloister. Tickets £7 (£5 concessions, £2.50 for Norwich School pupils). Box office, 01603 630000.

Norwich School 5th form Play – Audience by Michael Frayn. July 1, 5.30pm and July 2, 7.30pm. Norwich Puppet Theatre. Free but booking essential. Box office and 01603 728469.

Norwich School 4th form play - Ernie's Incredible Illucinations and other stories. July 3 and 4, 5.30pm. No. 68, The Close, Norwich. Free but booking essential. Box office and 01603 728469.

Norwich Cathedral Shakespeare Festival – GB Theatre Touring Company perform A Midsummer Night's Dream in the cloister on July 2 and 4 at 7pm, and The Merchant of Venice on July 3 and 5 at 7pm. Tickets £18 (£14 concessions). Box office and 01603 630000.

GB Theatre Company is also leading workshops for schools. For information teachers should email

Norfolk Children's Book Festival – writers Helen Dennis, Craig Simpson, Tim Bowler and Kjartan Poskitt will inspire young people about reading and writing, and poet Molly Naylor will perform interactive readings. July 3, 9.30am-2.45pm. Lower Close Marquee, Norwich School. Free but booking essential. Box office 01603 728469 and

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