Future voices: My highlight from the Norfolk and Norwich Festival

As this year's Norfolk and Norwich Festival went off with a bang (quite literally – lots of fireworks), Sunday, May 25 marked the end of the county's spectacular event.

With various events around Norwich and across the county for all ages, this year's festival has been one of the most exciting times, with lots of great opportunities for young people to celebrate the best of local talent as well as international performers.

One guest at the festival said: 'There has been a great array of performers, acts and shows, bringing passion, vibrancy and inspiration to the city – I wish Norwich was like this all year round!'

One of the highlights for me included the return of the renowned Adnams Spiegeltent to Chapelfield Gardens, with its unique and artistic offerings which have captivated audiences for the past five years.

However, across the world, Spiegeltents (Dutch for 'mirror-tent') have hosted cabaret, music, comedy and circus performances since the late nineteenth century.


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My favourite act I saw in the travelling tent this year was Camille O'Sullivan, an Irish alternative-rock singer. It was a truly inspiring experience, with the atmosphere of the colourful mirrored tent, crowds of people and the incredible show she put on.

She said: 'The Spiegeltent is one of the best places to perform. It's so beautiful.'

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Altogether, my experience of the 2014 N&N Festival was wonderful.

I especially loved the Bohemian-styled attractions and tents. Not to mention the innovative novel performances, shows and artists nurturing and developing talent from around the world, bringing different communities and audiences together from all over the region.

The festival has been a melting pot of inspiration, ideas and entertainment. And I hope this will continue for years to come!

What do you think about arts provision for young people in Norfolk? Email ben.dunne@norfolk.gov.uk

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