Fashion and music take the Young Norfolk Arts Festival spotlight

Rehearsing for the Norwich School Fashion Show at Open. Photo: Bill Smith

Rehearsing for the Norwich School Fashion Show at Open. Photo: Bill Smith

Fashion, music and dance have been entertaining the crowds at a special festival celebrating the talents of Norfolk's young people.

Rehearsing for the Norwich School Fashion Show at Open. Photo: Bill Smith

Rehearsing for the Norwich School Fashion Show at Open. Photo: Bill Smith

The latest looks took centre stage at the Norwich School Fashion Show at Open in Norwich last night, and the show is among the Young Norfolk Arts Festival events that are part of the 2014 Lord Mayor's Celebration festivities.

'It was an evening full of fashion, dance, music and fun,' said Norwich School pupil Alice Cary, 17, who organised the show with fellow pupil Louise Roberts, also 17.

Some of Alice's own fashion designs featured on the catwalk as well as eco-themed designs by Norwich School's Green Group, and clothes from stores including Jarrold, Vanilla, Dogfish, Catfish, and Elements.

About 35 pupils were models with many more involved in the dance and performance numbers and also backstage.


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Louise said alongside the fashion there were performances by acts including bands Ard To Please, Rock Group, Give Us A Tenor, Evie Hilyer and Joe Gibbings, and the Norwich School Victories cheerleading squad.

The fashion show was raising funds for BUILD, a Norfolk-based charity that offers learning, leisure and social activities to young disabled people, and Norwich School pupils had also created T-shirts to sell on the night to raise funds for BUILD.

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The models make-up was done by Jarrold and hair by Salon 66.

Meanwhile on Wednesday four young indie bands from Norwich played a Norwich Sound+Vision Live Showcase gig at Epic Studios as part of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival.

The Mondegreens, Amazon Blu, In Memorium and Vanilla Fuzz are all involved with Norwich Sound+Vision's Accelerator band development programme for 13 to 18 year olds, and the music acts wowed the crowds on Wednesday with their original songs.

The Young Norfolk Arts Festival, in association with Eastern Daily Press, runs until Sunday. For more information on festival events, visit www.ynaf.org.uk

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