Hip hop, bicycle-powered Shakesperean comedy and more in Norwich Arts Centre’s new season of events

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is The Handlebards.
Photo: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is The Handlebards. Photo: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre. - Credit: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre

From a hip hop festival to a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare's As You Like It, there is lots to look forward to in the new season at Norwich Arts Centre.

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is The Mouse Outfit.
Photo: supplied by Norwich Arts Centr

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is The Mouse Outfit. Photo: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre. - Credit: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre

The St Benedict's Street venue has launched its new brochure which outlines a packed programme of events for May and June.

Grace Jackson, front of house and marketing manager, said: 'We always have a mix of events at Norwich Arts Centre and the next couple of months is no different - from live art and groundbreaking theatre to all genres of music. In May, we're pleased to be presenting a brand new hip hop festival, featuring some amazing artists. Our performance programme is also particularly exciting at the moment. There are so many diverse styles there should be something for everyone.'

Hip hop festival No Comply starts on May 4 with Brit-rapper Jehst, meanwhile Akua Naru will perform on May 19 and there will be a hip hop weekend from May 25 to 27 featuring Mercury Music Prize-winner Speech Debelle, nine-piece band The Mouse Outfit, and the duo DJ Format and Abdominal. There will also be a day-long event called Our Voices on May 27 presenting hip hop created by the local community.

Other music in the venue's new programme includes a fusion of jazz, afrobeat and electronica from The Comet Is Coming on May 8, a night of country music with Nashville In The Round on May 23, storytelling songwriter David Ford on June 3 and Japanese noise pop duo Melt Banana on June 6. Malian musician Vieux Farka Touré will perform on June 13, and there are two multi-media music events - Addictive TV: Orchestra of Samples (16 June) and Modulus Quartet (21 June). Moxie, described as an inter-generational dance party for women, will take place on May 13.

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is Speech Debelle.
Photo: supplied by Felix von Nida.

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is Speech Debelle. Photo: supplied by Felix von Nida. - Credit: Felix von Nida


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Performance highlights include Old Trunk Theatre's Fran and Leni, described as a punk tale of two best friends, on May 3, meanwhile independent spoken word record label Nymphs and Thugs will present a night of poetry performance on May 10. Proto Type Theatre Company will present A Machine They're Secretly Building on June 7 and cycle-powered theatre company The Handlebards will perform the Shakespearean comedy As You Like It on June 8.

Visit www.norwichartscentre.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 660352.

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Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is Vieux Farka Tour� .
Photo: supplied by Norwich Arts Cen

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is Vieux Farka Tour� . Photo: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre. - Credit: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is The Comet is Coming.
Photo: supplied by Norwich Arts Ce

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is The Comet is Coming. Photo: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre. - Credit: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is Modulus Quartet.
Photo: Martin Abela.

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is Modulus Quartet. Photo: Martin Abela. - Credit: Martin Abela

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is DJ Format and Abdominal.
Photo: supplied by Norwich Art

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is DJ Format and Abdominal. Photo: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre. - Credit: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is Jehst.
Photo: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre.

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is Jehst. Photo: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre. - Credit: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is Akua Naru.
Photo: Daniel Ziegert,

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is Akua Naru. Photo: Daniel Ziegert, - Credit: Daniel Ziegert

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