Japan charity concert continues Norwich Fringe Festival fun

The Norwich Fringe Festival continues tonight with a charity music event hoping to raise �5,000 for earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.

Live bands, comedians, poets, beatboxers, magicians and DJs are all on the line-up for Art Love World at the Norwich Arts Centre, all dedicated to helping raise some money for the hundreds of thousands people affected in Asia.

Music acts will include the rock, funk and jazz fusion Solko, the Lou Reed-esque sound of Axel Loughrey, singer-songwriter Gracie Wright, the soulful Jordan Jackson, acoustic duo Cielo and the Norwich Ukulele Society.

They are joined by comedians Tim Clare, Adam Warne, Andy Bennett and Chris Farnell to complete a jam-packed evening at the Arts Centre.

Founder of Art Love World Rich Brown, a Norwich graphic designer, said: 'We got in touch with the Norwich Fringe Festival to get their views and see if we could incorporate Art Love World into the Fringe's calendar. By the next day we had a venue and since then the idea has literally escalated overnight into something larger than I could have imagined.

'I made contact with a few artists I knew to get them on board, who all said they would like to be involved given the nature of the cause. From there, through word of mouth recommendations and networking the list of artists has just grown to over 18 acts from a variety of different genres. It really has been a great experience getting this amazing group of people together.'

Find out more, buy merchandise and donate at www.artloveworld.com

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Meanwhile there is plenty of other events going on all over the city during the Fringe Festival's middle weekend.

The 16 consecutive nights of comedy at Take 5 on Tombland continue with folk-punk musical Robert Kett The Musical and comedian Patrick Lappin on tonight followed by former wrestler and now stand-up comedian Wil Hodgson's Punkanory show tomorrow night.

Other highlights include reggae group Jah Youth Sound playing alongside Norwich's Free King Sound (�6 entry) at Knowhere on Queens Street on Saturday night and burlesque show Varietease (�15) at The Assembly House on Rampant Horse Street, also on Saturday night.

Organiser Matt Colley is looking forward to another busy weekend, saying: 'The comedy programme at Take 5 continues with Wil Hodgson on Saturday night and Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre earlier in the night, which looks quite interesting.

'Another thing which I think will be fantastic is the Big Busk all around the city centre tomorrow, which should be very difficult for people to avoid because it will be dozens of musicians making a happy racket.'

Find out more about this weekend's events at www.norwichfringefestival.com

Are you organising a big event in Norwich? Contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or email david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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