Magdalen Street Celebration gears up for another bumper year

Anam Cara belly dancers at a previous year's Magdalen Street celebration. Photo: Bill Smith

Anam Cara belly dancers at a previous year's Magdalen Street celebration. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant © 2012

Fancy dress, musical acts, community art and a big doodle event are just some of the activities billed for tomorrow's fifth Magdalen Street Celebration.

This year's spectacular features four main stages - the Flyover stage, Anglia Square, the Blueberry Music House and Magdalen Gate - and between them there will be performances and things to do for all ages and tastes.

Stefi Barna, from the celebration team, said: 'One of the most exciting things about organising the festival is the amount of enthusiasm for it. So many people with different backgrounds contribute to the celebration so there is something of interest for everyone, and it's all given freely in support of the neighbourhood.'

The Flyover stage gets started at 12.30pm with Japanese-style drummers Taiko Drumming, who are returning to the celebration after popular performances in previous years.

Other performers appearing at the Flyover include Invidia Voices Rock and Soul Choir, Tri Fie R fire jugglers and the Johnny Jump Band.

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There will also be plenty of things for families to get involved with and enjoy.

A children's charity fancy dress tour will start at the Magdalen Gate stage at 11.30am.

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And in Anglia Square there will be puppet-making workshops by the Norwich Puppet Theatre, a performance at noon by the Harmummies choir and stalls, story-telling and face-painting.

The Blueberry Music House stage will start an eclectic afternoon of music at 12.30pm with Moxy Garbanzo's East European Swing and finish with Queen Addi's Jamaican reggae at 4pm.

There will also be free street tours from the Magdalen Gate stage for participants to discover the area's vintage clothes shops, gourmet food and its heritage.

Loose's Emporium will be hosting musical acts while staff dress-up in period costume and other businesses along the street will be celebrating in their own way.

There will also be the Big Free Doodle event at Anglia Square, hosted by the cast of Star Wars - but not quite as you know them.

• If you want to volunteer as a steward for the day email Rufus Lunn, volunteer coordinator, at

• Are you hosting a special event in your community? Contact reporter Donna-Louise Bishop by emailing, ring 016093 693892 or follow @donnaloubihsop on Twitter.

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