Search is on to find animators for Norwich Lord Mayor’s Celebrations

It's less than two weeks until this year's Lord Mayor's Celebrations in Norwich and time is running out for the public to get involved.

Norwich City Council is on the hunt for talented local animators to get their work projected onto the big screen and seen by tens of thousands of people over the weekend of the Lord Mayor's Celebrations (LMC).

As part of the LMC – which runs between Thursday, July 7 and Sunday, July 10 – the big screen on Chapelfield Plain is hosting an animation celebration.

The city council has put the call out for people to submit their work to be a part of it, before next Monday, July 4.

Becky Betts, the BBC's Big Screen producer for Norwich, said: 'It's a fantastic way to showcase the talent and creative flare we have in Norfolk.

'We really want as many people as possible to get an opportunity to show us what they've got, so would urge anyone to get in touch and find out how to take part.' Last year, the animation celebration included content from children who took part in the 'Magimation' workshops held at the Norwich Puppet Theatre, primary school projects, Norfolk community groups, university students and professional animators.

Tutor for the Magimation workshops, Tim Edwards, is encouraging such community groups to also get involved, saying: 'It's fantastic that the children taking part in animation workshops can finally see their work on the big screen, and know that the general public, their family and friends can see their creativity too.'

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Animations will be shown from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, July 9 as part of the LMC in the centre of Norwich. Ms Betts added: 'It really is something that anyone can get involved in. Animations will be showing full screen back to back all day on Saturday, July 9 as part of the Lord Mayor's Celebrations, so there's plenty of time for people to pop along and have a look at what's on the screen.'

If you have animations which you would like to be considered to be shown on the big screen email for more information – before next Monday's deadline.

Are you planning a big event in Norwich? Call reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or email

Keep an eye on the Evening News and its website, for all the best coverage of the celebrations.

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