The Norwich Body Art Festival returns for its seventh year

Artist Josh Fisher from Factotum in Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Artist Josh Fisher from Factotum in Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

A festival coming to Norwich is sure to be a break from the normal calendar of summer events.

Hair art at the 2nd Norwich Body Art Festival. Photo: Denise Bradley

Hair art at the 2nd Norwich Body Art Festival. Photo: Denise Bradley - Credit: �Archant Photographic 2010

The Norwich Body Art Festival is returning for its seventh year after taking a lieu year in 2016.

On Saturday August 19 and Sunday August 20, Open on Bank Plain will become home to more than 75 tattoo artists who will be heading to the Fine City.

Among the artists this year is internationally recognised tattooist known as the 'Dotfather', Xed LeHead.

The 2015 festival was bittersweet for Mr LeHead as he had developed a medical condition that has caused partial loss of movement in his arms and legs.

Tattoo artist at work at the Norwich Body Art Festival. Photo: Denise Bradley

Tattoo artist at work at the Norwich Body Art Festival. Photo: Denise Bradley - Credit: �Archant Photographic 2010


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In support of the artist the festival put on a special exhibition to sell his artwork.

He has since regained some control in his arms and has begun tattooing again.

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This year's festival will also see the first seminar by renowned UK based artist Hanumantra titled 'Beyond the Black', a presentational exclusive to tattoo artists.

The rest of the festival is open to the public with a range of entertainment across the two days.

Local bands like Das Fenster, the Alibis and Chapter of Wolves will be performing with bands from across the country also attending.

The alternative weekend will continue to celebrate all things weird and wonderful with displays of extreme performances.

Sword balancing, fire eating, body burning and a traditional performance of burlesque strip-tease dancing from national performers Lena Mae and Natalya Umanska with add to the weekends entertainment.

There is a range of stalls including homewares, accessories, jewellery, clothing and art from the region's most creative independents.

The event, co-founded by Emma Garwood, Gema King and Kevin Maddams, is expected to bring in an estimated £70,000 to the city over the course of the event. Tickets are available on the door for £12 for adults, and £5 for children.

For ticket details and all the latest info, go to www.norwichbodyartfestival.co.uk or Norwich Body Art Festival on Facebook.

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