Make the most of the final weekend of festival fun

Rear View performance for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Rear View performance for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Arts correspondent Emma Knights reflects on the array of cultural delights this year's Norfolk and Norwich Festival has brought to the city,

The Museum of the Moon during the 2017 Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Photo: Sonya Duncan
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The Museum of the Moon during the 2017 Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Photo: Sonya Duncan . Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

From the moon landing at The Forum to swings popping up around the city taking you into virtual worlds to music and theatre galore, this year's Norfolk and Norwich Festival has treated us to all kinds of great entertainment - and there is still more to come!

The thing I love most about the festival is how for 17 days in May it always brings all manner of bizarre and beautiful acts and events to our city and county, giving everyone the chance to broaden their cultural horizons and have a lot of fun in the process.

The icon of this year's arts extravaganza must most certainly be the Museum of the Moon, artist Luke Jerram's out-of-this-world installation which shone from above inside The Forum during the first week.

It captivated people of all ages and inspired an array of lunar-themed free events for all to enjoy, including the lovely theatre performance It's A Wonderful Moon, George! by Norwich-based Total Ensemble Theatre Company which opened NNF17.

Opening performance at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017. Total Ensemble Theatre Company perform

Opening performance at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017. Total Ensemble Theatre Company performing at the Forum in Norwich. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017


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It also highlighted what a great exhibition spot the interior heights of The Forum is - wouldn't it be brilliant if more major artworks could be hung from on high there, and for that space to become the Norwich equivalent of the Fourth Plinth at London's Trafalgar Square?

Alongside the moon, other NNF17 highlights so far have included everything from the crazy VR Playground swings (be sure to try them if you have not yet had a go!) to jazz star Dee Dee Bridgewater performing at Norwich Theatre Royal to the return of the fun-filled Adnams Spiegeltent to Chapelfield Gardens.

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Among the events still to come is the chance to hop aboard a specially-converted bus for a theatrical journey like no other with IOU's Rear View, meanwhile our fine city's UNESCO City of Literature status is also being celebrated with a three-day festival-within-a-festival led by Writers' Centre Norwich in Chapelfield Gardens.

There are now just three days left to enjoy all the fun of NNF17 - be sure to make the most of it!

Professional dancers at the Ragroof Tea Dance in the Adnams Spiegeltent. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Professional dancers at the Ragroof Tea Dance in the Adnams Spiegeltent. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

For more about Norfolk and Norwich Festival, visit www.nnfestival.org.uk

The launch of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival with the Virtual Reality Playground at Norwich Statio

The launch of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival with the Virtual Reality Playground at Norwich Station. Festival artistic director William Galinsky. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

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