Norwich Fringe Festival line-up

Keiron PimA host of comedy, drama and music events will take place in Norwich in May with the relaunch of the city's Fringe Festival. The Fringe will run from May 1 to May 16, alongside the main Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and the aim is to showcase the best in local popular culture.Keiron Pim

A host of comedy, drama and music events will take place in Norwich in May with the relaunch of the city's Fringe Festival.

The Fringe will run from May 1 to May 16, alongside the main Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and the aim is to showcase the best in local popular culture.

Acts confirmed so far include performance poet Luke Wright, 'Next Big Thing' winner Ed Sheeran and local indie band Bambi Get Over It, and the new committee promises that there are plenty more to come.

Organiser Amy Wragg said: 'After a year in the cupboard, the Fringe is springing back into action but with new people, a new style and a new time.

'Lots of things are still the same, though - city-wide opportunities for cutting-edge artists and performers, quirky venues offering a platform to new, exciting, innovative work that brings a smile to the faces of the Norwich public, and an inclusive and street-level atmosphere, just like the old-style Fringe.

'The original Fringe team are still in the background, helping where they're needed and cheering the new guys on.'

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Luke Wright, a founder member of acclaimed poetry collective Aisle 16, will debut his new show 'The Petty Concerns of Luke Wright' at The Kitchen on St Benedict's Street on May 11. Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will perform at St Gregory's Centre for the Arts on Pottergate on May 1. The festival will end with the 'Pining for Pride' event at Norwich Arts Centre on May 16, where Bambi Get Over It will be among the performers at an evening of live music, comedy and DJing.

The Norwich Fringe Festival previously ran from 1998 to 2007. Miss Wragg said that the revived festival promises to continue its tradition of displaying local talent.

For more information see www.norwichfringefestival.co.uk or email Miss Wragg at getonthesoapbox@hotmail.co.uk