Photo gallery: More Norfolk and Norwich Festival fun this weekend

Norfolk and Norwich Festival artistic director William Galinsky with NNF associate director Patrick

Norfolk and Norwich Festival artistic director William Galinsky with NNF associate director Patrick Dickie(left) and NNF artistic associate Mikey Martins(right).PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: Archant Norfolk

From daring circus feats to an eclectic mix of music to outdoor spectacles full of fun - the Norfolk and Norwich Festival has been entertaining audiences for the last couple of weeks and there's more to come this weekend.

NNF artistic director William Galinsky said he has been delighted by the response to this year's festival and that he hopes people will enjoy the final festival weekend.

'We've had a great response to the shows, great audiences - and we have still got lots more to go believe it or not!' he said.

'It's interesting to see the reaction on social media - a lot of people have been talking about the shows on Twitter and there's a real sense of the festival being a destination.

'We are very fortunate we have got some great relationships with great artists like Les 7 Doigts De La Main from Montreal and Circa from Australia, and what is great is that a lot of work is coming here before London, and you would kind of expect it to be the other way around.


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'That says a lot about how people regard the festival internationally and that's great for the city and county. It says this is a fantastic place, we are not the last place, we are the first in some respects.'

About his own 2013 festival highlights, he said: 'The opening night (Rêve d'Herbert) was brilliant, those beautiful bubble creatures dancing in the cherry blossom in Cathedral Close. I have really enjoyed all the circus. I really enjoyed the Britten concert Our Hunting Fathers - the song cycle premiered at the festival in 1936 when Britten was an almost unknown 23-year-old composer who created this fantastically complex composition, and it really makes you think where this festival has come from, and that's just completely brilliant.

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'I have enjoyed taking my daughter to the Baby Disco Dance Hall in the Adnams Spiegeltent, and it has been lovely to see a great mixture of ages at so many events - that's very special for me, bringing people together, trying to break down barriers, whether they are age, education or social barriers. I think the festival can do that, particularly with a lot of the free work.'

When asked what audiences have got to look forward to this weekend, he said: 'We have been spoiled with circus this year and there's an opportunity to see Compagnie Galapiat's Risque Zéro at the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome for one last treat.

'Verdi's Requiem is being performed by the Festival Chorus and London Philharmonic Orchestra, there's still all the visual art to enjoy too - across the city there's the Caroline McCarthy exhibition and the Streetwalker Gallery, and the installations in the Undercroft and Norwich Castle. I think the visual art programme is one of the best we have done.

'We have also got a lovely show for children at Epic called Varmints.

'Even if you can't get a ticket to one of the Adnams Spiegeltent shows, the Spiegeltent bar is open to everyone and that's probably the best way to pick up any ticket returns for the Spiegeltent shows.

'The Nature Theater of Oklahoma's 12 hour marathon of their show Life and Times also starts at 1.30pm on Saturday which should be a lot of fun, and there's three breaks where the cast serve you a barbecue, ice-cream, and milk and cookies.

'The festival has co-comissioned episodes 4.5 and 5 of the show which are really something else. I know 12 hours sounds like a very long time but it's a once in a lifetime opportunity. Nature Theater has just won an OBIE award - they are the biggest theatre company coming out of New York at the moment and they are here in Norwich!'

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