Twelve highlights of the 2017 Young Norfolk Arts Festival

Young Norfolk Arts Festival 2017 - The Young Norfolk Arts and The Garage Stage will present two days

Young Norfolk Arts Festival 2017 - The Young Norfolk Arts and The Garage Stage will present two days of music and dance at the Royal Norfolk Show. Photo: The Garage. - Credit: The Garage

From Shakespeare-inspired hip hop to a special celebration of War Horse, there is lots in store for audiences at this year's Young Norfolk Arts Festival.

Young Norfolk Arts Festival 2017 - Dancing Gods. Photo: Viji Moothie

Young Norfolk Arts Festival 2017 - Dancing Gods. Photo: Viji Moothie - Credit: Viji Moothie

The event, which is both by and for young people from across the county, is now in its fifth year and will run from June 28 to July 10.

Lucy Farrant, director of Young Norfolk Arts, the organisation which oversees the festival, said this year there are about 60 events, spanning the entire cultural spectrum from music to theatre to literature to visual arts.

'I think we have got a really broad range of opportunities and activities and performances for everyone but especially for young people,' she said.

'There is definitely something for everybody. There are plenty of things suitable for families and for people of all ages.

Young Norfolk Arts Festival 2017 - War Horse: Only Remembered with Michael Morpurgo is on July 2 at

Young Norfolk Arts Festival 2017 - War Horse: Only Remembered with Michael Morpurgo is on July 2 at St Andrew�s Hall in Norwich. Here Michael Morpurgo is pictured with young people at a previous Young Norfolk Arts Festival. Photo: SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Simon Finlay


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'The drama is, for example, very strong and will appeal to everybody, and the whole of Norfolk can come and see us in action at the Royal Norfolk Show and Lord Mayor's Celebrations - it is a tremendous chance for young people to perform in such key events for the city and county.'

While the festival is in full swing the YNAF communications team will be reporting on all the highlights, and they are currently putting together a preview supplement which will feature in next Tuesday's EDP.

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Here are 12 highlights of the 2017 Young Norfolk Arts Festival:

YNAF @ The Royal Norfolk Show - June 28-29 at the Norfolk Showground

Young Norfolk Arts Festival 2017 - Rubber Ring will be performed at Norwich Puppet Theatre. Photo:

Young Norfolk Arts Festival 2017 - Rubber Ring will be performed at Norwich Puppet Theatre. Photo: James McDermott. - Credit: James McDermott

The Young Norfolk Arts and The Garage Stage will present two days of music and dance, meanwhile YNAF are also part of Showstoppers - Choir of a Thousand at the show.

Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company Live! + Franko Fraize - June 30 at Norwich Arts Centre, July 6 at St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth

Rappers, singers and poets present a medley of performances inspired by Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.

The Garage Unsigned - July 1 at The LCR, University of East Anglia

Dancers from Norwich School participating in the 2016 Lord Mayor's Procession through the streets of

Dancers from Norwich School participating in the 2016 Lord Mayor's Procession through the streets of Norwich as part of the 2016 Young Norfolk Arts Festival events. Photo: Keith Whitmore. - Credit: Keith Whitmore

A showcase of unsigned music talent.

YNAF @ The Lord Mayor's Celebrations - July 7-9 in Norwich city centre

Young people from YNAF will take part in performances on The Lost River Stage at Westlegate and Norwich Arts Centre's Stage outside The Forum, as well as an encore performance with some of the singers from the Royal Norfolk Show's Choir of a Thousand.

War Horse: Only Remembered with Michael Morpurgo - July 2 at St Andrew's Hall in Norwich.

War Horse author Michael Morpurgo tells his poignant First World War tale of young Albert and his beloved horse Joey. He will be joined by former War Horse National Theatre songman Ben Murray.

Mini drama festival - throughout YNAF at various locations

There is an array of drama for people to enjoy, from +/- and Rubber Ring at Norwich Puppet Theatre on July 6 and 7 respectively, to It's a Wonderful Moon, George outside The Forum on July 9 to John Giller Drama and Theatre Academy Summer Spectacular at King's Lynn Arts Centre on July 2 to Come Yew In! at various times and locations.

Writers' Centre Norwich presents: Young Norfolk Writers Competition Showcase - July 9 at Norwich Arts Centre

Hear the freshest work from Norfolk's best young writers.

Sistema in Norwich Summer Concerts - July 14 and 15 at The Octagon Chapel, Norwich

Sistema's young people's orchestras and smaller ensembles present a series of concerts.

Dancing Gods - July 2 at Norwich Playhouse

Young local artists perform Indian dance in a performance inspired by Hindu mythology.

The Catton Grove Pop-up Cinema - June 23 at Catton Grove Primary School in Norwich

Catton Grove students present a series of 1920s-style silent movies.

Creative Media Film Festival - July 3 at City College Norwich and Cinema City

City College Norwich students present their very own fringe film festival.

Schools' Exhibition at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts - July 8-9

An exhibition of school pupils' work inspired by SCVA's Paul Nash and Rana Begum exhibitions.

The festival is June 28-July 10. For more, including event times and tickets, visit www.ynaf.org.ukSee Tuesday's EDP for an eight-page preview about the festival.

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