Young Norfolk Arts Festival reveals its 2016 programme of events

The Young Norfolk Arts Festival at the 2015 Lord Mayor's Celebration. Photo: Autumn Lewis.

The Young Norfolk Arts Festival at the 2015 Lord Mayor's Celebration. Photo: Autumn Lewis. - Credit: Autumn Lewis

The Young Norfolk Arts Festival is preparing to take to the stage for a fourth year next month.

Young Norfolk Arts Festival. Norwich School cast take a bow after their performance of The Comedy of

Young Norfolk Arts Festival. Norwich School cast take a bow after their performance of The Comedy of Errors at Norwich Cathedral in 2015. Photo: supplied. - Credit: supplied

The 2016 arts extravaganza created by and for young people in Norfolk will this year run from July 1 to 10, and this year's events once again span the whole spectrum of the arts.

Just before the main festival begins, young performers will be taking to The Garage and YNAF Stage at the Royal Norfolk Show on June 29 and 30 and there will also be a charity fashion show by Norwich School students at Open on June 30.

There will also be lots of Young Norfolk Arts Festival fun at the Lord Mayor's Celebration on July 2 – young people will have a British Art Show 8-themed float in the Lord Mayor's Street Procession, young bands will be showcased at Sonic Youths at the Lord Mayor's Launch Pad, and The Rattler – a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin – will also be performed.

Among the many other YNAF highlights, author Kevin Crossley-Holland will be giving a talk at Open on July 7, The Garage will be taking over the UEA's LCR on July 8 with a night featuring young unsigned local acts, and young people will also be at Norwich Castle on July 9 for an event celebrating the British Art Show 8 coming to Norwich.

Young Norfolk Arts Festival. Artwork in progress at workshop led by artist Kaitlin Ferguson at SCVA

Young Norfolk Arts Festival. Artwork in progress at workshop led by artist Kaitlin Ferguson at SCVA 2016 for this year's Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts Schools Exhibition Project. Photo: supplied. - Credit: supplied

Lucy Farrant, producer of Young Norfolk Arts Trust which oversees the Young Norfolk Arts Festival, said: 'Whether you like drama or music or dance or fashion, there's something for everyone – and you will be amazed by the talents of the young people.'

The Young Norfolk Arts Trust has recently received a substantial grant from Arts Council England to help it develop more events all year round. The trust is also supported by a number of local charities, including the Town Close Estate Trust, the Paul Bassham Trust, the Chivers Trust and the John Jarrold Trust.

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The Young Norfolk Arts Festival runs from July 1 to 10.

For more details and to book tickets, visit www.ynaf.org.uk

Ukelear Power play at the launch of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival 2015 at The Forum.Picture by SIM

Ukelear Power play at the launch of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival 2015 at The Forum.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Do you have a Norwich arts story? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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