Excitement is building for youth arts festival following launch

Launch of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival. Pictured: Harpist Leonard Jacome. Photo: Jonathon Coe Launch of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival. Pictured: Harpist Leonard Jacome. Photo: Jonathon Coe

Friday, June 20, 2014
5:26 PM

Excitement is building for the Young Norfolk Arts Festival after its successful launch at the Guildhall.

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Launch of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival. Pictured: Marcus Patteson from Sistema in Norwich, YNAF committee chairman Steffan Griffiths and YNAF coordinator Lucy Farrant. Photo: Jonathon CoeLaunch of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival. Pictured: Marcus Patteson from Sistema in Norwich, YNAF committee chairman Steffan Griffiths and YNAF coordinator Lucy Farrant. Photo: Jonathon Coe

An array of guests gathered for the launch last Thursday and they represented many of the cultural and educational communities in the county who will be playing a part in the festival.

The evening provided a sample of the exciting talent lined-up for the 10-day festival running from June 27 to July 6.

The festival will showcase a variety of art forms across 24 county-wide venues, involving the participation of young people from around 60 schools.

Guests at the launch were treated to a unique performance by Venezuelan harpist Leonard Jacome, part of the musical organisation El Sistema.

Mr Jacome’s three-piece compilation was played on the world’s only electric harp, made especially for the talented Venezuelan. His music expressed exotic vibes which impressed all round.

Representatives from the Theatre Royal, Jane Walsh and Victoria Abrahams, were among the guests looking forward to the festival and they said the theatre was excited to host An Audience with Luke Wright and Adam Buxton on July 1.

“Those two local stars are sure to be a hit with all generations due to their comical nature,” said Jane.

Victoria added: “I’m particularly looking forward to going to the Art Show; the Cathedral Hostry is a beautiful venue.”

Mattie Ziegler is directing the performance of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, being shown at the Cathedral Cloisters on June 29 and 30.

She said “I’m hoping to get a real sheep in for the production to make it unusual and not to be missed.”

For more details on the events in the festival see www.ynaf.org.uk and follow @YN_AF on Twitter.

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