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Norfolk festival gets set to celebrate young people and the arts

PUBLISHED: 15:56 10 June 2014

Norwich School dance rehearsal for A Big Night Out. Part of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival. Photo: Bill Smith

Norwich School dance rehearsal for A Big Night Out. Part of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival. Photo: Bill Smith

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Talented young performers across the county are getting ready to entertain audiences with a packed programme of festival fun.

A Big Night to celebrate creativity

Norwich pupils have been busy rehearsing for their festival show A Big Night Out: The Norwich School Gala which is soon to take to the Norwich Theatre Royal stage.

Matilda Ziegler, the school’s head of drama, describes the show as a great celebration of all the students’ talents.

She said: “It’s called A Big Night Out and the whole purpose of it is to give an opportunity for pupils across the school to showcase their talents in this celebration of creative performance.”

She said all kinds of music featured in the line-up alongside scenes from plays such as Macbeth and Hamlet and dance numbers from the musical Sweet Charity.

More than 250 Norwich School pupils are involved in the production.

“It’s a celebration of creative talent, a burst of creative energy and the culmination of working hard on performance.

“There’s a lot of discipline involved in that but also a lot of fun,” said Matilda.

“A Big Night Out is an opportunity to bring everything together in one extraordinary happening.”

• A Big Night Out is at Norwich Theatre Royal on Wednesday, July 2 at 7.30pm. Tickets £5.50-£15 (concessions £3).

To book call 01603 630000 or visit

The Young Norfolk Arts Festival is returning for its second year on June 27, and the 10-day celebration of young people and the arts is offering a great array of entertainment for all. An eclectic mix of music features in the line-up alongside Shakespeare in Norwich Cathedral cloister, an array of YNAF events for Norwich’s Lord Mayor’s Celebrations, an emerging artists showcase at Holkham Hall in north Norfolk, and lots more.

Steffan Griffiths, Young Norfolk Arts Festival committee chairman, said: “We are delighted that this second festival is offering even more opportunities for young people in even more art forms. We have been overwhelmed by the take up from schools for the various outreach projects and workshops.

“In addition we are excited that so many of the city and county’s leading venues are participating - we have a performance at Holkham Hall, a musical picnic at Elsing Hall, and we are using Norwich Cathedral’s cloister, the Theatre Royal, Norwich Puppet Theatre and many other venues. There’s a real sense of Norfolk getting behind this festival for young people.”

He said the festival’s aim was to be a multi-arts platform for young people across the county, and he encouraged everyone to enjoy the festival.

“Come along and see what great things the young people of Norfolk are capable of!” he said.

• The festival runs from Friday, June 27 to Sunday, July 6. For more visit, follow @YN_AF on Twitter, or pick up a Young Norfolk Arts Festival brochure.

Some Young Norfolk Arts Festival highlights

• The Garage and Alderman Peel High School Emerging Artists Showcase at Holkham Hall, June 28, 6pm.

• Sistema in Norwich Martineau Orchestra, featuring online link-up with sister orchestra in Canada, at Epic Studios, Norwich, June 28, 7pm (changed from original June 27 date).

• BBC Introducing: YNAF live on BBC Radio Norfolk, June 28, 8pm.

• Elsing Musical Picnic, June 29, 3pm-9pm. Jazz and easy listening music in Elsing Hall gardens, near Dereham.

• Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale performed by Norwich School’s senior company in Norwich Cathedral cloister, June 29, 7pm, and June 30, 2pm and 7pm.

• BBC Voices and Cinema Plus Secondary and Primary Schools Film Showcases at Cinema City, Norwich, June 30, 5pm (secondary), July 1, 11am (primary).

• An Audience with Adam Buxton and Luke Wright at Norwich Theatre Royal, July 1, 10am.

• Monument: Schools Art Exhibition at the Hostry at Norwich Cathedral, July 1-13.

• Norfolk Children’s Book Festival at Norwich Lower School, July 2, 9am-4pm.

• Norfolk High Schools: Tonight We’ll Sing - Tonight We’ll Dance at Epic Studios, July 3, 7.30pm.

• An array of YNAF entertainment as part of Norwich’s Lord Mayor’s Celebrations, July 5 and 6.

• Norfolk County Youth Orchestra at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, July 6, 3pm.

• For details of ticket prices and how to book visit or pick up a YNAF brochure.

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