December 20 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
An area of Norwich with a rich history and an even brighter future will be welcoming visitors to the fourth annual Magdalen Street and St Augustine’s celebration next month.
The all-day event in north Norwich on Saturday, October 19 boasts more than 50 acts, activities and events with up-to-the-minute contemporary art and music, alongside heritage tours, exhibitions, displays and interactive talks.
The themes for 2013 are creativity, diversity and sustainability, which refer to the area’s many innovative businesses, its ethnic diversity and the plethora of secondhand, vintage, antique and craft shops in the area.
Activities on offer during the festival will include everything from Egyptian astronomy, photo exhibitions, theatre and falconry, to storytelling, Caribbean food and face painting.
The seven music venues featuring an eclectic mix of music from beat boxing to folk, Americana and classical, this year are St Clement’s Church, the King of Hearts courtyard, St Saviour’s fusion stage, the flyover, Anglia Square, St Augustine’s Church and the Blueberry pub.
Roxanne Matthews, one of the festival organisers, said: “We have had so many bands and activity organisers wanting to take part this year, we have had to extend the number of venues several times to accommodate everyone, while ensuring that the festival does not lose its vibrant local feel.”
There are also several new exhibitions and events to choose from for people looking for a more relaxed and reflective time.
Shift is an exhibition of new landscape and architecture photography by Carys O’Brien, James Benedict Brown and Stephen Jarvis that explores the relationship of memory and transitions in the built environment of Norfolk. A Day to Look to the Sky features glowing constellations, and a telescope with a solar filter.
Meanwhile, Exhibition at the Stage in St Augustine’s focuses on a new collection of photographs made in response to conversations with people who live and work in the street by award-winning local photographer Katherine Mager.
The Art of Peter Jamieson – painter, etcher and draughtsman –will be on show at the launch of his new studio gallery in St Augustine’s.
This year’s festival also welcomes a special pop-up performance, created and choreographed by Kayla St Clare, which remembers the St Augustine’s swimming pool.