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Fifteen events to enjoy at Norfolk and Norwich Festival

PUBLISHED: 10:39 24 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:15 24 May 2018

Shift is the latest show from circus company Barely Methodical Troupe. It is being performed for the first time at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Shift is the latest show from circus company Barely Methodical Troupe. It is being performed for the first time at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Picture: Nick Butcher

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There is lots more weird and wonderful fun for audiences to enjoy in the final four days of this year’s Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Arts correspondent Emma Knights looks at some highlights

Noisy Holiday is part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival programme.  Photo: Sonya DuncanNoisy Holiday is part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival programme. Photo: Sonya Duncan

From theatrical performances on the Norfolk coast to three days full of literary talks and debate in a city park, Norfolk & Norwich Festival will be drawing to a close this weekend with a packed programme of events across the county.

There may be just four days left of this year’s 17 day arts extravaganza but there is still a huge amount in store for audiences to look forward to. Below are some highlights:

NNF18 - And Now's Wayfaring preimere at Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Photo: Nick ReadNNF18 - And Now's Wayfaring preimere at Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Photo: Nick Read

• Wayfaring – Wells Beach, Friday and Saturday, 8pm-10pm, free

See the stunning landscape of Wells beach take centre stage in a sunset performance that marks the culmination of a week-long project which has involved volunteers working with And Now: to create an installation inspired by the ancient routes of the Icknield Way from Norfolk to Wiltshire.

NNF18 City of Literature programme - Women on Writing - Sarah Perry
Photo: Jamie DrewNNF18 City of Literature programme - Women on Writing - Sarah Perry Photo: Jamie Drew

• City of Literature Weekend - Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, Friday to Sunday, various times and ticket prices

From Women on Writing with Sarah Perry and special guests to Going Nuclear with Fred Pearce, Norwich’s UNESCO City of Literature status is being celebrated with three days packed full of literary talks and events presented in partnership with Writers’ Centre Norwich.

Lynn Chadwick's Beasts at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, courtesy of the Estate of Lynn Chadwick and BlainSouthern.
Photo: Andy CrouchLynn Chadwick's Beasts at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, courtesy of the Estate of Lynn Chadwick and BlainSouthern. Photo: Andy Crouch

• Beasts - Outside Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, every day, free

Find the three new Beast sculptures by Lynn Chadwick that have joined the sculpture park at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the UEA until August 31.

The Voice Project performed Singing the City in Norwich Cathedral and other areas of the city during the 2012 Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
Photo: Phil SayerThe Voice Project performed Singing the City in Norwich Cathedral and other areas of the city during the 2012 Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Photo: Phil Sayer

• Timepiece – Norwich Cathedral, Friday, midday to midnight, hourly performances are free on the hour from midday to 8pm and at 11pm and midnight, tickets for the 9pm-10pm concert cost £10

Beginning with a solo singer at midday, every hour on the hour The Voice Project will fill the ancient surrounds of Norwich Cathedral with song, building up to a full choir in concert by 9pm before fading back to a single voice at midnight.

NNF18 - Stopgap Dance Company's The Seafarers
Photo: Strong Island MediaNNF18 - Stopgap Dance Company's The Seafarers Photo: Strong Island Media

• The Seafarers – Great Yarmouth seafront, Saturday 5pm and Sunday 3pm, free

Stopgap Dance Company and a cast of local dancers will present a part-gig part-spectacle that celebrates our relationship with the sea and the journeys we make across it. The show features the music of contemporary folk band, Moulettes.

NNF18 - Norwich Cathedral Choir. Photo: Paul HurstNNF18 - Norwich Cathedral Choir. Photo: Paul Hurst

• Three Cathedral Choirs – Norwich Cathedral, tonight, 7.30pm, £12-£26

Norwich Cathedral Choir is being joined by the choirs of Ely and Peterborough cathedrals for a special concert featuring works by Parry, Bernstein, Ireland, Holst and Vaughan Williams, as well as a new commission by former BBC Young Composer of the Year, Alex Woolf.

NNF18 - Britten Sinfonia. Photo: Chris ChristodoulouNNF18 - Britten Sinfonia. Photo: Chris Christodoulou

• Britten Sinfonia perform Beethoven with Thomas Ades – Norwich Theatre Royal, Sunday, 7.30pm, £8-£34

Following last year’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphonies 1 and 2, conductor Thomas Ades and the Britten Sinfonia are returning to perform Symphonies 4 and 5 as well as a piano concerto by Gerald Barry.

Artist Damien Hirst inside the main house at Houghton Hall. Picture: Ian BurtArtist Damien Hirst inside the main house at Houghton Hall. Picture: Ian Burt

• Damien Hirst: Colour Space Paintings and Outdoor Sculptures - Houghton Hall, today, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm, £18

See controversial artist Damien Hirst’s latest Colour Space paintings adorn Houghton Hall’s historic walls and discover some of his famous sculptures in the estate’s beautiful grounds. The show runs until July 15.

NNF18 - Provisional Figures
Photo: supplied by Norfolk & Norwich FestivalNNF18 - Provisional Figures Photo: supplied by Norfolk & Norwich Festival

• Provisional Figures – The Drill House, Great Yarmouth, Friday and Saturday, 7pm, £3-£12

Portuguese film and theatre director Marco Martins has created a new theatre performance inspired by the stories of members of the Portuguese community living in Great Yarmouth.

NNF18 - Forced Entertainment's Real Magic.
Photo: Hugo GlendinningNNF18 - Forced Entertainment's Real Magic. Photo: Hugo Glendinning

• Real Magic - Norwich Playhouse, Saturday, 7.30pm, £12

Forced Entertainment’s show Real Magic will see three performers take part in an impossible illusion described as a part mind-reading feat, part cabaret act and part nightmare gameshow.

NNF18 - Binker & Moses. Photo: Courtesy of Norfolk and Norwich FestivalNNF18 - Binker & Moses. Photo: Courtesy of Norfolk and Norwich Festival

• Late night music in the Adnams Spiegeltent - Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, Thursday to Saturday, 10pm, £15 per show

Saxophone-drum duo Binker and Moses, solo artist Ashley Henry, and energetic jazz ensemble Maisha are set to entertain music fans in the festival’s iconic pop-up venue.

NNF18 - Maya Youssef
Photo: Igor StudioNNF18 - Maya Youssef Photo: Igor Studio

• Maya Youssef Trio - Norwich Playhouse, tonight, 7.30pm, £18

Enjoy Syrian musician Maya Youssef’s unique and innovative approach to playing the qanun - a traditional Middle Eastern plucked zither.

NNF18 - Hyeyoon Park (violin), Timothy Ridout (viola), Kian Soltani (cello), Benjamin Grosvenor (piano) and Leon Bosch (double bass) performed The Trout Quintet at Norwich Playhouse.
Photo: supplied by Norfolk & Norwich FestivalNNF18 - Hyeyoon Park (violin), Timothy Ridout (viola), Kian Soltani (cello), Benjamin Grosvenor (piano) and Leon Bosch (double bass) performed The Trout Quintet at Norwich Playhouse. Photo: supplied by Norfolk & Norwich Festival

• The Trout Quintet - Norwich Playhouse, Friday, 7.30pm, £22

Schubert’s Trout Quintet features in an evening of intimate chamber music that will also include works by Brahms and Brett Dean.

Shift is the latest show from circus company Barely Methodical Troupe. It is being performed for the first time at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
Picture: Nick ButcherShift is the latest show from circus company Barely Methodical Troupe. It is being performed for the first time at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Picture: Nick Butcher

• Shift - Adnams Spiegeltent, Thursday to Sunday, various times, £20-£22

Barely Methodical Troupe’s four-strong cast for Shift wows with all manner of acrobatic tricks and circus spectacle performed with an array of huge rubber bands.

NNF18 - Nathan Coley
Photo: Nathan ColeyNNF18 - Nathan Coley Photo: Nathan Coley

• Nathan Coley - NUA’s East Gallery and St Laurence’s Church, today, Friday and Saturday, 12pm-5pm, free

Turner Prize nominee Nathan Coley’s latest work looks at our relationship with sacred and secular architecture, signage and protest, and systems of faith. The two-venue show runs until July 7.

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Norfolk & Norwich Festival runs until Sunday. For more on festival events and to book tickets, visit www.nnfestival.org.uk or call the box office on 01603 766400.

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