Norwich’s Magdalen Street Festival to return

There will be performances, exhibitions, workshops, family activities and history tours when Magdalen Street Festival returns next month.

Last year the festival in Norwich proved a great success and this year even more musicians and activities have been arranged under the themes of creativity, diversity and sustainability.

On Saturday, October 1, the event will be opened under the Magdalen flyover by the Norwich Taiko Centre.

Helen Simpson, of the organising committee, said: 'The goal of the day is to bring together neighbourhood residents, regulars and visitors to highlight Magdalen Street's role as a hub of creative, independently-owned, ethnically diverse and environmentally sustainable businesses.'

Music acts Dumbfoundus, Andy Kirkham, Eastern Straynotes, Tom Conway and Milly Hirst will be performing on the street during the day on a PA powered by audience members on a bike.

Alongside the music there will be art events, stallholders and local history tours

Norwich songwriter James Frost, who performed at the Celebration in 2010, said: 'It was fantastic to see so much art, music and street performance in my local community last year; it made me see Magdalen Street in a whole new light. It shows what can happen if everyone offers their own unique talents into the community they live in, with the support of local businesses and venues.

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'It was a real atmosphere of participation and everyone felt it. In fact, I was so impressed with the event as a whole I joined the organising group for this year.'

The event is organised by members of Transition Norwich, a community-based response to peak oil, climate change and economic recession that was launced in in October 2008.

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