Ooh-la-la! - win luxury tickets to Bo Nanafana Social Club

Attention Mesdames et Messieurs — Bo Nanafana Social Club is set to re-convene with a special evening of dance, live music and ooh-la-la cabaret, all with a distinctively French flavour. STACIA BRIGGS finds out more — plus win tickets.

It's a night packed with Parisian promise and enough ooh-la-la to fuel a cavalry of can-can dancers.

Bo Nanafana Social Club returns to the Norwich nightclub scene later this month at their new home — the 1,250-capacity Open venue — with a packed evening of fanciful French delight.

Norwich maybe heading into the depths of winter but there will be something hot and very Gallic happening at the latest event from the hugely popular cabaret night.

Previous themed nights from Bo Nanafana have included Mild West — saloon girls and cowboys, Big Bamboo — skalypso swing, Shore Leave — nautical 1940s and Cold War — From Russia with Love.

The club, affectionately called Bo, is named after a line in the Shirley Ellis song The Name Game, released in 1965, and this year celebrates its seventh birthday.

Amid the rise in popularity nationally of cabaret, burlesque and variety, Bo Nanafana began by drawing small crowds in Norwich pubs which quickly picked up a cult follow and led to them regularly attracting 700-plus sell out crowds to The Talk.

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They've since gone on to stage hugely popular nights at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival Spiegeltent and at the Atlantis Arena in Great Yarmouth among numerous other happenings.

Every show the social club, recently shortlisted twice at the Norfolk Arts Awards 2012, presents is theatrical, highly visual and beautifully choreographed and audience members are encouraged to dress for the occasion.

Tickets for the event are always like gold dust, having sold out almost a month before show time.

However if you've not managed to bag on for this latest happening, Going Out has a spectacular set of prizes to give away, including a top prize of a pair of tickets, a night at boutique B&B 38 St Giles Street and a table for two at Roger Hickman's restaurant on November 24 from 7pm to 9pm to the value of �100, plus two further pairs of tickets.

Not only is this a great prize, it is also the last chance to bag your place at one of the most coveted slots on Norwich's social calendar.

So what can discerning party-goers expect this time? Well celebrating in very Parisian style, Bo Nanafana has booked the hugely popular Paris-based electro-swing and gypsy-jazz band Caravan Palace to headline.

Formed in 2005 after three members were hired by a film production company to provide the soundtrack to silent blue movies, the band's influences include Django Reinhardt, Vitalic, Lionel Hampton and Daft Punk.

Other acts incude the Parisian Latin gypsy jazz legend Benoit Viellefon, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer and local French fancies Girl Dubois.

Benoit Viellefon is a French singer and guitarist who presents timeless melodies from the pens of the master songwriters of the 1920s and 1930s while Mr B offers audiences Chap-Hop – reacquainting hip-hop with the Queen's English from whence it came.

Girl Dubois are homegrown two-woman outfit Antonia and Helen whose French and English vocal covers are accompanied by the most French of instruments, the accordion.

Other attractions on the night include two rooms of music, cabaret and divine d�cor, Sicilian Agriculturalist Trio Swingrowers, Josephine Shaker and the Sugar Blue Burlesque Dance Troupe. Audience members are encouraged to embrace the them by dressing in the 'French Fancy' theme.

Co-promoters of The Bo Nanafana Social Club, Tristan Roche and Helen Stoneley are delighted at the response to their colourful social nights from Norwich audiences.

'When we started Bo Nanafana all those years ago, we had a vision of putting on shows like this, but to constantly sell out large venues is an absolute dream,' said Helen.

'It's such a lovely sight seeing so many people dressed up and enjoying themselves at our events. It just wouldn't be the same without them.'

t Bo Nanafana Social Club A Bout de Souffle (Breathless), Open, Bank Plain, Norwich, November 24, 8pm-2am, �20, 01603 508050, www.bonanafana.com


Going Out has three fabulous prizes to give away in our Bo Nanafana competition — two pairs of tickets for two winners and a top prize that will ensure you have your best night out ever.

The top prize includes a meal at celebrated Norwich restaurant Roger Hickman's, a night at boutique B&B 38 St Giles Street and a pair of tickets for The Bo Nanafana Social Club's A Bout de Souffle (Breathless) night on November 24.

Roger Hickman's Restaurant sees the eponymous Mr Hickman serving a delicious variety of modern British food in his fine dining establishment at 79 Upper St Giles Street (01603 633522, www.rogerhickmansrestaurant.com).

At 38 St Giles, Jan and William Cheeseman offer award-winning boutique bed and breakfast in a beautiful Georgian Grade II listed townhouse situated in the heart of Norwich and boasting five individually-designed en-suite bedrooms situated over three floors (01603 662944, www.38stgiles.co.uk).

t For a chance of winning one of these three great prizes, simply email your name, address and a daytime telephone number to: stacia.briggs@archant.co.uk

t Entries must arrive before November 16

t Normal Archant competition rules apply.