Schools urged to get involved with Norfolk & Norwich festival

From seeing world-class performances to meeting musicians, dancers and performers, schools are being encouraged to get involved in the 2011 Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

The festival is offering three themed days for different age groups including A Day out with Mr Big, which will see St Andrew's Hall filled will with up to 500 five to seven-year-olds.

The event, in collaboration with the Britten Sinfonia, will be based on Ed Vere's popular children's story. Children will sing along as part of the performance, as well as watching the author/illustrator at work.

Key Stage Two and Four children will be able to tour the festival's visual arts programme with a local artist as part of the programme.

And on May 13 Key Stage Three children will be able to learn acrobatic and dance skills before watching a performance of circus and dance from Morocco.

Christina Birt, Head of Creative Learning at the festival, said: 'It's really important to us that Norfolk school children have the opportunity to experience the Festival. The Days at the Festival provide a great opportunity for schools to participate. We are so pleased that this year we are able to offer more than 1000 places for school children to take part.

'Children find the vibrancy of the festival very exciting and teachers enjoy the accessibility of these sorts of days and the new environment they offer for young people to develop new skills.'

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A Day out with Mr Big is on May 20 between 10.30am and 2.30pm. It costs �12 for teachers and pupils. A special school rate ticket for just the concert is �6.

Visual Arts at the Festival can be organised between May 6 and 21 and takes place around the city between 10.30am and 2.30pm. It costs �12. Teachers can take part for free.

Circus and dance from Morocco is on May 13 at the Norwich Theatre Royal and The Garage in Norwich. Workshops begin about2pm before the performance at 7.45pm.

It costs �12 for teachers and pupils, not including a meal.

For more information contact Sarah Witcomb from the Festival's Creative Learning team on 01603 878285 or e-mail