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Ten Norfolk and Norwich Festival highlights

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 May 2017

NNF17. Museum of the Moon. Photo: MARC RAS.

NNF17. Museum of the Moon. Photo: MARC RAS.

MARC RAS

Festival-goers can enjoy a huge array of weird and wonderful acts at this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

Arts correspondent Emma Knights picks out 10 highlights.

For more Norfolk and Norwich Festival stories click here

• MUSEUM OF THE MOON, May 12-21, various times, outside The Forum

Bask under the moonlight of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon and enjoy an array of lunar-inspired festivities.

NNF17. Museum of the Moon. Photo: Luke Jerram.NNF17. Museum of the Moon. Photo: Luke Jerram.

• VR PLAYGROUND, May 12-27, various times and locations around Norwich

Jump on one of the swings that will be popping up across the city, don a VR headset, and swing into one of four virtual worlds created by thrill engineer Brendan Walker.

The launch of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival with the Virtual Reality Playground at Norwich Station. Festival artistic director William Galinsky. Picture : ANTONY KELLYThe launch of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival with the Virtual Reality Playground at Norwich Station. Festival artistic director William Galinsky. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

• THE GARDEN PARTY, May 20 and 21, 12pm-6pm, Chapelfield Gardens and outside The Forum

Always a festival favourite, enjoy a picnic in Chapelfield Gardens while watching an array of crazy acts suitable for all the family.

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2016 Garden Party at Chapelfield Gardens. Ye Gods by the Whalley Range All Stars. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2016 Garden Party at Chapelfield Gardens. Ye Gods by the Whalley Range All Stars. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

• THE ARMS OF SLEEP, May 22-26, 9.30pm, Assembly House

A concert with a difference, pack your overnight bag and take part in a choral sleepover created by Norwich-based The Voice Project.

NNF17: The Voice Project The Arms of Sleep. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich FestivalNNF17: The Voice Project The Arms of Sleep. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival

• SUPER SUNDAY, May 15 and 16, 8pm, Norwich Theatre Royal

Enjoy watching the death-defying feats and contemporary circus spectacle in Race Horse Company’s latest show.

NNF17. Race Horse Company will perform Super Sunday at Norwich Theatre Royal.
Photo: � Petter HellmanNNF17. Race Horse Company will perform Super Sunday at Norwich Theatre Royal. Photo: � Petter Hellman

• ADNAMS SPIEGELTENT, May 17-28, various times, Chapelfield Gardens

The ever-popular travelling mirror tent is one of the icons of the festival, enjoy Casus Circus’ headline show Driftwood along with a whole host of other Spiegeltent treats.

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• REAR VIEW, May 25-28, various times, starts outside Great Hospital

Hop on the back of IOU’s specially adapted bus for an innovative theatre show played out on the streets of Norwich.

NNF17: Rear View IOU Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017NNF17: Rear View IOU Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017

• THE STORY MACHINE, May 17 and 18, 7pm, Shoe Factory Social Club, and CITY OF LITERATURE WEEKEND, May 26-28, from 10am, Chapelfield Gardens

Powered by literature and oiled by theatre, The Story Machine sees writers create an immersive experience like no other, meanwhile the City of Literature Weekend invites you to celebrate our fine city’s UNESCO status with a programme featuring some of the finest wordsmiths and minds.

Poets and writers take over Dragon Hall to entertain audiences in The Story Machine in 2016. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY.Poets and writers take over Dragon Hall to entertain audiences in The Story Machine in 2016. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY.

• EARTH SKY: RICHARD LONG AT HOUGHTON, April 30-October 26, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am-5pm, Houghton Hall, North Norfolk

Explore the new major exhibition by Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Long which sees him use historic Houghton Hall and its surrounds as the canvas for his latest sculptures.

Earth Sky is the new Richard Long exhibition at Houghton Hall. Pictured is A Line in Norfolk. Picture: Ian BurtEarth Sky is the new Richard Long exhibition at Houghton Hall. Pictured is A Line in Norfolk. Picture: Ian Burt

• SUMMER.AUTUMN.WINTER.SPRING., May 13 and 14, 2pm, The Space, Norwich

Indulge in seven hours of theatre and film with Quarantine’s show which is described as a quartet about the human life cycle and features local people from all walks of life in the cast.

NNF17: Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. by Quarantine.
Photo: supplied by Norfolk and Norwich Festival.NNF17: Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. by Quarantine. Photo: supplied by Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

For more Norfolk and Norwich Festival stories click here
Norfolk and Norwich Festival runs from May 12 to 28.

For full details of festival events, including how to book, tickets, visit www.nnfestival.org.uk or call the box office on 01603 766400.

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