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Time to get involved with annual Norwich Fringe Festival

Norwich Fringe Festival team, with organiser Amy Wragg far right.

Norwich Fringe Festival team, with organiser Amy Wragg far right.

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The headline acts of this year's Norwich Fringe Festival have been announced but organisers are still keen for local comedians, bands, poets and artists to get involved.

"We are trying to bring as much local talent together as possible to raise Norwich’s profile as a collective."

Norwich Fringe Festival organiser Amy Wragg

This year’s cultural antics will be held from May 13-28 at several venues around the city, with lots of weird and wonderful events organised.

The headline comedy act of Fringe Festival 2011 is one of the stars of Channel Four’s popular comedy Peep Show, Isy Suttie, or Dobby as she is better known to the show’s millions of fans.

Her quirky brand of musical comedy will close the festival on its final Saturday night after 16 days of comedy events at Take 5 on Tombland.

That will ensure the show finishes on a high but the schedule will also start off with a bang on its opening night thanks to an unusual music group from Bristol, who produce 100pc live dance music that features no pre-recorded music.

Stand-up comedian Isy Suttie who is performing at the Norwich Fringe Festival 2011

Dub Mafia will play Norwich Arts Centre o, May 13 bringing their seven-piece dance act that they say: “combines drum and bass, dub, dubstep, bashment, breakbeat and world music into an eclectic mix creating a diverse, upbeat and unique sound that makes any music lover want to move”.

The comedy schedule will also start at Take 5 on the same night with Andrew O’Neill, who appeared in Steve Coogan’s BBC cult comedy Saxondale.

Organiser Amy Wragg is determined to have a really strong local influence as well. She said: “I personally think Norwich has some fantastic performers, I have laughed myself silly many times watching local comedians, and we are trying to bring as much local talent together as possible to raise Norwich’s profile as a collective.

“I think Norwich is as good as anywhere and I think a lot of national performers are starting to see Norwich as a great place to warm up before going to more established places like Brighton and Edinburgh.

“Anyone who wants to get involved is more than welcome, whether it is stewarding, helping to set up, or a local business wishing to donate – we are completely unfunded and a non-profit-making organisation.”

There are still many more events to be announced for this year’s Fringe Festival and much of what has proved popular in recent years will also return.

Open-mic nights, performances in St Stephen’s subway and lots of artistic workshops will run again, and this year there is also set to be a fashion show, a “living poem” and an event where local bands cover each other’s songs called Norwich Covers Norwich.

To get involved, visit www.norwichfringefestival.com/default.aspx or email amy@norwichfringefestival.com

Are you organising a big event in Norwich? Contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or email david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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