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Ten Norfolk and Norwich Festival highlights

PUBLISHED: 08:20 11 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:20 11 May 2018

The Transe Express drummers arrive at Norwich Railway Station to launch the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2018, surprising travellers. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Transe Express drummers arrive at Norwich Railway Station to launch the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2018, surprising travellers. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The Norfolk and Norwich Festival kicks off today and is bringing 17 days of weird and wonderful entertainment for audiences to enjoy. Arts correspondent Emma Knights looks at 10 highlights.

NNF18 - Transe Express. Photo: Ville de DijonNNF18 - Transe Express. Photo: Ville de Dijon

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Festival Launch

Norwich will be transformed into a fantastical open air opera house for the opening parade starting at Cathedral Close at 9pm tonight (May 11).

NNF18 - Transe Express. Photo: HervePetitbonNNF18 - Transe Express. Photo: HervePetitbon

Kumkum Malhotra: A Live Story

Preti Taneja’s award-winning novella set in New Delhi will be brought to life in Norwich Castle Gardens on May 12.

NNF18 - Kumkum Malhotra: A Live Story will be performed in Norwich Castle Gardens.
Image: supplied by Writers' Centre NorwichNNF18 - Kumkum Malhotra: A Live Story will be performed in Norwich Castle Gardens. Image: supplied by Writers' Centre Norwich

Britten Sinfonia

Britten Sinfonia will perform Beethoven at the Theatre Royal on May 27 and Alice Through The Looking Glass at the Playhouse on May 12.

NNF18 - Alice through the Looking Glass. Photo: Courtesy of Norfolk and Norwich FestivalNNF18 - Alice through the Looking Glass. Photo: Courtesy of Norfolk and Norwich Festival

The Paper Man

Norwich Puppet Theatre will host Improbable’s innovative new show looking at football, politics and the future from May 14 to 19.

NNF18 - Improbable's The Paper Man.
Photo: Camilla GreenwellNNF18 - Improbable's The Paper Man. Photo: Camilla Greenwell

Adnams Spiegeltent

The iconic festival venue is returning to Chapelfield Gardens from May 16 to 27 with circus show Shift and lots of late-night music.

NNF18 - Barely Methodical Troupe's Shift
Photo: Chris NashNNF18 - Barely Methodical Troupe's Shift Photo: Chris Nash

Mary Chapin Carpenter

The Stones in the Road singer and five-time Grammy Award winner will be taking to the Norwich Theatre Royal stage on May 17.

NNF18 - Mary Chapin Carpenter. Photo: Aaron FarringtonNNF18 - Mary Chapin Carpenter. Photo: Aaron Farrington

The Garden Party

Always a festival favourite, the free two-day event will see Chapelfield Gardens filled with quirky acts galore on May 19 and 20.

Ockham's Razor will be performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Photo: Mark Dawson PhotographyOckham's Razor will be performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Photo: Mark Dawson Photography

Three Cathedral Choirs

Norwich Cathedral Choir will be joined by singers from Ely and Peterborough cathedrals for a special concert at the historic city venue on May 24.

NNF18 - Norwich Cathedral Choir. Photo: Paul HurstNNF18 - Norwich Cathedral Choir. Photo: Paul Hurst

Wayfaring

Wells beach will be the setting for a week-long art project inspired by journeys and which will culminate in shows at sunset on May 25 and 26.

NNF18 - And Now's Wayfaring preimere at Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Photo: Nick ReadNNF18 - And Now's Wayfaring preimere at Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Photo: Nick Read

City of Literature Weekend

Norwich’s profile as a UNESCO City of Literature will be celebrated with a three-day festival in Chapelfield Gardens from May 25 to 27.

NNF18 - Ray Antrobus is taking part in the City of Literature Weekend. Photo: Naomi WoodNNF18 - Ray Antrobus is taking part in the City of Literature Weekend. Photo: Naomi Wood

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For more details of all Norfolk and Norwich Festival events, including ticket prices, event times and how to book, visit www.nnfestival.org.uk

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