What's on where at Lord Mayor's Celebrations
PUBLISHED: 08:57 08 July 2011
Take 60 floats full of outlandishly costumed partygoers, some Take That hits and thousands of revellers. Mix them together and what have you got? Another weekend fun-filled Lord Mayor's Celebrations. Here is our guide to what's on and where.
Chapelfield Plain (6pm)
The bare necessities are all you need to take the children along to enjoy this Disney classic at this open air screening on the Chapelfield big screen.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Whiffler Theatre, Castle Gardens (7.30pm)
Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers gets a 1980s makeover with new romantic fairies and Sloane ranger lovers in this fast-paced adaptation by Paston College’s Far East Theatre Company.
Gas Hill Gasp
Gas Hill, Thorpe Hamlet (7pm-9pm)
The return of the infamous Gas Hill Gasp, nearly 10 years after the cycling event was last run. The Gasp has been around since the 1940s as classic hill climb time trial. Dozens of uphill cyclists with calves of steel will take on one of the city’s steepest hills. The men’s event will see heats of four racing to the top of Gas Hill. Organisers are hoping for a crowd as big as 2,000 to watch what will truly be a battle of the fittest as the winner will have had to make it to top of the hill five times.
Lord Mayor’s Animation Celebration
Chapelfield Plain (10am-4pm)
Back-to-back animations made by local people and groups shown all-day on the big screen outside Chapelfield.
St Georges Plain/St Georges Street (1pm-4pm)
Get creative, have a go at hula hooping and enjoy storytelling at the children’s corner with a whole host of kids activities.
The Lord Mayor’s 5km Classic Road Race
Norwich City Centre (4.45pm)
From Norwich Cathedral to St Stephens Street, this 5km road race, first staged in 1996, attracts the best quality field for an event of its kind in the region. Watch the red-faced but determined runners start to arrive back through the city centre from about 4.45pm. More details visit: www.conac.org.uk
Lord Mayor’s Street Procession
Newmarket Road to St Martins Palace Plain (5pm)
Norwich’s unique parade is a fusion between Caribbean carnival and English procession. More than 60 floats will be taking part this year. Expect the usual fantastically outlandish costumes, gymnasts, dancers, big sounds, all winding their way through the city centre to the rhythm of the drums. Why not get into the fiesta fever by dressing up yourself? Bang the drum, blow that vuvuzela and get dancing!
Norwich City Concert Band
Gentlemans Walk (6.30pm-8pm)
The brass band put in a special open air performance featuring classical show music and marches.
Chapelfield Gardens (11am-10pm)
Thrills, spills and the opportunity to hook-a-duck and have your fortune told as the funfair rolls back into Chapelfield Gardens. Featuring an 1890 traditional carousel, dodgems, flying ‘chairoplanes’ and a helter skelter, there will be a mix of classic funfair rides and traditional fairground stalls, plus the chance to stuff yourself silly on candyfloss.
Chapelfield Music Stage
Chapelfield Gardens (1pm-10pm)
■ 1pm-4.30pm — BBC Norfolk Introducing will be showcasing local bands for an afternoon of the best of Norwich’s up-and-coming bands. It is the third year that the radio show — which supports unsigned and under-the-radar music from across the county — has curated a showcase for the celebrations and this year’s line-up looks to be the best yet. Among those taking to the stage will be indie-pop outfit Bearsuit, fresh from a prestigious date at Spanish music festival Primavera, and Twisted Piglet, finalists in band contest DISScovery and soon to play dates with pop icon Lulu. Others performing include Cakes and Ale and We Can’t Dance.
■ 5pm-6pm — Described as ‘handmade hip hop blues soul’, London’s Belleruche have a distinctive sound: think Sarah Vaughan, Django Reinhardt and Cut Chemist stuck in a lift with a sampler. The trio — Kathrin deBoer (vocals), Ricky Fabulous (guitar) and DJ Modest (decks) — the band signed to respected Brighton label Tru Thoughts in 2007 and their debut album, Turntable Soul Music, was released to admiring reviews both at home and abroad and becoming the fastest-selling debut album in the label’s history. If Lamb and Portishead are your thing, then Belleruche will be right up your street; pure soulful jazz with scratch and textures aplenty.
■ 6.30pm to 7.30pm — Kasaï Masaï are a five-piece band led by London-based Congolese singer, songwriter, drummer and dancer Nickens Nkoso. The outfit, consisting of d’jembe, guitar, saxophone, bass and drum, give a contemporary twist to the traditional sound of remote equatorial African villages. To add that extra exotic touch they are also joined occasionally by a balafon player, an MC and o female dancers. Incidentially they are named after a river, the Kasai, that lies in the heart of the rain forest where many tribes such as the Pygmies still maintain their traditional lifestyles.
■ 8pm to 10pm — While tickets for the Take That tour may have sold out within minutes, Norwich fans of the boy band are in for a treat. Tribute performers The Magic of Take That will take to the stage complete with sing-along hits spanning Patience, Back for Good, Greatest Day, Never Forget, Relight my Fire and How Deep is your Love. Whether you’ve still got that crush on Gary or Robbie has regained your soft spot, the show is set to feature a cast of expertly choreographed and talented singers, true-to-life vocals plus special effects. In fact, Jason Orange himself was impressed, saying: “They were brilliant, better than us…they had the mannerisms, they had the outfits, the haircuts. They were just all a bit taller, a bit more handsome and better singers and dancers!”
The Forum Music Stage
Millennium Plain (1pm-10.30pm)
An all-day eclectic mash up of up-beat performances outside The Forum. Everything from hip hop, beat-box and a musical theatre showcase from young performers from The Garage to award winning international opera and West End artist Benjamin Lake and unusual and spectacular spinning and turning dance performers Whirling Dervish. Dance performers will include modern Indian dancing with Bollywood Sparkles, the dancers and acrobats from Heather Milan School of Dance and ballet and contemporary dance from Slanted Dance. There will also be inventive and hilarious ventriloquism from Fusion before the evening gets a rousing finale from the ever colourful Norwich Samba.
Norwich City Centre (7pm-10pm)
This year the celebrations again features a fantastic line-up of street performers to amaze, delight and entertain. Some strange and fun acts and characters will be popping up including law-onto-themselves double-act The Wardens who have been empowered with the jurisdiction to enforce any rule or law they see fit. These may include: breathing too loudly, walking on the cracks in the pavement without a permit, wearing a loud shirt in a built up area or possession of an offensive child. In Brigg Street, The Human Dukesbox will be performing your favourite tunes, live and on demand. Watch out in Rampant Horse Street and outside City Hall, for Granny Turismo — Doris, Mary and Marge on their souped-up shopping trolleys. There will also be the opportunity to get your photo taken by 1950s style pap act Digital Paparazzi.
Fair and Fowl Finale
Gentlemans Walk (9.45pm)
An extraordinary processional street show that has been commissioned by Norwich City Council.The show has been created in collaboration with Tin House duo Tim Tracey and Ali MacKenzie and local artists and features EEA’s Gigantic mechanical creatures. From distant waters and faraway skies two ancient creatures leave the land of myths in search of a giant lost egg. Join their hunt as they converge upon The Egg – but what does it contain?
Norwich Castle (10.30pm)
Ooohhhh, ahhhh! The weather forecast is good, so this year we will hopefully be blessed with clear skies as the night is lit up. Spectacular, breathtaking, and set against the unmistakable backdrop of Norwich Castle, the firework display will light up the sky and be visible for miles around.
After Carnival Parties
Pirates of the Caribbean Night
Hog in Armour (7.30pm-12am)
Free entry for this special tropical extravaganza that will include a steel band to really get the carnival spirit going.
Karma Kafe (9pm-4am)
A touch of Brazilian mardi gras in Bedford Street for this special party night, featuring Pams PHunky, three rooms of music, Brazilian beers and cocktails. Free before 10pm, £3 after.
Meltdown Mardi Gras
The alternative Waterfront club night goes carnival. Prizes and discount entry for the best carnival costumes and lots of carnival giveaways. £4.50 entry, £3.50 students.
Great Norwich Duck Race
Lady Julian Bridge, Riverside (1pm)
The quacking good charity event returns this year, so make sure you’ve got a stake in a little plastic contender. Last year saw around 2,500 toy ducks take to the water of the Wensum as part of the Great Norwich Duck Race, a charity event to raise money for the 1st Norwich Sea Scout Group. This year organisers hope to get a lot more plastic competitors involved to help raise funds to build a new base at their Old Lakenham site. Organiser Jane Stafford, who is also the secretary of the Sea Scout’s fundraising project, said: “Last year’s race was fantastic. The race is worth about £5,000 of the £360,000 total we need, so it’s a big chunk, and will help us towards the project being underway in 2012.” Each duck costs £2 and there are prizes for the first four across the finish line ranging from £200 to £50. Some of the money raise will also go to the Lord Mayor of Norwich’s civic charity, which this year is Big C. Ducks are available from the Norwich Tourist Information Centre and in Chapelfield Gardens on Saturday. www.greatnorwichduckrace.blogspot.com
Bishop of Norwich’s Open Gardens
Bishop Gardens, Bishopgate (1pm-4.30pm)
Enjoy tea and cakes in the historic gardens that are opened to the public specially for the Lord Mayor’s Celebrations. Admission £3 (accompanied children and wheelchair users free).
Chapelfield Gardens (1pm-4pm)
Clowns, Punch and Judy, bushcraft, treasure hunting and much more to keep the kids entertained.
The Taming of the Shrew
Whiffler Theatre, Castle Gardens (3pm)
Heartbreak Productions celebrate 20 years of open air performances with this visit to the Whiffler Theatre with this Shakespearian comedy re-set in a Berkshire country estate on July 3rd 1928 – the day after the Reform Bill for Equal Franchise for Women had become law. Everyone wants to marry Bianca, but Bianca isn’t free to marry until her shrewish sister, Kate finds a husband. Through a series of introductions the challenge of taming Kate falls to Petruchio and a battle of wills ensues.
Eaton Park (3pm-5pm)
The 28-piece brass band will be playing traditional music in the bandstand of Eaton Park.
Norwich Pops Orchestra
St Andrews Hall (3pm)
Featuring music from some of the greatest modern musicals composed in the last 50 years, including substantial excerpts from Les Miserables, Chicago, Miss Saigon and Wicked, this concert by Norwich Pops Orchestra will feature a line-up of some of the region’s finest musicians. Joining the orchestra will be singers Holly Graham, Joe Ringer and Sarah Pryde, while among those playing will be ex-members of the BBC Big Band, Dragoon Guards and one member who played in the original productions of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon for many years in the West End. Tickets £15-£12, available from Prelude Records on St Giles.
Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre
Norwich City Centre (11am-7pm)
Norwich’s lanes is packed with independent retailers bringing the unusual, the unexpected and the hard-to-find to shoppers. They will be keeping the carnival atmosphere going with this special all-day fayre packed with a rich programme of entertainment, stalls selling food and crafts, a climbing wall, a mini-vintage fair, storytelling, poetry and music. Among the highlights will be a vintage bazaar at St Gregory’s Centre; live music in the garden of Norwich Arts Centre; Les Beaux Velos, local artists exhibiting their work from the basket of a bicycle; a poetry and spoken word stage at the Book Hive; and an after-fayre party with Bonanafana at The Birdcage with live music, dancing and DJs. www.norwichlanes.co.uk