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7 things to see and do at Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2016

PUBLISHED: 10:03 17 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:14 17 May 2016

Elsie Dragon will be perfoming as part of the Garden Party in Chapelfield Gardens

Elsie Dragon will be perfoming as part of the Garden Party in Chapelfield Gardens

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Clear your calendar this month, as Norfolk and Norwich Festival returns for another year

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With its origins dating back to 1772, when a fundraising concert was held in Norwich Cathedral, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival returns in an explosion of imagination, talent and variety this month.

With support from Arts Council England, the festival has been able to maintain its drive for innovation and originality, and this year’s programme is no exception. Artistic director William Galinsky says that it is “not surprising that so many of our audience eagerly anticipate the festival programme each year”. This year’s programme includes a range of original commissions and productions, alongside numerous premieres and artists from many different art forms - there really is bound to be something for everyone to enjoy. Thanks to the support of sponsors, many of the events are free or very affordable, so there is no excuse not to dive in and enjoy all the festival has to offer.

Walk with me

May 13– October 30, Felbrigg Hall

The festival returns to the beautiful setting of Felbrigg Hall with a new type of event to stimulate your senses that has been created by Strijbos & Van Rijswijk. Experience a walkscape as you wander through woods and headphones provide a soundtrack of music, words and sound effects.

The Public jukebox will be appearing in various sites around Norwich during the festival, search it out and get passers by dancing to your favourite tunes.The Public jukebox will be appearing in various sites around Norwich during the festival, search it out and get passers by dancing to your favourite tunes.

Fri 13 – Sun 29 May, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm. Early evenings: Fri 13, Thu 19, Fri 20, Thu 26, Fri 27 May, 5pm & 6pm. Priority booking tickets are on sale for Walk With Me from May 13-29; for details of when more tickets are released check the website. Event runs: c. 90 minutes

The Story Machine

May 15, 12.30 & 7.30pm, Writers’ Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall

Create your own journey through the hallways, hideaways, gardens and cellars of Dragon Hall as you discover readings, installations and projections. Delicious street food pop-ups and bar available.

Tickets: £15 (limited number of £7.50 tickets for under 25s)

Writers' Centre Norwich is based at Dragon Hall.Writers' Centre Norwich is based at Dragon Hall.

Sans Objet

May 17 & 18, 7.30pm, Norwich Theatre Royal

In this futuristic amalgamation of man and machine, an enormous robot arm takes centre stage at Norwich Theatre Royal, alongside acrobatic performers Olivier Alenda and Olivier Boyer, testing the very definition of humanity. There will be a post show talk with Tristan Baudoin, who programmes and operates the robotic arm on Tuesday, May 17.

Tickets are £7 - £22, with a limited number of best available seats for under-25s priced at £7.50 (these cannot be booked online).

Wolf's Child performed at Felbrigg Hall for last years festivalWolf's Child performed at Felbrigg Hall for last years festival

The Garden Party

May 21 & 22, 11am – 5pm, Chapelfield Gardens

With extraordinary performances and entertainment for all ages, The Garden Party is the place to be during the middle weekend of the festival. Encounter a fire-breathing dragon made of scrap metal, experience vivid sound installations, marvel at a unique flying machine and enjoy circus, live music, dance and much more. All events are free, plus with food and drink available, you can make a day of it!

Visit the festival website, www.nnfestival.org.uk, for a more detailed programme of events.

Billy Bragg + Support

Far from the Norm will be appearing at the Garden PartyFar from the Norm will be appearing at the Garden Party

May 27, 8pm, Gt Yarmouth Hippodrome

As well as producing 15 studio albums over the past 30 years Billy Bragg has been a tireless live performer and activist. See him perform songs from his celebrated back catalogue in this unique setting.

Tickets are £25-15. A £6 return bus ticket can be booked through the box office

Mary English

May 28, 2.30pm, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Ages five-to-11

Mary English was a 19th century adventurer and businesswoman, whose letters form part of the National Archive and whose portrait hangs alongside other revolutionaries in the National Portrait Gallery. KinAesthetic Theatre Company has worked with Taverham Junior School to develop a show incorporating puppetry, visual theatre and original sound. This work in progress performance will be followed by a post-show discussion and feedback session, an opportunity to inform the final development of the show.

Performance runs 40 mins (no interval). Tickets £5

Faure’s Requiem by Norwich Cathedral Choir

May 28, 7.30pm, Norwich Cathedral

The soaring splendour of the cathedral is the perfect setting for music rooted in faith and sanctity. sit back and enjoy the boys, girls and men of the Norwich Cathedral choir as they present a programme of French choral and organ music.

Performance runs for .90mins (plus interval). Tickets £18-10

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