News: Norfolk & Norwich Festival announces full programme for 2019

Norfolk & Norwich Festival has announced the full programme for its 2019 Festival (10 – 26 May). The vast and wide-ranging programme showcases artists from around the world and the region presenting a huge variety of work and events throughout the city and around the county, which spans performance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature, circus, outdoor and family events, includes world and UK premieres, one-off spectaculars, and a host of free events across the Festival.

Daniel Brine, Festival Director said: “The 2019 Festival will be my second as Festival Director, and my first full programme. As I get to know the rich cultural heritage of the city and county better from the people living here, I am also mindful of fast-paced changes occurring on a global scale, our relationship to the rest of the UK, Europe and further abroad. It’s been fascinating to work with artists to present work from the county and around the world in that context this year…It really is a treat to be part of this Festival of world class arts which will continue to grow year on year, presenting the people of Norwich and across Norfolk with fun and thought provoking work.”

Premieres include: News New News, a news show made for adults with the children of Norwich Primary Academy, recorded in front of a studio audience and broadcast live from Andy Field and Beckie Darlington; The Ladder, a new show from Hoipolloi presented alongside The Duke and ME & ROBIN HOOD to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary; Moliere Award-winner Victoria Thierrée Chaplin’s (Le Cirque Invisible) Bells and Spells, a wonderful and strange journey following an incurable kleptomaniac; Ray Lee’s sonic spheres in Congregation, taking audiences on a magical mystery tour of the city; Genevieve Lacey’s Pleasure Garden, a listening garden inspired by 17th century Dutch composer Jacob Van Eyck at Fellbrigg Hall; Johannes Bellinkx’s Reverse – a unique walking tour of the city – backwards; Stopgap Dance Company’s Frock & Frippery, a dance riot celebrating self-identity; Curious’ Wild Longings, a luscious garden tour created specially for The Plantation Garden; Hannah Jane Walker’s highly anticipated new show Highly Sensitive, using games and poetry to investigate toughness and weakness.

Further Festival highlights include: Adelaide based, internationally renowned contemporary circus company Gravity & Other Myths present their multiple award-winning production A Simple Space in Norwich for the first time, to headline The Adnams Spiegeltent; in Tenebrae’s fifteenth year, a unique new choral work from Owain Park forms the central element to their Cathedral concert; Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight at Norwich Theatre Royal; one of the UK’s most outstanding jazz talents, Norfolk-born Kit Downes performs solo organ at St Peter Mancroft; seminal hip-hop dance company Boy Blue present universally acclaimed and Olivier Award-nominated Blak Whyte Gray; the third year of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists; Thomas Adès and Britten Sinfonia will return following their sell-out performance of Beethoven’s Symphonies 2017 and 2018, concluding their season with a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; universally acclaimed Gandini Juggling’s Smashed; and the Adnams Spiegeltent Lates programme including cabaret, sell-out superstars Johnny Woo and Le Gateau Chocolat; music from Nakhane, Afriquoi and Hannah Williams and the Affirmations; a programme of free daytime events for all the community.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival shares exceptional arts experiences across East England. The Festival collaborates with artists – from down the road and around the world – to explore the unique physical and cultural identities of the city and country and to make art which is contemporary, international and audience-centred.

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Photo credit: Steve Ullathorne


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