Cel­e­bra­tion of the arts brings big names and big tal­ent

The Hostry Fes­ti­val re­turns this Oc­to­ber with a col­lec­tion of top class events to en­ter­tain, en­gage and in­form.

Let's Talk - - HOSTRY FESTIVAL -

One of the coun­try’s best­loved ac­tresses, Os­car win­ner Hay­ley Mills will be talk­ing about her fas­ci­nat­ing ca­reer in film at this year’s Hostry Fes­ti­val in Nor­wich.

Hay­ley, whose film and TV cred­its in­clude Pollyanna, The Par­ent Trap, Whis­tle Down The Wind, The Flame Trees of Thika and Wild At Heart, has Nor­folk con­nec­tions as it hap­pens. She is the daugh­ter of Sir John Mills, who was born at the Watts Naval Train­ing Col­lege in North Elmham, and spent his early years at Bel­ton, near Great Yar­mouth. Hay­ley - who has be­come a pa­tron of the Hostry Fes­ti­val - will be ‘in con­ver­sa­tion with’ fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Stash Kirk­bride on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 29 at The Hostry, the light, bright and beau­ti­ful venue which is part of Nor­wich Cathe­dral.

The Hostry Fes­ti­val was launched seven years ago by Stash and co­founder and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Peter Barrow, and has grown into a warmly an­tic­i­pated an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of cul­ture. This year’s event runs from Oc­to­ber 15 to 29 and is de­scribed as “the au­tumn fes­ti­val of Nor­folk”. It brings to­gether the­atre, mu­sic, dance, vis­ual arts and ra­dio, and in­cludes Paint Out Nor­wich 2017, which is an am­bi­tious and ex­cit­ing live art ex­pe­ri­ence held over five days to show­case dozens of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional artists paint­ing ‘en plein air’ in the only ju­ried com­pe­ti­tion of its kind in the UK.

Also part of the fes­ti­val is The Nor­folk Arts Awards 2017 - a gala event cel­e­brat­ing the arts in the county, with 16 awards cat­e­gories. Other high­lights in­clude: BBC Ra­dio Nor­folk Live on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 3, with two Let’s Talk favourites, Stephen Bum­frey and Thordis Fridriks­son

The Dr David Starkey Lec­ture: Have We Been Here Be­fore? The Ref­or­ma­tion 500 Years On, Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 29

The Hostry Fes­ti­val Cen­tral Pro­duc­tion: The Ea­gle Has Two Heads by Jean Cocteau, from Mon­day, 23 to Satur­day, 28 Oc­to­ber.

Cur­tain Up on Sun­day, 15 Oc­to­ber - a mu­si­cal jour­ney through show­busi­ness with ac­tor Des­mond Bar­rit and broad­caster He­len McDer­mott.

Also on Sun­day 15, there will be a clas­si­cal con­cert with Nor­folk’s young emerg­ing mu­si­cians - with guest of hon­our, the ac­claimed cel­list Ju­lian Lloyd Web­ber.

There is also a wel­come re­turn of To­tal En­sem­ble The­atre Com­pany, many of whose per­form­ers have dis­abil­i­ties and who bring great tal­ent and cre­ativ­ity to their pro­duc­tions. This year the Nor­folk­based group is per­form­ing Boy in the Light­house on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 21.

The Hostry Fes­ti­val is held at The Hostry, Nor­wich Cathe­dral, be­tween Oc­to­ber 15 and 29, 2017. Pick up a fes­ti­val brochure for de­tails of all the events, call the box of­fice on 01603 598676 or look on the web­site at www.hostryfes­ti­val.org

To­tal En­sem­ble will be play­ing a big part in the Hostry Fes­ti­val again this year.

Matt Dart­ford. Photo:

The Ea­gle Has Two Heads.

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