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.
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.
The Eagle Has Two Heads.