The Hostry Fes­ti­val

From world class art to Nor­folk pre­mieres, this year’s Hostry Fes­ti­val in Nor­wich is cel­e­brat­ing its fifth an­niver­sary in style

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It started life as a sin­gle play, breath­ing artis­tic life into one of Nor­wich’s most stun­ning new build­ings. This month, the Hostry Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates its fifth birth­day as one of Nor­folk’s pop­u­lar multi arts events.

This year’s fes­ti­val fea­tures a di­verse pro­gramme of mu­sic, art and theatre which will trans­form Nor­wich Cathe­dral’s Hostry for two very spe­cial weeks.

“Ini­tially, the idea was just to find some­where to stage The Night Of The Iguana by Ten­nessee Wil­liams - a play that I had wanted to put on in Lon­don be­fore I re­turned to Nor­folk 10 years ago,” says founder and artis­tic di­rec­tor Stash Kirk­bride

“To­gether with my old friends Pe­ter Bar­row, Re­becca Chap­man and Pe­ter Beck, we be­gan look­ing for a venue. The Hostry had just been opened by The Queen and it re­ally was the most beau­ti­ful Nor­folk build­ing. It just seemed the per­fect place to host arts events and the chal­lenge of turn­ing it into a theatre for a play was in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing.

“It was such a suc­cess we de­cided to turn into an an­nual event. It is very much a Nor­folk fes­ti­val; we cel­e­brate lo­cal tal­ent, we en­gage closely with lo­cal busi­nesses and projects and there are more than 100 vol­un­teers who make it hap­pen. It gives peo­ple great ex­pe­ri­ences and the chance to learn more about theatre and the arts.”

The key strands of the fes­ti­val are the Nor­folk Arts Awards, which cel­e­brate the best cre­ative en­deav­our in the county; the Paint Out Nor­wich com­pe­ti­tion, which will see artists from all over the world take to the city streets to cre­ate some very spe­cial works of arts; and a se­ries of per­for­mances from To­tal En­sem­ble Theatre Com­pany.

“To­tal En­sem­ble is so very in­spir­ing and we are de­vel­op­ing it more and more,” says Stash. “It is in­cred­i­bly in­clu­sive, work­ing with peo­ple from all sorts of back­grounds and abil­i­ties, in­clud­ing those with ad­di­tional ed­u­ca­tional needs. Their achieve­ments are just incredible and the ben­e­fits for all those tak­ing part are enor­mous.”

This year’s pro­gramme also in­cludes the pre­miere of the Lady Mac­beth Opera, a per­for­mance by jazz mu­si­cian Laura White; Cham­ber Orches­tra Anglia; Adrian Wright per­form­ing Spread A Lit­tle Hap­pi­ness, and lit­er­ary events.

“It is im­pos­si­ble to pick a high­light, but I per­son­ally am very ex­cited about Mahler’s Con­ver­sion, a Nor­folk pre­miere, by Ron­ald Har­wood. The play is in­cred­i­bly up­lift­ing, in­tel­lec­tual but ac­ces­si­ble, telling the story of the loves and life of Gus­tav Mahler and his strug­gles with re­li­gion and his re­la­tion­ships with Gus­tav Klimt, Sig­mund Freud and other artists. It will be very, very spe­cial.”

To­tal En­sem­ble Theatre Com­pany who are at this year’s Hostry Fes­ti­val

Laura White, per­form­ing at this year’s Hostry Fes­ti­val

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