Singing, danc­ing, mu­sic and laugh­ter, ac­ro­bat­ics, dra­mat­ics and op­er­at­ics – the Nor­folk and Nor­wich Fes­ti­val is here

The streets and build­ings of Nor­wich will be alive with a kalei­do­scope of per­for­mances from around the globe dur­ing May.

The Nor­folk and Nor­wich Fes­ti­val has a packed pro­gramme of events in­clud­ing mu­sic, dance, the­atre, com­edy, street per­for­mance, arts work­shops, lit­er­ary talks, au­thor events, chil­dren’s shows and pretty much ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

Watch dar­ing tightrope walker Chris Bul­lzini cross the city high above the streets ac­com­pa­nied by a re­mark­able live sound­scape as part of an ex­hil­a­rat­ing free launch party on May 10, see Grammy Award-win­ning mu­si­cian Chilly Gon­za­les show­case his ex­tra­or­di­nary pi­ano play­ing on May 15 and lis­ten to the queen of Bri­tish soul, Bev­er­ley Knight, per­form in a very spe­cial show on May 18, both at Nor­wich The­atre Royal.

Once again, the Ad­nams Spiegel­tent in Chapelfiel­d Gar­dens pro­vides an eclec­tic mix of en­ter­tain­ment - Olivier Award-win­ning star Le Gateau Choco­lat is joined by al­ter­na­tive drag scene star Jonny Woo, to per­form the rau­cous A Night at the Mu­si­cals on May 15 and 16 at 10pm; Mother’s Ruin, a his­tor­i­cal and hys­ter­i­cal cabaret about gin, fol­lows on May 22 and 23, at 10pm.

There is plenty on of­fer for fam­i­lies, from tod­dlers to teens, with per­for­mances work­shops and in­ter­ac­tive events – from a baby disco to the Chilli Kids dance class, as well as the usual Gar­den Party, a free day of en­ter­tain­ment in Chapelfiel­d Gar­dens for the whole fam­ily.

And the fes­ti­val doesn’t just start and end in the city, there are some events held fur­ther afield in the county, in­clud­ing at Houghton Hall and Fel­brigg Hall.

Writ­ers Sarah Perry, Ali Smith and Kerry Hud­son are among the authors tak­ing part in lit­er­ary events and keep an eye out on the streets of Nor­wich for the Talk­ing Stat­ues, brought to life by writ­ers and ac­tors in­clud­ing Stephen Fry and Olivia Col­man, as they tell Nor­wich’s story. nn­fes­ti­

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