Norfolk & Norwich Festival, the largest arts festival in the East of England and one of the four largest in the UK, has today [22 February] announced the full programme for its 2017 Festival (12-28 May).
The programme, which spans performance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature and events for children, includes world premieres, unique concerts and one-off events, including a number of free outdoor events across the festival.
Festival highlights include:
- an extraordinary choral sleepover from The Voice Project in The Arms of Sleep, which will give 40 audience members per night a bed and invite them to spend the night at the Assembly House, Norwich, for a brand new, specially-written 10-hour choral piece
- a new partnership with BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists, allowing festival-goers to hear some of the most exciting new classical a new partnership with BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists, allowing festival-goers to hear some of the most exciting new classical talent from around the world
- Luke Jerram’s latest large-scale public artwork, a giant inflatable moon featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, complete with deckchairs underneath allowing audiences to bathe in the moonlight
- the return of multi-award-winning performance poet Luke Wright with the premiere of his second verse play Frankie Vah, set against a backdrop of indie venues and 80s politics, after the sell-out success of What I Learned from Johnny Bevan
- Thrill Laboratory’s brand new VR playground, which will see sets of swings around the city, allowing audiences to don virtual reality headsets jump on a swing and enter a range of experiences from riding on the back of a mechanical jellyfish to sitting atop a giant robot
- Stormy: The Life of Lena Horne a world premiere production written by and starring Camilla Beeput under the creative direction of Clarke Peters, that celebrates the dancer, singer and activist in her centenary year; fiddler and singer Maarja Nuut
- a rare public performance from the Basement Jaxx singers and LaDonna Harley Peters, LaSharVu; Spring. Summer. Autumn. Winter, an epic quartet about the human life cycle comprising of live performance and film from internationally renowned theatre company Quarantine
- Adnams Spiegeltent headliners Casus Circus bring incredible acrobalance in Driftwood; Rear View, a world premiere on the streets of Norwich from IOU, who will take audiences on their custom made double decker bus in a quickly moving adventure led by poets Cecilia Knapp and Jemima Foxtrot
- Akram Khan Company take audiences from Britain to Bangladesh in the cross-cultural dance production Chotto Desh; a City of Literature programme featuring Will Self, Eimear McBride and Caroline Criado-Perez among others
- and a major new exhibition by internationally celebrated Turner Prize-winning British Landscape artist Richard Long.
Full information on all Norfolk &Norwich Festival and all events at www.nnfestival.org.uk