Arts & Culture
Preview: Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2009
Details of the 2009 Norfolk & Norwich Festival have been released, showcasing 16 days of dance, music, theatre, circus and cabaret.
The Norfolk & Norwich Festival takes place between 1-16 May, 2009, where Norwich will once again be transformed into a beacon of culture.
"In scale and ambition, this ancient festival is now one of the top five city festivals in the UK," said Jonathan Holloway, artistic director for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
One of the fresh changes to the 2009 celebration includes the Norwich Chapelfield Gardens being reinvented to house various contemporary art shows.
Some of the international stars that are coming to the city include contemporary composer Philip Glass. Philip will be performing his first UK solo show since 2007 at the festival and the event will be exclusive to Norwich in 2009.
Philip Glass will play an exclusive show
The line-up also includes UK jazz pioneer Courtney Pine and soul sensation Mica Paris.
Opening the festival this year will be two free outdoor musical-comedic performances by French-duo Ulik and Le SNOB outside The Forum on Millennium Plain.
Festival regulars The Voice Project Choir, based in Norfolk, will also be singing with young BBC award-winning UK jazz composer Gwilym Simcock in Norwich Cathedral on Saturday, 9 May, 2009.
"The cathedral is beautiful and I think the moment the choir arrive in it, the whole gear changes and the performers love the space," said Sian Croose, conductor of the choir.
"To actually stand at the altar end and sing down the nave is quite an extraordinary experience," she added.
Building on the strong popularity in 2008, the children's programme in 2009 is bigger than the festival has ever seen before.
The Garden Party on 9-10, May, 2009, at Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, will display various family frolics and the festival will also see variety in kid's standup from Ian Billings and a circus performance by Spanish trope Circ Panic.
Norfolk Open Studios
As part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2009, the Norfolk Open Studios once again takes place this year between 16-31 May, 2009, where some 250 local artists will hope to display their works of art to around 27,000 cultural enthusiasts.
In 2008, visitors bought an estimated £223,717 of work and commissioned 200 new pieces.
Vik Ellis prepares for the studios
"As a full time professional artist, Norfolk Open Studios is an important date on my calendar," said Vik Ellis, an artist from Norwich.
"It is by far the best way of reaching local art buyers and interested people, not just through visits to my studio, but also via broader events such as the taster exhibition," she added.
Events at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival will take place around many different venues in Norwich including Chapelfield Gardens, Earlham Park, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich Theatre Royal, St Andrew's Hall and Norwich Cathedral.
The festival runs from 1-16 May, 2009, with the Norfolk Open Studios following between 16-31 May, 2009.
For more details, visit the Norfolk & Norwich website:
last updated: 27/02/2009 at 15:46