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4 Things to do this week (and last chances to see!)

26 September 2017

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This week spend Saturday in the Caribbean; be in Munich by Thursday!

Title Image Credit: Josh Melling

 

The Three Musketeers – The Garage – 28th of September

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Expect romance, risk, swashbuckling and scheming in this performance of perennial family favorite, the Three Musketeers. Join D’Artagnan and his friends Porthos, Athos and Aramis, in their quest against the villainous Cardinal Richelieu, presented to you by the Baroque Theatre Company.

This is perfect for families. Inventive stagecraft, witty dialogue and well-loved characters tell the story skillfully and maintain the audience’s rapt attention. In his struggles to join the Musketeers, D’Artagnan must learn that life – and love – is never simple, but with him all the way are his friends risking all for country and comradeship! There will be action and romance galore in this specially commissioned production – a wonderful evening out. 

 

African & Caribbean Market - 29th & 30th Sept

African and Caribbean market at the forum

We’re very excited that Norwich Global Village Market is bringing the spirit of Africa and the Caribbean to Norwich this weekend!

As I write this, Google tells me it’s the Autumn equinox which means that it’s definitely risky to dry your laundry outside now, and it’s sock weather again. But inside the Forum on Saturday and Sunday experience the warmth of Africa & the Caribbean at the market, celebrating the diversity of this lovely corner of the U.K. There will be an array of indoor stalls, and on offer will be crafts, fashion, beauty, homewares, henna, rum (!) and more!

On Saturday the market extends outside with an African & Caribbean street food market, music and dance, and face painting! Plus there will be a charity stall in aid of The Mudeka Foundation, supporting children in Zimbabwe, and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders).

The event is organised as part of Black History Month Norfolk, and all ages are welcome!

 

YolanDa Brown at the Arts Centre - 2nd October

Yolanda Brown

The infinitely soulful YolanDa Brown is now touring the UK with her latest album, ‘Love, Politics, War’ – an album for our times.

The British musician and master saxophonist (and pioneer of ‘posh reggae’), who’s garnered praise for her singular mix of jazz, soul and reggae, is performing at Norwich Arts Centre on the 2nd of October, and bringing with her the ‘heartbeat’ that she found in recording this album.

In the words of Yolanda herself, ‘Love, Politics, War’ has a twofold appeal: on one hand, it’s about the uncertain times of today’s global landscape, and was written with the events of the world stage in mind. On the other hand, it’s about each of our own loves, politics and battles – we can probably all identify with facing one at some point or other.

YolanDa’s debut album “April Showers May Flowers” was No1 on the iTunes and Amazon Jazz charts. She has toured with The Temptations, Diana Krall, Courtney Pine and Billy Ocean and collaborated with artists such as Mica Paris, Lemar, Matt Cardle, Reggae Legend Bob Marley’s son Julian Marley and as part of Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

Absolutely worth heading down to the Arts Centre on a school night for; we’re so excited for this one.

 

Oktoberfest at OPEN- 5th, 6th & 7th October

Promising to be ‘one of the biggest celebrations ever seen in our Fine City’, Oktoberfest is going to be a serious party, running over three days. There may or may not be lederhosen.

On offer will be a range of authentic German beers and quality food - including the world famous Bavarian bratwurst. Even non-beer drinkers are catered for, with a Prosecco Lounge set up serving glasses of fizz. Entertainment will be provided by classic German Oom-pah and Euro-Pop bands and much, much more. Incidentally, this is also probably the only party in the city where you won’t hear ‘Despacito’.

And even better, money raised from the event will be donated to the OPEN Youth Trust which enables the charity to offer a diverse range of different activities, most of which are free to attend, for young people aged from 7 to 25.

 Tickets for Thursday are still available via the OPEN website ; a limited number of tickets are also available for students, on the Friday and Saturday, purchasable via the UEA eventbrite.

 

This weekend is the last chance to see or visit many places and events around Norwich – here’s our shortlist:

Summer Crazy Golf Season ends Saturday at Eaton Park Crazy Golf. The fun starts at 10 am and the last round is 45 minutes before sunset (or 19:30, whichever is the earliest). Please note Crazy Golf will still be open weekends and school holidays. 

The Black History Month Art Show also closes on Saturday - curated by North Norfolk based Jamaican artist Danny Keen.  

Ashmanhaugh Light Railway sees its last journey of 2017 on Sunday. This miniature railway with steam, diesel and electric trains is utterly charming for all ages.  There’s free parking, refreshments, and costs £4 per person to ride all afternoon (babies go free). Event is weather permitting.

Rana Begum also finishes Sunday at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.  Rana Begum is one of the most exciting artists working in Britain today. She has completed commissions in Cambridge, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio and Kings Cross. I really recommend you see this.

Finally, the wonderful and highly commended Nelson & Norfolk at Norwich Castle closes Sunday too. I saw this exhibition last weekend and it is fascinating. Not only are there a lot of moving artifacts on show (the bullet that fatally wounded Nelson is a particularly gruesome relic), but what’s interesting is looking at this exhibition through today’s ‘celebrity’ lens. Nelson was the superstar of his day, and this exhibition tells the story of what that meant not only for the duration his life, but also for those closest to him. If you haven’t seen it yet you must go before the end of this weekend! 

 

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East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.

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