The Spiegletent is an original Belgian wooden travelling tent meaning 'mirror tent' in Dutch and remains one of our most favourite places in Norwich come May. With only a handful of Spiegletents still in existence we feel especially lucky that one visits Norwich every year during the Festival.
If you love a bit of glamour, get excited by vintage and long to be transported to another, magical world then the Spiegletent is the venue for you. It's also a fab place to hang out with its cool bar and elaborate décor, so fitting for anyone with Festival Fever.
Tuesday 24 May
Irvine Welsh: The Blade Artist, 7.30pm, £14
Join acclaimed Scottish writer Irvine Welsh for a discussion on the legacy of his debut novel Trainspotting; a modern cult classic and major film described by The Times as 'the voice of punk, grown up, grown wiser and grown eloquent'. The Norfolk & Norwich Festival Adnams Spiegeltent is the perfect setting to revisit Welsh's darkly comic and ultraviolent cast of characters - including Francis Begbie, whose gruesome past comes back to haunt him in Welsh's latest novel, The Blade Artist. Book now - call 01603 630000.
Limited availability for 22, 23, 25, 26, 28 & 29 May, 7.30 pm
White Nights - sophisticated circus cabaret
Race Horse Company presents a sophisticated circus cabaret with White Nights. Be led into the night by soulful and mesmerising New York City singer and host Sophia Urista, while Race Horse Company's fearless Finnish circus boys pack in acrobatic skill on Chinese Pole, Cry wheel, gym balls, juggling and teeterboard. Dancer and wild child Iona Kewney completes this ensemble of delicious performers. Race Horse Company was born out of founding members Petri Tuominen's, Rauli Kosonen's and Kalle Lehto's desire to create raw and uncompromising contemporary circus; their ultimate objective is no less than to take over the entire world. Book now - call 01603 630000.
'This is circus completely outside the box' The Times
'Electric, wild and uncontrollable' The Guardian
23 & 24 May, 10pm
Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer
Penny Arcade is a force of nature. The former Andy Warhol Factory superstar and internationally respected writer, poet, actress, theatre maker and icon of artistic resistance presents Longing Lasts Longer. Edinburgh's double award-winning show from New York's undisputed queen of the underground turns contemporary stand -up on its head to create a crack in the post-gentrified landscape. Driven by her magnetic rock n' roll energy, Arcade's razor sharp satire is mixed live to euphoric soundscapes inspired by four decades of pop culture. Book now - call 01603 630000.
A passionate and exuberant performance where you can think, laugh and dance at the same time!
'It's a revelation that calls for a revolution' ***** The Adelaide Advertiser
'Bursting with energy...hilarity and pathos' ****** Edinburgh Evening News
'Exhilarating, passionate...A unique voice capturing the zeitgeist of a cultural genocide' ***** Stage
26 May, 10pm
FB Pocket Orchestra
Coming from diverse musical backgrounds, fb pocket orchestra share a common interest in early recordings of blues, ragtime and hot jazz, playing on a wide array of instruments including the banjo, cornet, harmonica, accordion, tuba, clarinet and violin. Working backwards from the 1930s they recreate original recordings and deliver unique arrangements of popular classics aiming to capture the acoustic sound of the past. Book now - call 01603 630000.
'This charming collection of songs will make you wish you had been born some 100 years ago' jazz fm
27 May, 10pm
From log-jammed busking on the New York Subway to supporting They Might Be Giants, Moon Hooch's thunderous tech-jazz and 'hit-and-run skronking antics' (Louder Than War) rammed their first London club gig last year. The word is out on this two saxophone and drums trio – a feisty take on minimalist techno, house and dubstep that guarantees dance floor action. Book now - call 01603 630000.
28 May, 10pm
La Chiva Gantiva
Founded by Colombian ex-pats, this energetic Brussels-based group combines the musical traditions of Colombia with funk and rock to create irresistible, festive, and carnival-like melodies. With members hailing from Colombia, Belgium, France, and Vietnam, La Chiva Gantiva embraces a rousing global sound, punctuated by driving percussion, Afro-Colombian rhythms, and lively horn riffs. Book now - 01603 630000.
'Frantic, good-time music' The Guardian
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