Did you see the opening of the Norfolk and Norwich festival last week? We were lucky enough to be able to watch the dress rehearsal from the VisitNorwich office window, and hear Transe Express rehearsing in the room next door! The event drew about 10,000 people into Norwich city centre, and it was so nice to see the city with such a party atmosphere. So what's on this week?
Title image: Belly of the Whale by Ockhams Razor - The Garden Party NNF18
Festival Tickets still available...
Continuing the festival theme, there are still a few events with tickets left! The Adnams Spiegeltent is now up, which - if you haven’t seen it before – is beautiful. It’s temporarily installed in the corner of Chapelfield Gardens, and is a big wooden art-nouveau travelling tent complete with stained glass and mirrors everywhere. Plus, there’s an outdoor bar right next to it…
If you’re feeling impulsive, there are still tickets to see classical/jazz/psychedelic band House of Waters at the Spiegeltent tonight (Thursday 17th) at 10pm. Tickets for that are £15. On Tuesday the 22nd, enjoy a talk by acclaimed US crime writer Jeffrey Deaver, as he promotes his new book ‘The Cutting Edge’ Jeffery Deaver is the mind behind the Lincoln Rhyme series of books, including ‘The Bone Collector’. Plus, visitors to this talk will also be the first to hear the line up of the Noirwich crime writing festival! Tickets for this are £12.
And something for the kids this weekend!
And the Adnams Spiegeltent is not all for adults either – this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday, Kid Carpet & the Noisy Animals will be bringing music, comedy and theatre for a ‘Noisy Holiday’ at the Spiegeltent – a nonsense show for all the family! Tickets for this are £7 each, and the show will be going on during the fun (and free!) Chapelfield Garden Party, which is on all weekend and features circus acts, puppetry, illusions and street food!
Celebrate Norwich Market #1
Away from the festival – although still in the city – we’re celebrating Norwich Market from the 17th until the 31st of May, as part of the ‘Love your Local Market’ campaign. You might have seen Norwich Writer’s Circle on pop-up stall 15 today, and from Monday until next Thursday, City College will be running a youth market on stalls 12 -15. They will be selling cakes, pastries, cards and stationery all made by the students at the college, and proceeds will go towards the City College end of year trips. There’s lots more planned for next week too, so stay tuned for updates! Need a quick guide to our favourite food stalls? Read our blog on 'how to eat your way around Norwich Market' here!
Did you watch MacMafia?
The journalist and author behind the Sunday night BBCTV hit is set to share his story and knowledge of international crime during a visit to Norwich Theatre Royal, on Friday 18th May! Misha Glenny wrote McMafia, the TV hit which is watched by millions and stars the highly-regarded James Norton who stars in a number of small-screen hits including Happy Valley and Grantchester.
A passionate and humous speaker, Glenny has travelled the world to expose the often-invisible super-smart criminals that populate his writings and broadcasts. This is a rare opportunity to hear a true expert take you into the minds of his underworld subjects and as executive producer and script consultant on the TV series, a chance to discover what it took to bring his extraordinary cast of characters to life on the small screen. There will also be a book signing after the event!
Tickets: £9.25 - £18.50 - book here!
If you're out towards the Broads...
Out of the city, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden looks beautiful at the moment, and has just opened a small provisions shop in it’s tearoom selling ‘essential essentials’. So if you’re staying or holidaying out towards the broads, make sure you stop off for a lovely day out in the garden, and some bread and milk too!
With the arrival of the spring, a visit to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden should be on your list if you're an outdoorsy type. It is home to 130 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, water gardens and a private broad at South Walsham in the Norfolk Broads, 9 miles from Norwich. You'll find over three miles of easy woodland walks with superb views, plus at the moment there are daily boat trips (additional charge) where you can do some birdwatching!
And a landmark exhibition at Norwich Castle
Lastly, if you haven’t seen it already I really recommend that you go and see Visible Women at Norwich Castle, which is free with admission to the Castle (£9.50 for adults, and £8.10 for children). It is brilliant.
Following new research, it was discovered that of a total of 3440 artists represented in the fine art collection at Norwich Castle, only 262 are women. This equates to only 7%! In this landmark exhibition, art made by women is brought together from Norwich Castle’s modern and contemporary collection. It’s a really great journey through the different roles and identities assumed by women. My favourite piece is ‘Fading to Silver’ by Sally Hewett – a radical stitch and embroidery artist who creates fleshy textiles based on the female form. Her piece at the castle is soft and surprising, where stretch marks on a woman’s stomach are depicted as delicate silvery lines. It’s very impressive visually and emotionally, too.
Find out more in last week's blog post about '100 years of women's suffrage in Norwich'.