Festival Journey - Celebrations & Commemorations

From the death of the UK’s most notable playwright to the release of a cult film, join this journey if you want artistic events that connect with the past and celebrate achievement.

400 YEARS: THE TEMPEST

Across the nation in 2016, artists, critics and audiences will be acknowledging Shakespeare’s extraordinary and lasting impact on British theatre and culture in the 400th year of his death. At the Festival we will be bringing audiences a dynamic new production of the Bard’s last play The Tempest.

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100 YEARS: FIERCE LIGHT

14-18 NOW is an extraordinary programme of experiences that connects people with the First World War, using the transformational power of the arts to reflect upon its legacy 100 years later. In partnership with 14-18 NOW and Writers’ Centre Norwich, Fierce Light is a major commission that sees international poets and filmmakers respond to stories of the Great War and its legacy in the present day.

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60 YEARS: SUN RA ARKESTRA

A jazz institution, Sun Ra Arkestra have been playing, influencing and celebrating avant-garde jazz for 60 years; at their helm is 90-year old Musical Director Marshall Allen, who himself has been an integral part of the Sun Ra legend for 58 years. Sun Ra Arkestra play on the opening night of the Festival.

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50 YEARS: ALBERTO GIACOMETTI

Sculptor, painter and draughtsman Alberto Giacometti is one of the giants of twentieth century art, whose work held great influence amongst his contemporaries in Paris and had a significant  impact on British art in the post-war period. Featuring over 150 works by Giacometti and artists including Jean Dubuffet, Germaine Richier, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, a landmark exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts commemorates 50 years since the artist’s death.

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20 YEARS: IRVINE WELSH

Adapted from Irvine Welsh’s debut novel, Trainspotting started out as a cult movie that has seen lead actor Ewan McGregor, director Danny Boyle and its author become international stars. Twenty years after the films cinematic release, Irvine Welsh’s new novel The Blade Artist  revisits the infamous and terrifying Francis Begbie; now living a reformed life under the name Jim Francis. Join Welsh as he discusses his new novel and reflects on the impact of Trainspotting.

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