Day 10

Norfolk & Norwich Festival does Radio Local: Sunday 17 May

Get your pens at the ready! We’re kicking off with another round of Scavenger Hunt, and bringing some healthy competition straight to your household with You Can Choose Your Friends But Not Your Family, hear ‘A Rave About My City’ by Rosa Cooper-Davies, Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020 Artists Anatomical join us to tell us all about their Buildy Uppy Dance Show, we hear The News hot off the press from Alex Wilkins, we talk about the weather while having a meal with the Bentleys in an episode of The Family,  we kick off a fantastic series of artist commissions about Diss from Lewis Wickwar with an interview Jonny Ling about the fantastic Diss Organ Festival, and we are joined by Karen Childs, representing Local Legend & maritime artist Ernie Childs & The Ernie Childs Project.

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NNF20 Artists: Anatomical

Anna Williams and Tom Roden from Anatomical are joining Hunt & Darton on the show.

As part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival Garden Party, Anatomical were going to perform The Buildy-Uppy Dance Show.

The Buildy-Uppy Dance Show is a participatory theatre and dance experience for both children and adults. Let imagination run riot as hundreds of boxes are built, stacked, squashed and rebuilt to create an enchanting, every-changing landscape to accompany their engrossing tale. A tale in which the strongest thing we can build is friendship.

Find out more about The Buildy-Uppy Dance Show

The Family

We join the Bentleys – A discussion about the weather – did it thunder last night?

The News

We are joined by Alex Wilkins, who has been a Norfolk & Norwich Festival Volunteer for 10 years.


Local Legend: Ernie Childs

Ernie was a local maritime artist and icon of Great Yarmouth, described as ‘the sort of person that everyone wanted as a friend and he wanted to be everyone’s friend’ and as representing ‘the goodness of Yarmouth.’ Ernie was well-known and beloved by his family and the local community, and is greatly missed by them since his passing in September 2019. 

His wife Karen Childs and friend Charlie Wilson have set a project to commemorate his life and achievements, called The Ernie Childs ‘Born in a Bucket’ Project.

Find out more about Ernie Childs

Artist Commission: Introduction to Diss Organ Festival

Interview with Jonny Ling:
Jonny is the Event Organiser of Diss Organ Festival, the biggest celebration of mechanical music in the UK. He is also the owner of The Grange Musical Collection, one of the UK’s largest and most diverse collections of self-playing instruments.

Lewis Wickwar is a filmmaker and freelance arts worker. The aim of his pieces from Diss Organ Festival is to create a soundscape which evokes the feeling of walking around the festival, meeting some of the characters and hearing some of the instruments which you’d typically hear if you attended, and to find out a bit more about the culture. He would like to thank Jonny Ling for letting him focus on his festival, James Dundon for donating a huge selection of audio material from his archive and Iain Lowery for helping to edit and then mix the pieces.

Find out more about Diss Organ Festival

Raves not Rants: My City

by Rosa Cooper-Davies

I’ve not lived in Norwich very long. Coming up to three years in September. But I’ve made my life here. I remember the first time I ever came to Norwich. For a job interview. I had been on so many interviews all over the country, that it felt like just another disappointment waiting to happen. I had struggled with unemployment for a year and a half before I was chosen for this job. Just nine days before my 26th birthday, I found out that it was quite the opposite. A new beginning for me, to start doing something I loved in a new place.

Finding a place to live proved to be more difficult, as my hometown is over five hours away via train, and I don’t drive. Thankfully, I had some friends who already lived here and they let me crash on their living room floor in their flat. Not knowing this wonderful city, while looking to build a life here was like looking at somewhere completely alien to me, from the outside in. All the little things about Norwich that I was going to learn- where the best places to get lunch were, which bars have my favourite kinds of gin, where has a nice beer garden, who my friends are going to be. All of this felt like… a bubble. A simulation, where I had to work out what was going to happen, but also to MAKE it happen. Norwich welcomed me. And I welcomed Norwich. Full steam ahead for my new Norwich life!

I love it here. I go everywhere on my bicycle. It’s green and has a basket on the
front, with a bell and a horn. The wheels have lightning bolts on- obviously because it makes the bike go faster. My partner calls it “The Rosamobile” Nearly everywhere I go I cycle, because it’s so flat here! People who’ve lived here all their lives tell me “It’s not THAT flat” but it is to me. For a while I lived in the Lake District, and I could see Helvellyn outside my window. A little thing like Grapes Hill isn’t going to put me off! I’m NORTHERN! Cycling is so much faster than walking (quelle surprise) and whenever I’m walking I feel like I’m moving at a snail’s pace. Unfortunately for me, my partner isn’t a fan of cycling. So whenever we go anywhere we walk together. And that’s the only time that I find walking bearable.

Norwich isn’t just a city to me anymore. It’s MY city. Where my home and my life are. Where my work and my passions are. Where I can be the most fulfilled version of myself, and make art and write and sing and play music. The creativity of this city is palpable. Even in this lockdown, I see people creating and doing and sharing- and even though I’m struggling to get creative for myself, I can see that it is still possible. I’m in the place where I belong. And I’m not looking from the outside in anymore. I’m looking from the inside out.

Festival Futures – Arts make life better

Norfolk & Norwich Festival brings tens of thousands of people together in celebration – it has been doing this for 250 years. Through our May festival and our arts education work, we lead and support celebration, creativity and curiosity in communities across Norfolk.

This year we launch a giving campaign, Festival Futures, to help ensure we continue this work for future generations.

2022’s campaign focuses on ‘Tomorrow’s World’ – the participants, audiences and artists of the future. We aim to raise £20,000 towards our Take Part: Schools programme and towards a range of programming at 2022’s Festival that provides participation and showcase opportunities for young people and early-career artists.  We believe that participation in the arts can increase confidence, creativity and academic results and that by creating performance and commissioning opportunities for the next generation of artists, we are ensuring the future of Norfolk & Norwich Festival. We need your support.

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