Norfolk & Norwich Festival does Radio Local: Sunday 17 May
Test your discovery skills with the Radio Local Scavenger Hunt, we are joined by The Garage for an exclusive guest challenge in You Can Choose Your Friends But Not Your Family, we hear an artist commission from Lewis Wickwar as he explores Diss Organ Festival, we chat to the terrific folk singer-songwriter Grace Petrie live on air, Lesley Hayward Mudge gives us the inside scoop in her Live Report, we are blessed with a second dose of artistry with a catch up with Norfolk & Norwich Festival veterans and for Artists 2020 Stopgap Dance about their film Artificial Things, we dig into a wholesome meal from Namaste with key worker Dora, we have music guru and Norwich Local Legend Richard Shashamane in the hot seat, and the wonderful Peggy Hughes from National Centre for Writing joins us to talk about the Norwich City Of Literature Weekend, and the National Centre for Writing’s digital creative programme.
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Dance Challenge with The Garage
Our friends at The Garage are experts at keeping boredom at bay and have recently moved their programme online – you can take part all from the comfort of your own home. From street dance to theatre, Zumba to music, there’s something for all ages and abilities!
Finn Doherty is a young singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Although his musical background was originally based on Traditional Irish Music, Finn began writing music at the age of 7 after having several guitar lessons, and recorded an mini-album on his lodger’s laptop at the same age. Finn has since developed a dynamic and ambitious sound that combines Hip-Hop with landfill indie rock and acoustic soul, assembled with a DIY approach.
In May 2018, Finn debuted a new single, Feel so Good, followed by his mixtape The Choice That You Made in June. Off the back of this record, Finn and collaborator Ben James played live sessions for BBC Introducing and GAK, in addition to a long run of shows that included opening up for acts like Hobo Johnson and the Lovemakers.
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NNF20 Artist: Grace Petrie
Grace would have performed in the Adnams Spiegeltent on Tuesday 19 May as part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020.
Grace Petrie is a folk singer-songwriter from Leeds, who describes herself as a ‘socailist, feminist, lesbian, left wing protest singer’. She has been writing, recording and touring relentlessly for ten years, and her unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over audiences everywhere – across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes.
StopGap Dance: Artificial Things
StopGap Dance Company would have returned to the Festival for the third year for a screening and Q&A of their award winning film Artificial Things.
Artificial Things won the ‘Best Screen Choreography for over 15 minutes’ category at dancescreen 2019 in Wuppertal, Germany. In this fluid dance film, director Sophie Fiennes collaborates with choreographer Lucy Bennet to reimagine Stopgap Dance Company’s performance piece Artificial Things.
Stopgap Dance Company create exhilarating dance productions for national and international touring. They employ disabled and non-disabled artists who find innovative ways to collaborate. Stopgap value a pioneering spirit and are committed to making discoveries about integrating disabled and non-disabled people through dance.
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Dora McKay, who works at Tesco, reviews food from locally-valued restaurant and Norfolk & Norwich Festival resident food vendor, Namaste.
“We are very thankful to NNF due to their proactive approach & innovative idea of going on with some sort of activity for local business & our local community. We are also preparing lots of meals for our frontline workers which people can approach us to contribute. We are in it together. Namaste”
We join the the Baker Family for some of their dinnertime chat!
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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.
Over the years he has made films with people of all ages and abilities. He works as collaboratively and informally as possible, using equipment that is accessible and tactile. Acknowledging that the film industry is a competitive place, Lewis offers an opportunity for beginners to explore the medium in a freer, less pressured environment where there’s room for trial and error. He encourages people to mix film, animation and special effects techniques to express themselves and enjoy seeing what weird and wonderful results they can come up with.