Day 15

Norfolk & Norwich Festival does Radio Local: Friday 22 May

We dare you to disclose the odd bits and bobs around your house with our Scavenger Hunt, win the title of best household around in You Can Choose Your Friends But Not Your Family, we interview incredible Norfolk & Norwich Festival Artist and activist Javaad Alipoor, we are joined by Penelope Dent of Norfolk’s fabulous Over 70s for a Live Report, cracking duo Odd Comic deliver another Kings Lynn Serenade, we join The Pearsons for some family dinner natter in The Family, we hear from inspirational Local Legend Katy Jon Went, and Ben Craske from Archant comes to teach us a thing or two about being local in Teach Hunt & Darton.

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Can you find:
a pair of flipflops, something made of play dough, potato masher, something green, a shadow, a smiley face, something wet, a pieces of cheese, a puzzle piece, a pet

Head over to Hunt & Darton’s Jingle Shed and get creative, creating your own jingle which may even be featured on the show!

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Head over to Twitter and help us write a soap opera!
We’ve started with the first couple of lines and now it’s your turn to come up with the next line. We will retweet the winning line and our Radio Local Soap Opera should snowball into something beautiful from there!

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Online Exclusive: Tim Sandys

Hunt & Darton interview Artist Tim Sandys as part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival does Radio Local.

Tim Sandys associates his work with societal and civic structures. Using actions and interventions, he carefully identifies points of strain, failure or tension within city experience and exploits them. The application of his working methods reflect ethnographic or qualitative research without proselytising or conclusion.

Sandys employs actions and interventions that promote an exercise in empathy in the face of impersonal civilian trappings. These actions and subsequent artefacts tackle the negated status of the individual functioning in a societal context. Using both empowering and provocative methods, this practice flirts simultaneously with deviance and empathy.

Find out more about Tim Sandys

Tim Sandys: Cotard’s Subway. The artist wore a hidden body camera and filmed fellow travellers on the subway rail networks of Tokyo, Kyoto and New York. Filming was completed in New York two days before the lockdown was implemented and social distancing measures enacted.

Citizen – 200 iron-coated MDF containers containing unique contents – each attached to undersides of civilian vehicles by night – later recovered or unaccounted for.

Significance Quest – calico, steel, cotton, gunpowder

NNF20 Artist: Javaad Alipoor

Javaad Alipoor is an artist, director, writer and activist who regularly makes theatre with and for communities that don’t usually engage in the arts. He is Artistic Director of Northern Lines, resident of The Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio, a collaborator of The National Theatre’s Immersive Story Studio, a member of Arts Council England’s Northern Council, and was a founding trustee of Artistic Directors of the Future.

Javaad was due to perform Rich Kids at NNF20, the sequel to the award-winning The Believers Are But Brothers, and the second part of a trilogy of plays about how digital technology, resentment and fracturing identity is changing the world. Rich Kids is a play about entitlement and consumption, about how digital technology is complicit in social apartheid and gentrification, and the human problem of what successful and brutal people do with their coddled and useless children. 

Find out more about Javaad Alipoor

Teach Hunt & Darton: Local Recall Project

Archant’s Benjamin Craske teaches Hunt & Darton some local history with the Local Recall Project.

Local Recall is a new and innovative Archant project, backed by Google. The aim of the project is to make the old, dormant paper archives currently tucked far away from the public eye accessible to everyone. Those archives are a goldmine of information; we want the community to have full access to it, in the easiest way possible.

In the depth of Archant’s vaults sit hundreds of thousands of old newspapers covering over 150 years of local and world history. From the inception of the Eastern Weekly Press in 1845, the various Archant publications have covered everything meaningful, impactful, important and relevant that happened to our side of the world.

The project will provide public access to the local stories that still resonate today – online and via voice or chatbot search functions.

Find out more about Local Recall

The Family: The Pearsons

We talk condiments with the Pearsons.

King's Lynn Serenades: Kateryn's & Ramona's Favourite Places

Kateryn talks about her school, St Martha’s Catholic Primary School in King’s Lynn, and Ramona tells us about The Walks.

Holly Bodmer and Dot Howard from Odd Comic worked with young people from King’s Lynn to create King’s Lynn Serenades. Through a telephone conversation, participants were asked to describe their favourite places in Kings Lynn. From those descriptions, poems were made and then performed by participants with added sound effects from improvised instruments. The aim of the project was to celebrate heritage and place, using words and sounds to conjure those places without going to them. The resulting poems are collectively called King’s Lynn Serenades and together they take us on a surreal and imaginative tour of Kings Lynn from school to the swimming pool, the park and the guildhall, the walks and the fair.

King's Lynn Festival

Louise Benstead from King’s Lynn Festival join Hunt & Darton to share her favourite festival memory.

Celebrating 70 years of the finest music and arts, Kings Lynn Festival provides high-quality performances of classical music, recitals, choral performances, jazz music, talks, walks, exhibitions and films in Kings Lynn & West Norfolk. The Festival features internationally renowned performers and uses beautiful historic venues around the town, including England’s largest surviving Medieval Guildhall. The Festival’s ongoing success has helped establish King’s Lynn as a Festival Town, and is especially known for bringing new compositions to audiences as part of its broad programme of music and arts.

Find out more about King’s Lynn Festival

Live Report: Penelope Dent

Penelope is an Anglican Priest; she was ordained at Norwich Cathedral and was a curate in North Walsham. She returned to Norwich for her retirement. 

Penelope wrote a book in 2011 called ‘Interlopers With Lipstick’ is the compilation of a selection of published articles that she had written over the years. Proceeds from the sale of the book raised funds for St George’s Tombland (Church), Norwich.  

Penelope writes mostly on social and spiritual issues. She has also worked in historical aviation research as an Aviation Historian. She says there are sound links to tbe made between the sky and faith.  

She would like to mention Amy Johnson, because it is 90 years since she landed in Darwin Australia on May 24th 1930, the first woman to fly alone to Australia, having flown 11, 000 miles since leaving Croydon on May5th. “I wish everyone would raise a glass to celebrate her achievement at 3.57 pm on Sunday!”

Local Legend: Katy Jon Went

Katy Jon is writer, commentator, educator, speaker and activist.  They can speak half a dozen languages, and have worked as a photographer, taught theology, worked in PR and is now involved in the LGBTIQA+ activism, educating and training on gender, sexuality, mental health awareness and against all forms of stigma and prejudice.

Katy organises and hosts ‘A Respectful Conversation’ event in Norwich, which sees a panel of speakers representing the community discussing topics ranging from Gender, Representation, Brexit, Planet, Migration and various others. Each Respectful Conversation tackles one, one-word topic. The event is not a debate as there are no winners and losers but merely the chance for proper conversations to take place in a safe and respectful environment to enable a better understanding of all points of view.

Find out more about Katy Jon and their projects

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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