Day 16

Norfolk & Norwich Festival does Radio Local: Saturday 23 May

Show off your jumble and get creative with the Radio Local Scavenger Hunt, thrash the competition with the help of your household in You Can Choose Your Friends But Not Your Family,  food packaging worker Goncalo reviews a delicious meal courtesy of Brick Pizza, we hear Maya Elphick talk about climate activism in Norfolk in Raves Not Rants, our friends at Future Radio are ready to compete in Making Words, we interview Norfolk & Norwich Festival Artist Norfolk born Oscar Jerome, we hear all about Great Yarmouth Local Legend Roberta Lovick from friend Kavouus Clayton, Odd Comic share another wonderful artist commission from their Kings Lynn Serenade series,  and Vic Melody takes over your airwaves for one last time to share snippets from Norwich’s thriving comedy scene.

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NNF20 Artist: Oscar Jerome

Rising through London’s rich and kaleidoscopic musical community, Norfolk-born Oscar Jerome has continued to stand out amongst the City’s colourful sonic tapestry. Despite training first in classical guitar and then jazz at London’s Trinity Laban music school, Oscar Jerome’s music isn’t your typical conservatoire jazz fare.Through the concentrated present tense of improvisation he finds “a way of understanding something greater than ourselves, a way to see a different perspective”.

Find out more about Oscar Jerome

Online Exclusive: Frisky & Mannish

Frisky & Mannish, pioneers of ‘popmusicy-seriocomic-mashparodic-stereophonic-LOUD-vaudevillian-sketchcabaret-throwbackcurrent-oldfangled-newfashioned-bapsbotty-infotainment’, were going to perform PopLab in the Adnams Spiegeltent as part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020. 

Get your Frisky & Mannish fix by checking out their YouTube channel or Podcast series which can be found on Soundcloud. 

Find out more about Frisky & Mannish

Hunt & Darton sat down with Matthew from Frisky & Mannish to talk about their musical infotainment. Listen to the interview below.

King's Lynn Serenades: Bramley's Favourite Place - The Guildhall

Bramley talks about The Guildhall.

Dot Howard and Holly Bodmer worked with young people from King’s Lynn to create King’s Lynn Serenades for their favourite local places. 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 ‘Kings 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.

Making Words: Future Radio

Future Radio’s own Claire Allen (Broadcast Assistant), Saffie Midgley (Drive Time Presenter) and Robbie Stevens (Robbie’s Roast Presenter and Radio Local Jingle Machine!) join Hunt & Darton to play Making Words.

The News

Hunt & Darton are joined by Lewis Buxton from Toast Poetry.

Lewis is a poet, performer and arts producer. He is director of Toast, and responsible for all funding applications and hosting Toast live events. He has performed in theatres and poetry festivals across the country, teaches creative writing in schools, and is a First Story writer in residence.

Toast, founded in 2016, makes live poetry events and workshops with some of the best poets in the UK. Their goal is to make engaging, entertaining events that bring new audiences and new poets together. 

Find out more about Toast Poetry

Local Legend: Roberta Lovick

Roberta is mother to Gorleston-born Louise Hamilton, who sadly passed away in 1998 at age 28, two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer. In her name, the people of Great Yarmouth and Waveney had been raising funds since 2006 to build the Louise Hamilton Centre (based at James Paget community hospital) which specialises in Palliative Care. The centre opened to the public in 2013, it offers much needed information and supportive care for everyone in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area who need advice and support from diagnosis, during treatment and into survivorship or through palliative care for any life-limiting or progressive illness. 

Louise Hamilton Trust

The Louise Hamilton Trust was set up with the aim of establishing a ten bedded unit providing end of life care to patients in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area of Norfolk, whilst continuing to support the Louise Hamilton Centre for palliative care.

The Trust raises funds through a variety of means, most notably by crafting knitted displays and and items that can be seen in shop fronts and stores in Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and touring venues across Norfolk. 

Inside the Great Yarmouth knitwear shop you will find a host of stunning knitted and crocheted displays, including a rotating grand display that could be an intricate garden feature including a koi pond (which took around 15 volunteers two years to make), an enchanted wood, a butterfly garden and even a replica of the Great Yarmouth seafront.

Since the knitting group began in July 2016, it has raised well over £60,000 for the Louise Hamilton Trust.

Raves Not Rants: Climate Activism in Norfolk

by Maya Elphick

The ground here is flat,
threatened by flood and
rolled out like pastry on a baker’s work surface,
beaten fluffy with air.
We must let it rise,
guided by the lift of gentle fingertips.
We are the earth’s lips,
standing on soapboxes
and swinging ratchet rattles
that rotate like wind turbines off the coast,
little clockwork toys
operated by something
as soft as a child’s breath.
We gather in the cold,
find warmth in the cocoon of the amphitheatre
and chant with wide jaws;
hold banners above our heads
to keep the sky from falling down on us.
We reject the recycled words of false leaders,
churning sentences like gravel in their throats
and spitting out pathways they expect us to follow.
We carve out our own route between
the weak trees bowing their heads
like whipped beasts,
the plants that grow and weave,
burning as they leave the dirt.
The fire of beautiful sunsets
is beginning to scorch the clouds
and the world is beginning to notice now.
This flat earth has grown tired
of being walked all over,
so we march lightly,
but loud enough to wake
those that sleep better in the dark,
under an ashen sky.

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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