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Streaming live from a shed in Sandon (Darton’s garden) and a workshop in Brighton (Hunt’s partner’s carpentry shed!) long live Radio Local as we speak to Festival artists and entertain you with all the usual features of Radio Local re-mastered for an online audience.

Broadcasting over Future Radio and online, we are building a show with local people over the phone, via Zoom workshops and through online local networks about the weird and wonderful places they live in and more aptly now – how they are living. Radio Local responds to people and place, witnessing this unprecedented time and celebrating people’s boredom.

Relive the Radio Local mayhem, listen back to the highlights, find out more about artists on the show, local legends and online exclusives!

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Norfolk & Norwich Festival does Radio Local Commissions

Lucia Scazzocchio: Audio Postcards from Great Yarmouth

Lucia is a sound artist, radio producer, community facilitator and educator- combining all of these skills by defining herself as a ‘Social Broadcaster’. Her mission is to use the magic of audio to retell and reimagine personal stories and social conversations for a fresh transmission of contemporary narratives. She achieves this by creating engaging participatory radio and audio experiences, skilfully crafted audio-scapes and devising imaginative on and off line broadcast initiatives. She also shares her skills and techniques via workshops and education programmes for both children and adults of all abilities.

Lucia conducted interviews with members of the community in Great Yarmouth in order to create ‘Audio Postcards’. Participants were asked to collect sound recordings of an area that had special meaning to them – this made up the visual/picture side of the postcard. Then they were asked to record a message similar to the written message on the back of a postcard. When combined the resulting product is an Audio Postcard – that captures the essence of people and place. 

Listen to Lucia’s Audio Postcards


Lewis Wickwar: Top of the Pipes

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.

Listen to Lewis’ Top of the Pipes


Odd Comic: 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.

Odd Comic is composed of cross-genre artists Dot Howard and Holly Bodmer, who have a passion for devising unconventional performance. They met as post-graduates at Dartington College of Arts in 2007, and now collaborate in Norfolk, sharing an interest in observational, sometimes humorous performance for intimate audiences in unusual spaces.

Partner Organisations: Kings Lynn Festival, SeaChange Arts, St George’s Theatre, The Corn Hall, The Workshop

Local Radio Partners: Future Radio, BBC Radio Norfolk, BBC Voices

Local Radio Partners: Park Radio, Harbour Radio, Hospital Radio Lynn

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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