What’s on at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2019?

A Simple Space, at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival (photo: Chris Herzfeld)

A Simple Space, at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival (photo: Chris Herzfeld) - Credit: Archant

Singing, dancing, music and laughter, acrobatics, dramatics and operatics – the Norfolk and Norwich Festival is here

The streets and buildings of Norwich will be alive with a kaleidoscope of performances from around the globe during May.

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival has a packed programme of events including music, dance, theatre, comedy, street performance, arts workshops, literary talks, author events, children’s shows and pretty much everything in between.

Watch daring tightrope walker Chris Bullzini cross the city high above the streets accompanied by a remarkable live soundscape as part of an exhilarating free launch party on May 10, see Grammy Award-winning musician Chilly Gonzales showcase his extraordinary piano playing on May 15 and listen to the queen of British soul, Beverley Knight, perform in a very special show on May 18, both at Norwich Theatre Royal.

Once again, the Adnams Spiegeltent in Chapelfield Gardens provides an eclectic mix of entertainment - Olivier Award-winning star Le Gateau Chocolat is joined by alternative drag scene star Jonny Woo, to perform the raucous A Night at the Musicals on May 15 and 16 at 10pm; Mother’s Ruin, a historical and hysterical cabaret about gin, follows on May 22 and 23, at 10pm.

There is plenty on offer for families, from toddlers to teens, with performances workshops and interactive events – from a baby disco to the Chilli Kids dance class, as well as the usual Garden Party, a free day of entertainment in Chapelfield Gardens for the whole family.

And the festival doesn’t just start and end in the city, there are some events held further afield in the county, including at Houghton Hall and Felbrigg Hall.

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Writers Sarah Perry, Ali Smith and Kerry Hudson are among the authors taking part in literary events and keep an eye out on the streets of Norwich for the Talking Statues, brought to life by writers and actors including Stephen Fry and Olivia Colman, as they tell Norwich’s story.