Even during these difficult times, our friends at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival have still been working hard to bring the people of Norwich and Norfolk a virtual version of the festival.
The team at N&N festival worked hard with many different people to bring the locals of Norwich as many projects as possible. These included The N&N Festival does Radio Local with Hunt & Darton, a 17 day broadcast across 4 Norfolk radio stations and online. The team have quoted ‘During those 17 days we interviewed 21 artists, were joined by 17 Local Legends, and witnessed 16 News and Live Reports from true Norfolk locals. 9 key workers gave us mouth-watering food reviews from local businesses, and we got a glimpse into 10 Norfolk families’ dinner time conversations. We had 3 artist commissions created with 17 participants from Diss, King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth, and you showed us your best toilet paper stacking, puppet making, jingle making, soap opera writing and scavenger hunting skills!’ View the highlights here.
As many open studios had to close their studio doors this year, the N&N Festival team still wanted to celebrate them and the local art community by bringing Norfolk Open Studios into your home, online! During the 16 days of Norfolk Open Studios, Saturday 23 May – Sunday 7 June, over 50 artists across Norfolk opened their studios virtually, giving studio tours, art demonstrations, and letting us glimpse behind the scenes. They gave the audience an insight into their work, sharing their workspaces, techniques and experiences with us. From printmaking, woodworking and ceramics to soundwalks, automatas and much more. Explore the studios here.
Festival Bridge got involved with partners across Cambridgeshire to make Creating The Future Films. These films, focusing on interviews, features and panels with professionals in particular art forms are designed to inspire students and help young people gain insight into creative career options. The most recent series, released on 1 June 2020, profiles three professionals in the Art & Design sector, take a look here.
Festival Bridge also worked with Local Cultural Education Partnerships, 64 Million Artists, and Norfolk Museums to create a ‘Let’s Create‘ art inspiration pack. Our amazing on-the-ground distribution networks are delivering it to over 7,500 families who might not have access to digital resources. Print your pack here.
The Norwich & Norfolk are currently planning next years festival and the 250th anniversary in 2022, where they are working to adapt one other 250 projects – The Two Fifty. This project, appropriately in these troubled times, sets out to provide an enduring social impact on the country and establish a valuable new resource for our communities. This is being launched in the next few weeks time. Keep an eye on their socials and website for more news as it develops.
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