• NORFOLK & NORWICH FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES BRAND NEW FESTIVAL STAGE AND FIRST EIGHT SHOWS FOR 2020 AHEAD OF FULL PROGRAMME LAUNCH IN FEBRUARY
• INITIAL ARTISTS INCLUDE GRAVITY & OTHER MYTHS; FRISKY & MANNISH; CAMILLE O’SULLIVAN; JAVAAD ALIPOOR; NORFOLK & NORWICH CHAMBER MUSIC; NORWICH PHIL; BRITTEN SINFONIA; HUNT & DARTON
• 2020 FESTIVAL RUNS FRIDAY 8 MAY – SUNDAY 24 MAY 2020, PUBLIC BOOKING FOR FIRST SHOWS OPENS ON 14 NOVEMBER 2019

With the full programme for 2020 set to be announced in February, Norfolk & Norwich Festival have today announced some of the first shows to go on sale for next year’s Festival alongside a brand-new stage for the 2020 event and a new pop up box office at The Guildhall between 7 – 23 November. The 2020 Festival will once again take place over 17 days, this year from 8 – 24 May, with artists from around the world and the region presenting a huge variety of work and events throughout the city and around the county. Amongst the shows announced are a world-renowned singer, a live art programme on the streets of the city, award-winning circus, an outlandish pop music cabaret duo, a critical acclaimed play and three classical music events including concerts from the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music and Festival regulars Britten Sinfonia.

For the first time ever the Festival will run two stages in Chapelfield Gardens. Alongside the iconic Adnams Spiegeltent, much-loved Festival Bar and Garden Party, for 2020 there will be a brand-new Main Stage, a 500-seat pop-up venue hosting music, circus, cabaret and performance throughout the fourteen days.

Due to popular demand 2019 Adnams Spiegeltent headliners Gravity & Other Myths will return to present their boldest and most ambitious contemporary circus work yet Out of Chaos…. as the very first work on the new Main Stage. The award-winning internationally renowned company present hard-edged, explosive acrobatics where birth, death and primordial physics collide with intimate verbal confessions to create an insight into what it feels like to be on stage.

Live Art Collaboration and deadpan duo Hunt & Darton will bring Radio Local to the Festival, a brand new, free, hyper local station, broadcasting live, straight from city centre for 24 hours. straight. Taking over the airwaves of Norfolk’s Future Radio the show celebrates everything about what it means to be local, built with, by and for residents. Radio Local will also be working with communities in Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn and Diss ahead of arriving in Norwich. Hunt & Darton’s previous work includes their award-winning pop-up installation, the Hunt & Darton Café which has been presented at Tate Britain, Edinburgh Fringe and Latitude Festivals, and 3 cities in China with the British Council.

For the second time, the Festival will welcome Frisky & Mannish to the Adnams Spiegeltent 10 years since they burst onto the scene with their wildly popular brand of musical Infotainment. Adelaide and Brighton prizewinners. BBC Radio 1 regulars and stars of BBC2, BBC3 & ITV, the musical comedy double act best known for their pop music parodies will invite audiences at the Adnams Spiegeltent into their PopLab for four nights of musical hilarity.

World-renowned Irish/French singer Camille O’Sullivan will take to the Festival Main Stage for one night only on 17 May to sing Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ music in Camille O’Sullivan Sings Cave, exploring the light and dark of the group’s music. In her dangerous yet fragile theatrical style, Camille will embark on a personal discovery of a man of many guises; violent, beautiful, logical, crazy, devout, troubled and religious in her critically acclaimed show.

Double Scotsman Edinburgh Fringe First winner Javaad Alipoor will present Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran, a darkly comedic, urgent new play about entitlement, consumption and digital technology, that invites audiences to use Instagram throughout the production, following the action on stage and digitally at the same time. Performed by Javaad Alipoor and Peyvand Sadeghian in The Garage for three nights, it asks how did we get here, and what might come next.
In 2020 Norwich Philharmonic will present a rare chance to hear Mahler’s massive 3rd Symphony, thought to encapsulate everything the composer had learned about life. Performed by the orchestra and conducted by Matthew Andrews, with outstanding mezzo soprano Sara Fulgoni as soloist and the children’s voices of Norwich Cathedral Choir at St Andrew’s Hall.

During the middle weekend of the Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music will present a selection of Beethoven Piano Sonatas with pianist Richard Goode. Hailed for making music of tremendous emotional power, depth and expressiveness, and acknowledged as one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music, Goode’s recording of the Beethoven sonata cycle earned a Grammy nomination. His first public performance of the sonatas brought him to international attention and he makes his appearance in Norwich for just one night at John Innes Centre on Saturday 16 May.

Britten Sinfonia will return to St Andrew’s Hall following their sell-out performance of Beethoven’s Symphonies between 2017-2019. For 2020 Britten Sinfonia and Alison Balsom join forces for a programme of music exploring more than 300 years of composition.
With arrangements of Purcell by some of the greatest composers of the present day including Maxwell Davies and John Woolrich, ancient and contemporary influences are intertwined.

Daniel Brine, Festival Director said: “2020 is the first of three Festivals building toward our 250th anniversary in 2022. Over the next three years we’ll be reflecting, celebrating and exploring what Norfolk & Norwich Festival is to our audiences, artists and communities. We’ll look into our rich history, but also ring out the changes. We begin 2020’s Festival with a fresh new brand; we launch an exciting new venue for the Festival; and bring our ticketing service in-house so we can have a much closer relationship with our audiences.
These first shows provide a flavour of what’s to come next May with a blend of exciting new commissions, international headliners, and work by and for local people. We’re really excited about what’s in store for 2020.”
Norfolk & Norwich Festival takes place in Norwich and around Norfolk for 17 days each May. The programme is multi-artform, contemporary, international and audience-centred, collaborating with artists from down the road and around the world. Full information on all Norfolk & Norwich Festival events at nnfestival.org.uk.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Norfolk & Norwich Festival shares exceptional arts experiences across East England. We lead and support celebration, creativity and curiosity in our community to make our part of the world a great place to live, work and play. The Festival takes place in Norwich and around Norfolk for 17 days each May. The programme is multi-artform, contemporary, international and audience-centred. The Festival is distinctive because we collaborate with artists – from down the road and around the world – to explore the unique physical and cultural identities of our place and to make art which is meaningful to the lives of our audiences. The organisation has been an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation since April 2012 and is one of 10 Bridge Organisations with a mandate to develop arts and cultural opportunities for children and young people in the East of England. Norfolk & Norwich Festival is funded and supported   by Arts Council England, Norwich City Council and the generous support of other sponsors and donors. Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020 runs from 8-24 May.

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