YOUNG NORFOLK ARTS FESTIVAL

 

We hold the festival every July with activities and art forms as varied as classical music, filmmaking, spoken word, visual art, drama, dance and contemporary music.

This year’s Young Norfolk Arts Festival will be a virtual event!

YNAF 2020 will run from Friday 3 – Monday 6 July on various online platforms and will include:

  • virtual art exhibition curated by members of our YNA Collective
  • online creative workshops and speaker events
  • online celebration showcase for the Young Norfolk Writing Competition with the National Centre for Writing
  • virtual performance stage– with a mix of pre-recorded performances and live streams

Some of our other planned projects and performances will be postponed until this Autumn (TBC) or carried over to YNAF 2021.

How you can get involved…

Enter your writing to the YNWC

You can submit entries to the Young Norfolk Writing Competition until 22 May; this could be stories, lyrics, narrative for games, graphic stories, poems, spoken word, scripts, podcasts, plays, articles, journalism or essays! You can enter up to six pieces of writing, and audio entries are also welcome across all entries (except graphic novels). Find out more

Perform on our virtual stage

Are you a performer aged up to 25? We’ll be putting out a call out for musicians, poets, dancers and more to either record your own performance at home, or to work with us to stream live on Saturday 4 July! Open to all performers aged 0-25 who are based in (or have links to) Norfolk. Deadline for applications is 14 June. Find out more and how to apply here.

Submit your work to no space, every place

As part of the virtual Young Norfolk Arts Festival 2020 the YNA Collective are curating no space, every place – a virtual exhibition to be held from the 2 – 6 of July 2020. And we need YOUR artwork to fill it! There’s also a chance to win some great prizes. We are looking for works specific to your world, here and now. You can create them from scratch, or submit something existing, that meets this brief. Open to all artists aged 11-25 who are based in Norfolk, or have strong connections to the County. Deadline for submissions is Sunday 14 June. Find out more and how to submit here.

Take part in our online creative workshops and enjoy Festival events

Log on, enjoy and help us to spread the word about YNAF 2020. Keep an eye out for details on the programme and schedule 😊

YOUNG NORFOLK ARTS FESTIVAL 2019

Ormiston Academies Trust Academies Celebration of Creativity

Jun 27, 10:00 AM – Jun 30, 5:00 PM

Modern Life Cafe at SCVA, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
A pop-up exhibition bursting with new work by students from Ormiston Academies in East Anglia.

Indian Dance, Vahana: Animals in Hindu Myths

Jun 29, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, NR3 1AB
An Indian dance spectacular performed by students of Viji Moorthie Dance Company.

The Art of Drawing Comics

Jul 04, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM

St George’s Theatre Cafe, King Street, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2PG
Come and learn the processes involved
in creating comics in this session led by professional illustrator and designer Stuart Paterson.

Creative Multilingualism: a celebration of language, culture & creativity!

Jul 04, 7:00 PM

The Assembly House, Norwich, NR2 1RQ
Join us for a very special premiere of a new musical piece, written and performed by students from Catton Grove Primary School, Colman Junior School and City College Norwich.

Anglia Square: A Love Story

Jul 04, 7:30 PM – Jul 14, 5:00 PM

Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich University of the Arts, St Georges St, Norwich NR3 1BB, UK
Join The Common Lot this July to hear our stories of Norwich Over The Water and Anglia Square: A Love Story.

Young Norfolk Writing Competition Showcase

Jul 05, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

National Centre for Writing, Norwich, NR1 1QE
Join us as we celebrate the best of young writing from across the county. The winners of the Young Norfolk Writing Competition 2019 will be joined onstage by a special

Lord Mayor’s Celebration – Lost River Stage

Jul 06, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Westlegate, Norwich, NR1 3LX
Norfolk’s young performing talent
has been found! Young Norfolk Arts brings you a programme of talented musicians, bands, poets and performers at our Lost River stage during the Lord Mayor’s Celebration.

Imagining History | Open Workshop: People and Things – finding stories in objects

Jul 06, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Bridewell Museum, Bridewell Alley, Norwich NR2 1AQ, UK
Are you a young writer looking for inspiration? Imagining History UK and The Young Walter Scott Prize are offering five free writing workshops in amazing historical locations in Norfolk and Norwich.

Boys Day of Dance Festival

Jul 07, 12:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Walter Roy Theatre, The Hewett Academy, Norwich, NR1 2PL
Join the award winning LEGACY DANCE COMPANY UK, in collaboration with Young Norfolk Arts Festival and Ormiston Victory Academy, for dance workshops, fun activities, food and live dance performances.

The Beginners Guide to VJ’ing

Jul 08, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, NR2 4PG
Ever wondered what was going on the big screen behind the band at a gig? Come along and find out in this Beginners Guide to VJ’ing!

Stand Up Comedy Workshop

Jul 08, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, NR2 4PG
NHS psychological therapist and stand-up comedian Helen Simpson brings you a workshop to strengthen your funny bones. She’ll help you build confidence, laugh and find your voice by developing your own stand up routine.

Imagining History | Tales of Sampson: Seeing through the eyes of the past

Jul 09, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Bridewell Museum, Bridewell Alley, Norwich NR2 1AQ, UK
Are you a young writer looking for inspiration? Imagining History UK and The Young Walter Scott Prize are offering five free writing workshops in amazing historical locations in Norfolk and Norwich.

North Norfolk Primary School Poetry Slam Final

Jul 09, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, NR26 8RE
Following hot on the heels of last
year’s Poetry Slam, this creative and inspiring event returns once again. Four North Norfolk primary schools will present their own performance poetry
in a battle of wits, each hoping to be crowned Grand Slam Champion.

THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

Jul 09, 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, NR2 4PG
The Young Norfolk Arts Comms Team presents an immersive, interactive event, created by young people for young people.

Imagining History | Tales of Sampson: Seeing through the eyes of the past

Jul 09, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Bridewell Museum, Bridewell Alley, Norwich NR2 1AQ, UK
Are you a young writer looking for inspiration? Imagining History UK and The Young Walter Scott Prize are offering five free writing workshops in amazing historical locations in Norfolk and Norwich.

Imagining History | Blickling: The People That Changed the Land

Jul 11, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Blickling Estate, Blickling, Norwich NR11 6NF, UK
Are you a young writer looking for inspiration? Imagining History UK and The Young Walter Scott Prize are offering five free writing workshops in amazing historical locations in Norfolk and Norwich.

Head Out Not Home

Jul 11, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Westlegate, Norwich, NR1 3LX
Head Out Not Home is Norwich BID’s outdoor festival that runs through the summer in the city centre, programmed by NORCA and Sistema in Norwich. Running from 4th July to 29th August, every Thursday sees multiple stages of music, street theatre and more.

Imagining History | Psycho-geographical History in Great Yarmouth

Jul 12, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Great Yarmouth, Great Yarmouth, UK
Are you a young writer looking for inspiration? Imagining History UK and The Young Walter Scott Prize are offering five free writing workshops in amazing historical locations in Norfolk and Norwich.

In My Experience: Circuit-bending and Composition

Jul 13, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Old Shoe Factory, Oak Street, Norwich, NR3 3AF
Ever wanted to learn more about using electronics in music and composition? Fancy having a go at circuit -bending?

Introduction to Songwriting

Jul 13, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Access Creative College, Norwich, NR3 1JD
Musician and songwriter Milly Hirst will be guiding you through some creative ways to try writing songs, with a focus on words, lyrics and storytelling.

Introduction to Producing a Song

Jul 13, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Access Creative College, Norwich, NR3 1JD
Musician Finn Doherty will be showing you how to approach music production, including different techniques, software and how you can record your music at home.

A Respectful Conversation About Free Speech

Jul 14, 7:30 PM

Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, NR2 4PG
A panel of speakers representing the local community, including young people from the YNA Comms Team, will participate in an open discussion on the subject of Free Speech.

Even You Song

Jul 15, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

King’s Lynn Minster, King’s Lynn, PE30 5EB
A new work based on Choral Evensong and inspired by the idea of travelling to the moon…

Young Norfolk Visual Arts Exhibition + Transitions

Jul 22, 10:00 AM – Jul 26, 5:00 PM

The Forum, Norwich, NR2 1BH
We’ll be celebrating young artists from across Norfolk and exhibiting their work alongside Transitions: Water, Ice, Cloud, a project and exhibition by local artists exploring the themes and issues of climate change.