8-12 July 2021

Welcome to the Young Norfolk Arts Festival 2021!

WIth a blended programme of live and in-person events, performances, exhibitions and workshops, alongside virtual events and programmes – all for free.

True to our ethos, the YNAF 2021 programme was created by young people for young people, with particular thanks to our YNA Collective and the young people we work with for their creativity and energy. Their inspiration runs throughout the Festival, whether that’s themes of migration, LGBTQ+ and community through the City of Strangers audio trail, or reconnecting through the ReConnect ReDiscover ReEngage exhibition.

Take a look at some of our Festival highlights below….

LIVE STREAMS

YNAF 2021 LAUNCH

VIRTUAL LOST RIVER STAGE

LOST RIVER STAGE

Photographs by Abby George and Tallulah Self

NEW MUSE TEXTILE WORKSHOP

Photographs by Abby George and New Muse

TOAST SUMMER PARTY

Photographs by Tallulah Self and design by Taylor Jones

YOUNG NORFOLK WRITING COMPETITION

‘Kaur’ by Mimi Ronson

Illustration by Tricia Mercer-David

‘Lunatic’ by Florence Bullion

Illustration by Maya Chessman

‘The Old Man’ by Callie Arlow

Illustration by Clare Gregory

‘The Man in Stall E13’ by Christabelle Kirkham

Illustration by Lauren Harris

‘Will Our Love Turn To Dust’ by Amy Griffiths

Illustration by August Abrahamsson

‘Poetry, I Think’ by Oliver Campbell

Installation by Jo Dunlop

FILM EAST TAKEOVER

Film East, the Norwich branch of the Young Film Programmer’s network, provides a platform for young audiences to experience and interact with film. Run by a group of young people, Film East aims to educate and inspire the next generation of film enthusiasts by offering unique opportunities to connect through thought-provoking cinema. Find us Instagram

 

FILM EAST CHATS

The Film East crew has recorded an exclusive episode from their podcast FILM EAST CHATS for festival-goers that explores the unconventional rock star film, looking at Dexter Fletcher’s 2019 film Rocketman and Todd Haynes’s cult classic Velvet Goldmine and the personas of LGBTQ icons Elton John and David Bowie. 

GLOBAL STRANGERS FILM PROGRAMME

To pair with our City of Strangers project, Film East has curated a collection of films that centre around the theme of immigration and migration. The digital programme includes 16 films split up into four different strands, focusing on different aspects of the modern migrant experience. All the films are available to watch online, allowing you to extend the themes of this year’s festival beyond our physical dates.

ACT NOW! Presents Open Road

Open Road is a confident and thoughtful collection of short films by local young creatives. Made during lockdown, they are a response to world events and to Walt Whitman’s epic poem ‘Song of the Open Road’.

The Act Now! company has been instigated by Norfolk and Norwich Festival ‘Creative Individual’ Emma Bernard, in partnership with The Corn Hall, and with project funding from Arts Council England. Act Now! aims to activate young people to engage with and feed into our artistic programme, by exploring their own creative potential.

ReConnect ReDiscover ReEngage

An exhibition curated by the YNA Collective and inspired by the experience returning to friends, family, nature, your community and the city as lockdown eases.

The Collective have selected works by artists aged 11 to 25 from an open call and artist commission call out. Their work embeds and explores the definitions of what ReConnect, ReDiscover and ReEngage mean to them.

 

 

QUEER NORFOLK STORIES

The Queer Norfolk Stories audio trail celebrates the wonderful extraordinary ordinary lives of local LGBT+ people! You can listen to the audio trail throughout Norwich city centre. The trail is available as part of our City of Strangers audio trail, using the ECHOES application and geolocated sound to provide an immersive journey around Norwich.

The project is part of the 2021 Young Norfolk Arts Festival and Norwich Pride Inspired, and is funded by Festival Bridge as part of the #MovingItOn programme.

FULL PROGRAMME

YNAF 2021 LAUNCH

Thur 8 Juy 6-7pm

Join us live from Norwich Arts Centre as we launch this year’s Festival! With music, poetry, dance and introductions from our YNA Collective.

I AM... Workshop with JMCAnderson

Fri 9 July 6-8pm

The ‘I Am…’ workshop, will celebrate, embrace and highlight diversity and culture in Norfolk. Participants are invited to work with artist JMCAnderson to create their own human billboards by finishing off the ‘I Am…’ sentence.  In the workshop, you will use acrylic paint and printing materials, whilst exploring themes of  identity, through the use of language and art as politics, both individually and socially.

Virtual Lost River Stage

Sat 10 July 12 – 5pm

Enjoy the Lost River Stage from the comfort of your own home with our online showcase of music, dance and performance by the freshest young talent from across Norfolk.

Young Norfolk Writing Competition Showcase

Sun 11 July 6-7pm

We’ll be announcing the winners of the Young Norfolk Writing Competition 2021 in this very special showcase curated by the National Centre for Writing’s Lit From the Inside group.

Please note this is an invite only event but we will be filming the showcase to share online.

City of Strangers Audio Trail

Launching 8 July

Norwich is a city of strangers. The YNA Collective want to unveil a city that is quite literally built on diversity and community by creating a unique audio tour of the city. The tour will use the ECHOES phone app, using geolocated sound to provide an immersive journey around Norwich.

The audio tour will include submissions from the Queer Norfolk Stories project and Sound Systems.

YNA Collective Takeover on The Social

Thur 8 July 6-10pm

YNA Collective members have been working with producer Roxanne Matthews and the BBC Voices team to bring you 4 hours of sonic wonder. Join them as they take over a whole show on air on BBC Radio Norfolk’s show for younger listeners, The Social.

New Muse Textile Workshop

Sat 10 July 10am- 1pm

Working with textile artists New Muse – we will be working on individual pieces to become part of a collaborative installation. Collaging fabrics and using paint to create a piece with the theme around now and this transitional moment.The final piece will then be exhibited as part of the ReConnect ReDiscover ReEngage exhibition running throughout the Festival.

Sound Systems

Sat 10 July 6-8pm

Join children from Freethorpe, Cantley and Horning Primary schools as they take over the airwaves as part of Upload on BBC Radio Norfolk. They’ve been exploring the places they feel most themselves, making theme tunes for their schools and interviewing local people in the way only children can. Tune in & expect the unexpected….

Film East Takeover

Mon 12 July

Film East will be sharing their film expertise on our social media throughout the day, as well as chatting about the unconventional rock star biopic in an exclusive podcast recorded for our festival! To pair with our City of Strangers project, they have also curated a digital collection of films that centres around the theme of immigration.

ReConnect ReDiscover ReEngage

Launches 8 July

An exhibition curated by the YNA Collective, and inspired by the experience returning to friends, family, nature, your community and the city as lockdown eases.

 

Drawn Across Borders: Live Q&A with artist George Butler

Fri 9 July 1-2pm

George Butler will be joining us live via Zoom to talk about his work and new book Drawn Across Borders: True Stories of Migration – a collection of vivid and powerful stories drawn on the front lines of migration.

Lost River Stage

Sat 10 July 12 – 5.30pm

We can’t wait to bring live performance back to YNAF21! Join us at the bandstand in Chapelfield Gardens for an afternoon showcase of music, dance and performance by the freshest young talent from across Norfolk.

TOAST Summer Party

Sun 11 July 10am-5.30pm

TOAST is back! Join us for a poetry summer party as part of this year’s Young Norfolk Arts Festival. An extravaganza of poems, picnic blankets and party food at Norwich Arts Centre.

ACT NOW! Presents Open Road

Mon 12 July

Open Road is a confident and thoughtful collection of short films by local young creatives. Made during lockdown, they are a response to world events and to Walt Whitman’s epic poem ‘Song of the Open Road’. .

Norfolk Poetry Slam

Fri 16 July TBC

We’ll be live streaming from Norwich Arts Centre where budding young poets from 4 Norfolk schools will compete to be crowned the best!

Michael Morpurgo - BOY GIANT Live Event

The cover of Boy Giant, a book by Michael Morpurgo. The image features a young boy stting in front of a sea

Fri 16 July 9.30-10.30am

We are delighted to be partnering with VNET and Norfolk Schools of Sanctuary to bring author Michael Morpurgo live to schools via Zoom!

Figurine It Out Exhibition

Launching 8 July

The Norwich 2040 Local Cultural Education Partnership has been asking children and young people from across Norfolk to create small figurines that capture how they are feeling as we come back together as a community. We’ll be bringing these figurines together to exhibit across Norwich and as part of an online exhibition this summer…

This year’s programme has been supported by:

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