8-12 July 2021

Welcome to the Young Norfolk Arts Festival 2021!

We are so excited to be bringing you 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, this year’s YNAF programme has been 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 strand, or reconnecting through the ReConnect ReDiscover ReEngage exhibition. We invite you to explore the Festival through these stories but also to tell us your own, you can share with us throughout using #YNAF21.

We hope there will be something for everyone to enjoy and we can’t wait to see you there…..

You can find an update on our Covid-19 guidance here

PROGRAMME

THUR 8 JULY

YNAF 2021 LAUNCH

6-7pm

Live Streamed from Norwich Arts Centre

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YNA Collective Takeover on The Social

6-10pm

BBC RADIO NORFOLK

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FRI 9 JULY

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

1-2pm

Via Zoom

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I AM... Workshop with artist JMCAnderson

6-8pm

The Garage, Norwich

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SAT 10 JULY

New Muse Textile Workshop

10am-1pm

The Garage, Norwich

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Lost River Stage

12-5pm

Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich

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Virtual Lost River Stage

12-5pm

YouTube Live

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Sound Systems

6-8pm

Upload on BBC Radio Norfolk

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SUN 11 JULY

TOAST Summer Party

10am – 5.30pm

Norwich Arts Centre

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Young Norfolk Writing Competition Showcase

6-7pm

National Centre for Writing

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MON 12 JULY

Film East Takeover

All day

Online

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ACT NOW! presents Open Road

6pm

Online

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FRI 16 JULY

FOR SCHOOLS: Michael Morpurgo - BOY GIANT Live Q&A

9.30-10.30am

Via Zoom

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FOR SCHOOLS: Norfolk Poetry Slam

TBC

Via Zoom

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Running throughout the Festival…

ReConnect ReDiscover ReEngage exhibition

Launches 8 July

Norwich + Online

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City of Strangers Audio Trail

Launches 8 July

Norwich

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Figurine It Out Exhibition

Launches 8 July 

Norwich + Online

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FESTIVAL MAP

Find all the locations for this year’s YNAF live events and workshops….

EXPLORE….

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 – 5pm

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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Young Norfolk Arts Trust is a charity which uses all its income to provide life changing opportunities for young people across Norfolk. Every project and activity is offered to children and young people for free, including our yearly festival programme. Support us by donating what you can…