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…..
THUR 8 JULY
FRI 9 JULY
SUN 11 JULY
MON 12 JULY
Running throughout the Festival…
Find all the locations for this year’s YNAF live events and workshops….
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.
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
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.
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.
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…