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North Norfolk arts festival set to kick off in style with packed programme of events, from drumming to drama

PUBLISHED: 09:27 11 October 2018

Norwich Cathedral Choir, who will be performing as part of this year's Coast Arts Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Cathedral Choir, who will be performing as part of this year's Coast Arts Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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An evening of choral classics performed by the renowned Norwich Cathedral Choir will launch this year’s Coast Arts festival programme, which features an eclectic line-up ranging from exhibitions, competitions and workshops, to film, drama and a literary events.

The Kavolini String Quartet, who will be performing at the Belfry Arts Centre, Overstrand, as part of this year's Coast Arts Festival. 
Picture: submittedThe Kavolini String Quartet, who will be performing at the Belfry Arts Centre, Overstrand, as part of this year's Coast Arts Festival. Picture: submitted

For the first time, Coast will be teaming up with the Belfry Arts Centre, Overstrand, to host a week-long series of music performances, from classical and folk, to soul and jazz.

Other events include a talk on Cromer war memorial, an African drumming session, a photography workshop with former Eastern Daily Press photographer Sam Robbins, a soul night, and an exhibition of music-themed work by North Norfolk Organisation of Visual Artists (NOVA).

The Vida String Quartet, who will be performing at the Belfry Centre, Overstrand, as part of this year's Coast Arts Festival. 
Picture: submittedThe Vida String Quartet, who will be performing at the Belfry Centre, Overstrand, as part of this year's Coast Arts Festival. Picture: submitted

The week will culminate with a performance of Rebellious Sisterhood – Votes for Women, at Cromer Community Centre.

Presented by Broad Horizons Theatre Company, the moving and thought-provoking play, which takes a fly-on-the-wall look at the private lives of Britain’s suffragettes, is stopping off at Cromer as part of a tour of East Anglian venues.

Author Marc Pierson, who will be speaking at a literary tea being held as part of this year's Coast Arts Festival.
Picture: submittedAuthor Marc Pierson, who will be speaking at a literary tea being held as part of this year's Coast Arts Festival. Picture: submitted

The festival, which runs from October 20-27, will also feature a literary tea with local author and TV scriptwriter Marc Peirson - whose credits include Emmerdale, EastEnders and Holby City - and writer and performer Andrew Taft, who has written for The Bill, EastEnders and the BBC drama Monarch of the Glen.

Coast, which was founded as the Cromer and Sheringham Arts and Literary Festival nine years ago by a small group of arts-enthusiasts, originally ran an annual week-long arts festival aimed at celebrating the wealth of artistic talent in the north Norfolk area.

Norwich Cathedral Choir, who will be performing as part of this year's Coast Arts Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYNorwich Cathedral Choir, who will be performing as part of this year's Coast Arts Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

It has since evolved to include a year-round programme, with organisers teaming up with venues ranging from pubs and village halls, to theatres and churches to stage concerts, films and workshops all over the area.

Norwich Cathedral Choir will be performing at St Martin’s Church, Overstrand at 7.30pm on October 12. Tickets are available from the Belfry Centre, phone 01263 579196.

For a full Coast Arts Festival programme, visit www.coastarts.co.uk

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