In our 10th year, after a brief hiatus due to Covid-19, the Hostry Festival was back with a bang. Our five Signature Projects engaged with the community during the festival and throughout the year which has proven so important during the extraordinary times we are all living through.
Our 10th Anniversary programme included our Central Production of the Norfolk Premiere of Sir Peter Ustinov’s comedy drama, Beethoven’s Tenth. Our inclusive project Total Ensemble Theatre Company also celebrated their 10th year, and Rebecca Chapman devised a stunning piece of Movement Theatre on film that was shown nightly as a prologue to Beethoven’s Tenth, entitled Egmont: A Valiant Stand.
The Norfolk Arts Awards saw nominations for artists and projects from across Norfolk. The event was live streamed for the first time and was co-presented by festival patrons Susie Fowler-Watt and Becky Jago.
Our most recently created annual Signature Project The African Choir of Norfolk launched with a concert lead by the inspirational Anna Mudeka. James Colman’s Paint Out saw over 50 plein air artists painting in the city centre, something enjoyed by literally thousands each year.
We had Festival Commissions throughout, Classical Concerts, Poetry, and Guest Speakers including Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason, Carol Drinkwater and Stephanie Beacham.
Here is a chance to hear a debate from the Hostry Festival 2021 on the power of positivity, on BBC Radio Norfolk.