A paint party in the park will open this year’s Lord Mayor’s Celebration (Friday 5-Sunday 7 July) with an explosion of colour.
Chapelfield Gardens will be showered in neon paint as revellers of all ages are invited to dress in white and bring their dancing shoes for this vibrant event.
Saturday’s jam-packed schedule promises a day of free entertainment for the whole family, with a very special Lord Mayor’s Procession taking to the streets.
Inspired by this year’s creative theme, ‘love the world around you’, community groups, local businesses and schools are designing costumes, building puppets, creating flags and choreographing routines to fill the streets with colour and music.
Backed by Arts Council England, Norwich City Council is also working with artists such as Kinetika and Sunshine International Arts who have previously been involved with the Notting Hill Carnival to support a range of participants in the community to develop their entries.
Victoria McConnell, head teacher of Wensum Junior School said: “We are delighted to be involved in the Lord Mayor’s Procession again this year and our pupils will be leading the way as we create our entry.
“It is a great way for us all to think about important environmental issues in an imaginative, artistic way!”
Over at the Lord Mayor’s Pedal Pad youngsters can get involved with arts and craft workshops and have a go at generating some pedal powered energy to complete everyday tasks like making a cup of tea!
As always, there will be live music and quirky street performers across the city, and a Pirate Party bigger and better than ever. Street music and bands selected by Norwich Art Centre will keep the crowds moving at The Forum stage, while the eclectic Maui Waui Stage returns to Chapelfield Gardens, featuring the winner of the first ‘Norwich Has Talent’ competition.
Saturday evening will culminate in a fabulous free firework display from Norwich Castle.
If you have any energy left, pop along on Sunday to enjoy Norwich Lanes Summer Fair and the Great Norwich Duck Race. You can also take the opportunity to visit the The Bishop’s Open Gardens to enjoy a traditional fete supporting Norwich Door to Door.
Councillor Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “It is fantastic to see another weekend of free family entertainment lined up for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Celebration.
“As always, it promises to be a wonderful occasion, showcasing local talent and offering a variety of creative activities to get involved with.”
To plan your weekend, grab a guide from the Tourist Information Centre or visit www.norwich.gov.uk/lmc