9 September: Dereham Fringe Festival

Dereham Fringe Festival takes place on 9 September, beginning at 10am.

The all-day event is being held at Dereham Memorial Hall on Norwich Street and is mostly free to attend.

About 30 local organisations will be involved and 20 of Dereham's community groups will bring stalls and tables into the gallery, Garden Room and foyer to showcase their work and chat with visitors.

In the main hall, local talent will present short shows and for some it will be their first experience of the Memorial Hall stage. Free shows from RockavoX Choir, Busybodies Stage School, K-OS, and Norfolk Blues Society Youth will be on throughout the day with timings listed - along with other information - on the Memorial Hall's website: www.derehammemorialhall.co.uk

In the Meeting Room, an array of arts masters will give tasters, talks, demonstrations and workshops. 

Anna Mudeka will talk about and play the mbira (also known as the thumb piano), which is the instrument of her native Zimbabwe. Anna will describe the mbira's place in history and politics, the voice used to communicate with the spirits of ancestors and encourage the audience to have a go at playing the instrument.

Blues harp master Gareth Tucker will be offering tips; John Warner will perform comic monologues; and Jeanie Woods from Act Too Performing Arts will lead a performing arts workshop for all ages.

Attendees will also have the chance to play cash bingo, which is being delivered by The Meeting Point.

Dereham Town Council and Norfolk Community Foundation have helped fund Dereham Fringe Festival.

If you would like to volunteer to be a steward for two to three hours during the afternoon, to make sure everything runs smoothly, please email Dorothy Sneesby on dorothysneesby@btinternet.com.