Anam Cara Dance - Bellydance in Norwich Norfolk. Magadalen-Augustine Festival 2012

Magadalen-Augustine Street Festival 2012

Anam Cara took part in the third annual Magdalen-Augustine street festival showcased the city’s “creative quarter” with a series of shows and attractions around Magdalen Street, St Augustine’s Street and Anglia Square. 



Throughout the day on Saturday, the dizzying variety of entertainment spanned a range including storytelling, tandem rides, Caribbean food, drummers, belly dancers, art and Thai boxing.

Some of the city’s finest musicians were on show too, with a stage set up in Anglia Square for American-influenced bands and singers, contrasting the classical recitals at St Augustine’s church and the afternoon of acoustic music at the King of Hearts.

“Roaming acts” included a vintage city discovery trail, yarn-bombers, buskers and Morris dancers, while a pop-up Magdalen Memorial Cafe was set up at Epic Studios, harking back to Magdalen Street’s past – including the return of the Dolls’ Hospital which used to operate there.

Under the flyover, artists, voluntary groups, political organisations and charities set up stalls to talk to shoppers and passers-by.

The event was founded to highlight the “creativity, diversity and sustainability” of this part of the city – but also to recognise the community cohesion which has helped rejuvenate it after a period in the doldrums. 

Every year dozens of musicians, some of which are quite well-known professionally, who come out of the woodwork wanting to perform here, so the whole thing runs on just a few hundred pounds for insurance and leaflets.

Performers turn up and perform for free because they like the idea that in a recession there is a community that is cohesive and tries to have a positive view on the future. That is what makes the area such a resilient and vibrant neighbourhood.

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