Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Another Great Way to Get Involved

There are a myriad of ways that you can get involved in this year's Magdalen-Augustine Celebration - from running your own stall to being a steward on the day of the event.  Here's another opportunity for those of you who enjoy letting your creative side shine!

Below is a note from one of this year's event coordinators.  If it sounds like something you'd like to participate, please send her an email or give her a ring!

I am embarking on a project for the Magdalen Street festival 2012 and am looking for movers/performers/anyone who feels comfortable in moving in an outside space.  I am proposing to do three short 10-15 minute performance pieces that 'pop up' in three different locations around Magdalen street, Anglia Square and St Augustines ending up at the churchyard.

The piece will celebrate the spaces represented by a developing long line of stones which will link the spaces(TBC). The audience/passers by will be incouraged to walk along the line as a guided walk at the end of the pieces. At the moment I am using the shifting spaces and characteristics of the shoppers as movement inspiration. Movements which involve simple repetitive gestures, everyday movements, walking, sitting and standing. The movement material will come from both in studio and on-site workshops to take place in September and October.  

There will be a total of 5 rehearsals with an extra 6th rehearsal on the week of the performance. The dates are: Wednesdays 12th, 19th, 26th September and 3rd, 10th October with the last date TBC.

It would be great to see you at the First workshop on Wednesday 12th at St Thomas Hall, Earlham road. Please email me to confirm your interest in the project or phone me to discuss it further on 07525613398 This is a great opportunity to perform in a site specific project and I hope you can join me.... 

Best Wishes, Kayla St Claire  
07525 613 398

Monday, 27 August 2012

Today in 1912

Do you recognize some of the buildings in the image above?  Who knew they were all waterfront property?

Today (27th August) marks the 100th anniversary of the Great Norwich Flood of 1912. So much rain fell that the River Wensum burst its banks and several square miles of the city, mainly in the Heigham, Oak Street and Fishergate areas in the north of Norwich, were inundated for several days. 

The photo above shows Magdalen Street during this great calamity!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Don't Miss Out - The Stage Open Day!

A new community resource is opening on St. Augustine's Street! St. Augustine's Gateway Enterprise is a not-for-profit venture providing a community space for the residents and businesses of north Norwich.  Also known as "The Stage", this space can be a meeting room, a gallery, a workplace, and information point.  It has been a tremendous resource for MAC as it is our new meeting space and will be the host of several activities during this year's celebration.

The group has transformed 52 St. Augustine's Street from derelict retail space to a beacon of enterprise an ingenuity for the neighbourhood!  Please join them in celebrating the grand opening this Saturday 18 August from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Come along to the Stage and find out how you could use it for your own activities.  Official opening at 1:00pm by The Lord Mayor of Norwich.

The Stage - a new community resource for north Norwich. You come up with the project. We provide the space.

For more information on how to use the space, email - - or phone - 01603 926640.  

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Check out the Expanded History!

Many thanks to Stuart McLaren for his help in putting together a wonderful write-up on St. Augustine Street!  The history section of the website has a whole new look.  And is much for more reflective of the evolution of our neighbourhood's festival!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Calling St. Augustine Street!

We've been canvassing opinion about the upcoming celebration and we understand that there's a little confusion about what's new this year from last year.  Namely, that difference is St. Augustine - the amazing jewel of a street just behind Anglia Square!

Due to popular demand, we've expanded the venue of this year's celebration and will be hosting several events along St. Augustine including such places as the St. Augustine Church and Community Hall and The St. Augustine's Gateway Enterprise (AKA "The Stage").

So, not only will this celebration take place along Magdalen Street as it did last year, but it will also be linked to St. Augustine Street!

If you are in that area or know anyone who is and might have interest, please let us know!