The 2015 Southburgh Festival
In 2015 this was the website for the Norfolk World Music Festival held in Southburgh, Norfolk, UK. The current website for the festival can be found at: www.norfolkworldmusicfestival.co.uk or go to their current Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/Norfolkworldmusicfestival/
AN ASIDE: I first attended the World Music Festival in 2015 with a group of friends from the Norwich University of the Arts. We had a fantastic time. I was planning on returning to the UK in 2020 to attend my 5th year reunion at the Norwich University of the Arts, catch up with friends who had remained in the UK and take in the festival. Plans were abruptly cancelled when the Covid pandemic struck across the world. Australia, where I am living, shut down its borders. The Australian government has institued aggressive quarantines when necessary and they have been very successful. Non-essential services such as social gathering venues such as pubs and clubs were not allowed. During the four month shut down in Victoria, I like most of my friends ended up playing, what many consider a Australian national past time, playing pokies, at several online casino web sites. If you are interested in finding online casinos that are Australian player friendly I suggest you read more at Online-Casino-Party.com. We were all hoping that with the availabilty of Covid 19 vaccines, travel would open up a bit. The impact of the pandemic has particularly impacted negatively the arts sector. I had been hoping to get back to the UK in 2021 to see friends, but just learned that the Norfolk World Music festival, once again have decided to cancel the festival. I had been looking forward to seeing Anna Mudeka who is headlining with her band. It would have been for the first time in 5 years. If I remember correctly they had released their amazing album Dendende in 2015. Talk about disappointment. I also wanted to see the premier performance of Amrita Sandhu’s Who Ami I featuring Anna Mudeka, but I guess that will have to wait for another year. The fact that the festival hopes to be able to return in 2022 with most of the same line up and more and the same spirit and message of unity and togetherness, gives me hope amony my initial disappointment.
Now lets return to the archived information from the 2015 World Music Festival.
In this 7th year of the festival we are already feeling excited about another fantastic fun-filled family day with everything for everyone. During those years, we have raised an amazing amount of money for the Mudeka Foundation; and this is truly changing of lives of children in Zimbabwe. To those who have supported us, thank you so much!
The Festival is a day to celebrate music and the arts in an exciting and safe environment. People of all ages attend, interact and share experiences – including outstanding performances; amazing workshops, great food, retail therapy or just chilling out in the blazing sunshine. These are the elements that made Southburgh Festival a sell out last year and we are predicting the same again for 2015 so don’t miss out – order your tickets now
Those wishing to make a weekend of it can take advantage of the adjacent camping field from Friday to Sunday. There will be a bar open on the Friday evening. Lick Cuisine will be serving delicious West Indies food and Jose Ferrera will play some Latino grooves.
On Sunday morning, breakfast will be available for campers. Stanford’s local farm will supply bacon and sausages and Shingfield’s of Hingham will be providing eggs. With fresh tomatoes from Anna’s polytunnel, A veggie option will also be available. All profits to the Mudeka Foundation.
Southburgh Festival’s shopping village will be better than ever this year, under the direction of Norwich Global Village who is ensuring that all stalls are of a high standard with a range of fantastic goods.
Moria is joining the team this year and will be supervising the children’s tent from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. She is organising plenty of activities to keep the children happy all day and they can pop in and out as many times as they wish.
The Southburgh Festival venue is close to a working farm with livestock. Therefore, dogs cannot be accommodated either at the Festival or in the Camping Field. There are no exceptions to this policy so please do not arrive with a dog(s) as entrance will be denied
Camping: arrival and departure
Campers are encouraged to arrive any time between 5pm and 9pm on the Friday and enjoy the bar, West Indian food and Latin music. The Camping Field has showers for campers to use. For those wishing to stay on Saturday night, for £5 each breakfast will be served between 9 am and 10.30 am on Sunday morning. All campers should depart by 12 midday when the gates will be shut.
We look forward to welcoming you all and hope the weekend is another great success for the Mudeka Foundation.
There is a fantastic mix of talent on our main stage, highlighting Norfolk’s role as a showcase for artists from all over the world. The diversity of talent in the area is incredible and we are delighted to be presenting an abundance of locally sourced acts to rival any of the more established festivals.
We are thrilled to announce Headspace as our finale act for this year. This three piece band plays a totally infectious blend of folk fused with electronic bass lines. Often described as ‘celtic trance’, their music features elements of ska, funk, rock and country to create an irresistibly danceable performance which simultaneously evokes sounds of the past and the future.
For the younger members of our audience we have Twisted Piglet who deliver a pulsating mix of keyboard, drums & guitar blended with verve and passion. Last year they supported The Proclaimers on their UK tour and in 2012 they represented Norwich at Exit Festival in Serbia.
Sefo Kanuteh and Meriya are certainly not ‘Normal For Norfolk’ but we are so fortunate to have this Kora virtuoso in our county. Gambian musician Sefo Kanuteh is a gifted composer with the rare distinction of mastering both the kora (21 string African harp), and balafon (xylophone), along with the vocal arts of jaliya, the Griot traditions of his homeland.
Jose Ferrera Mulem’s Band will transport you to the streets and bars of Havana, Cuba, with their lively latino sounds. What’s more, after your salsa dance workshop, you will be able to show off your dance steps.
Watchsnatchers are traveling from Ireland to join us – and we couldn’t be more pleased. They have a tangible love of Ireland and its music. They are great fun as can be seen from their video at the Hippodrome London last year. Check them out at http://youtu.be/gHjnnEO2_7g
Girl In A Thunderbolt
Really pleased to welcome Girl In A Thunderbolt, aka Maria Uzor to the festival this year. She has just released a new EP OWN YOUR OWN BONES. Her songs are a celebration of music without any unnecessary pomp and ceremony, an uncanny mix of the minimal and the dark hearted, wrapped tightly in a jagged electro acoustic blanket and held together with rhythmic duck tape. Linked to PJ Harvey, Siouxsie Sioux and Skin.
We know you are just going to love the line up from jazz to Irish, Rock, Africa and Cuban rhythms. It’s guaranteed to bring the sunshine out and keep you smiling for days after.
The Fringe Stage
The Fringe Stage was a great success when we added it to the Festival last year. Who could forget King Tate, Oscar Elmon and all the young talent that appeared. This year we are spicing it up even more with poetry and acoustic music throughout the afternoon.
There will also be pop-up performances around the venue to enhance the Festival experience.
Tambai Community Projects
Tambai Community Projects is a volunteer organisation that shares specialist cultural events within Norfolk and the East of England. Southburgh Festival is our main event with more than 30 volunteers who come together to plan, organise and prepare the festival all year round. Great support comes from the audience who attend the festival in their hundreds including people from as far as Belgium, London, Scotland and Essex, as well as our beloved Norfolk. Artistic Director Anna Mudeka sees the festival as a way of bringing communities together through shared interests of music, food, friendship and good quality family time. It is her ambition to bring generations together in the heart of Norfolk to enjoy unique experiences that the wider world has to offer
Your taste buds are also in for a treat with some fantastic flavors including delicious pizzas, burgers, ginormous hotdogs and chips. We welcome for the first time The Lick Catering company specialising in West Indian Fusion Cuisine.
For those with a sweet tooth, the local church stand will be providing lovely home-made cakes and hot drinks. And in the evening we welcome the Fairy Maids who will supply hot drinks and cake until late. Yummy offerings will be provided by Norfolk Ice Cream.
The Sunday breakfast for campers proved a success beyond all our expectations so we will again be doing a fry up on Sunday morning. Local farmer the Stanford’s will be supplying bacon and sausages and the Shingfield’s of Hingham will be supplying eggs. Fresh tomatoes will be from Anna’s polly tunnel, well you can’t get any fresher than that. Veggie option also available. Please remember all profit from the breakfast go to the Mudeka Foundation.
The bar will be open from Friday night and the lick cuisine will be serving some delicious West Indies food. We will have Jose Ferrera playing some Latino groves until later in the bar. We welcome the Mudeka Foundation again this year who will be running the bar, all proceeds go to support their various educational projects in Zimbabwe. So please drink plenty.