Norfolk & Norwich Festival delivers the flagship arts festival for the East of England every May. The Festival is one of the big four UK international arts festivals with a reputation for innovative and inspirational programming across multiple art forms and a breadth of indoors, outdoors, urban and rural settings. Each year a programme of events is presented which includes commissions from new and established artists, world and UK premieres, and high profile artistic events that respond to NNF’s distinctive landscapes and urban settings.  

In addition to its annual Festival, NNF runs Festival Bridge, one of ten national Bridge organisations funded by Arts Council England, which provides a direct link or ‘bridge’ between those working with children, young people, schools and communities with arts and cultural organisations across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. NNF also manages Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios, working in partnership with over 500 visual artists across the county to open their studios to the public each year.  

After seven highly successful years leading NNF, William Galinsky is standing down this summer. The Board is now seeking an exceptional individual as its next Festival Director to continue to develop the organisation and its activities over the next five years, building on the national and international profile it currently enjoys.

The ideal candidate will have a track record of success in the programming and delivery of large-scale performing and visual arts events, including commissioning and promoting new work and innovative approaches to production, presentation and participation. He or she will have a wide knowledge of the arts that crosses international boundaries and diverse cultures and a network of contacts amongst leading arts practitioners and organisations around the world. A collaborative approach with a focus on developing partnerships and audiences within the local community, together with a commitment to engagement and learning in the arts, are all important qualities for the post holder.

Previous management of a significant arts business, ideally with some experience of leading a highly qualified team and stakeholders through times of change, is essential. The Festival Director will be expected to have an awareness of the current political-cultural environment in the UK, particularly in respect of how the funding landscape post-Brexit may impact on NNF and its activities.

For an information pack please see below. 

Closing date for applications is Monday, 4 September.    

NNF is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity in its employment practices

NNF’s principal funders are Arts Council England and Norwich City Council


Festival Director Candidate Briefing Document (PDF)

Festival Director - Equal Opportunities Recruitment Monitoring Form (Word)