Festival Journey - Talent from the region

Every year we work with local artists, companies and performers, as well as participants from across Norfolk & Norwich to bring you specially commissioned and emerging talent alongside our international guests. Here's a spotlight on our local programme appearing and collaborating this year...


Norwich-based and two times Fringe award-winning curious directive return to Norfolk & Norwich Festival melding their trademark visual storytelling with 3D animation, video projection and motion capture technology. Spindrift follows three sisters as they untangle what happened to their father when he disappeared whilst sailing around the world, 20 years ago.

Join Norwich's KinAesthetic Theatre Co. for a work in progress performance of their new project Mary English. Working with Taverham Junior School, this is a true collaboration local artists and communities on an exciting story of travel, adventure and discovery.


Thursday 19 - Sunday 29 May

Ten singer songwriters aged 15-22 having been working with English artist and comedian Kim Noble and Belgian director Pol Heyvaert on this piece of theatre devised organically from the music written about the lives of the cast themselves.

Funny, beautiful, angry and honest, Wild Life explores the lives of young people and the universal experience of how music makes you feel.



To this year's Harriet Martineau Lecture, we welcome the world’s number one reggae poet, internationally bestselling artist and former Black Panther Linton Kwesi Johnson, considering Martineau’s writings on behalf of black emancipation. Taking this as his starting point, LKJ will analyse the legacy of slavery through a close reading of reggae lyrics.

Norfolk residents Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe each proclaimed to have heard the voice of God. In recording their experiences they became two of the most important writers in the English language and Charles Fernyhough leads a discussion on how such voices and words weave together in our consciousness.



As well as national and international collaborations with local artists, we once again welcome emerging and established talent from Norwich and Norfolk.

The Neutrinos and Birds of Hell work with video artist Ross Sutherland on a performance at Norwich Arts Centre; Luke Wright returns to the Festival with his critically acclaimed and politically charged show What I Learned from Johnny Bevan at Norwich Arts Centre; The Festival Chorus return with local singers performing en semble in St Andrew's Hall.


For Norwich residents and those visiting for the first time, see the Fine City celebrated in a host of exciting and different ways during the Festival.

Participants have contributed video footage to a project, remembering the work of lifelong, amateur, Norwich-based videographer Charles Scott. It's Happening in Norwich will take place in an intimate domestic setting on Elm Hill to celebrate this iconic medieval section of the city in a new way.

BELONGING(s) is a site-responsive promenade piece that subtly provokes thoughts on migration and the notion of belonging. See members from the local community move from site to site around Anglia Square and Magdalen street and see the familiar in new ways.

Chapelfield Gardens plays host to DENNIS Design Centre, an outdoor workshop where all are invited to imagine and construct something new to be shown during The Garden Party and to become part of the Gardens after the Festival this year has ended.