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Festival Launch

Stationhouse Opera – Dominoes


Over 10,000 people watched 7,500 giant dominoes topple through the streets of Norwich to kick off our 250th anniversary Festival!

Creating Festival Spirit across the whole city, Dominoes brought communities together through participation and engagement – hundreds of volunteers and audience members gathered to make this unique event

Sponsored by Norwich BID. Free Outdoor Programme Partner Tarmac. Supported by the Paul Bassham Charitable Trust.




Side by Side

Britten Sinfonia with Pete Letanka

World Premiere

Throughout the day, local young musicians played across Norfolk alongside the world-class players of Britten Sinfonia. These performances culminated in a large, open-air concert in Festival Gardens, featuring the world premiere of Side by Side, a new work specially composed for the occasion by Pete Letanka.

Produced and supported by Orchestras Live and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Supported by The Chivers Trust


Cirque Alfonse

All beards, barrel chests and brazen burlesque, Barbu delved into the origins of Montreal’s 19th century circus, bringing edge-of-your seat entertainment and a frenetic electro-folk band to Festival Gardens.

Supported by La Tohu (Montreal), The Canada Arts Council, le Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec. Sponsored by Dipple & Conway Opticians. With kind thanks to Director’s Circle Supporters, Simon De-Lacy Adams & Robin Norman.

Signal on Sea

Strijbos & Van Rijswijk


Dutch sound artists Strijbos & Van Rijswijk transformed Great Yarmouth’s North Beach with a landscape of sound.

Two performances of Signal at Dusk accompanied the installation, in which live sopranos provided an hour long promenade across the beach, transforming the landscape as the sun set overhead.

Supported by IN SITU. Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

The Adnams Spiegeltent

  • Broadside Hacks
  • Calum MacColl
  • Cirque Alfonse
  • Claire Parsons Co.
  • dat Brass
  • Figs in Wigs
  • Grace Petrie
  • Jonny Woo
  • Le Gateau Chocolat
  • Levitation Orchestra
  • Peggy Seeger
  • Ragroof Tea Dance
  • Sean Shibe
  • WOOM

Visual Arts

  • Arts Council Collection
  • Babeworld
  • Cal Hudson
  • Claire Stevens
  • Collusion
  • Connor Coulston
  • Ellena Woolf
  • Festival Foundations Exhibition
  • Florence Dennis
  • haptic/tacit
  • Hattie Spalding
  • Hester Chillingworth
  • Hope Brooks
  • Ian Brownlie
  • Ingrid Banerjee Marvin
  • James Turrell
  • Jay Spooner
  • John Rogers
  • John Virtue
  • Joni Smith
  • Klanghaus Neutrinos
  • Lacey Law
  • Leiko Ikemura
  • Oozing Gloop
  • Richard Slee
  • Ryan Gander
  • Salome Wagaine

Free Outdoor

  • Air Giants
  • Avant Garde Dance
  • Daryl Beeton Productions
  • Fatt Projects
  • Joli Vyann
  • Matthew Harrison
  • Mimbre
  • Say
  • Strijbos & Van Rijswijk
  • Supple Productions
  • Stationhouse Opera
  • The Clay Connection
  • Theatre Témoin
  • Tony Adigun


  • Common Wealth
  • Frozen Light
  • Fuel
  • Gandini Juggling
  • Joshua Sofaer
  • Kamini Ramachandran
  • Karine Sauvé
  • Lone Twin
  • Lost Dog
  • Marion Leeper
  • Nick Power
  • The Guild of Wayfinders

Classical Music

  • Britten Sinfonia
  • Carolyn Sampson
  • Consone Quartet
  • Daniel Pioro
  • David Dunnett
  • Erland Cooper
  • Exaudi Vocal Ensemble
  • Helen Charlston
  • James McVinnie
  • Lawrence Power
  • Leo Popplewell
  • National Jazz Youth Orchestra
  • Norwich Cathedral Choir
  • Norwich Philharmonic Chorus
  • Pete Letanka
  • Rebecca Afonwy-Jones
  • Ross Ramgobin
  • Simon Crawford-Philips
  • Steven Osborne
  • The Heath Quartet
  • Thomas Gould
  • Toby Carr
  • William Vann

Contemporary Music

  • Anna Meredith
  • Afiya
  • Amaan Ali Bangash
  • Amjad Ali Khan
  • Arun Ghosh
  • Avenhue x Latekid
  • Ayaan Ali Bangash
  • Ben Auld
  • Brown Horse
  • Caroline Shaw
  • Darri T
  • Elina Duni
  • Fred Thomas
  • Hermeto Pascoal
  • Jessica Walker
  • Jossy Mitsu
  • Luke Styles
  • Malana
  • Marina Florance
  • Molly Willis
  • Moor Mother
  • NYJX
  • Rob Luft
  • Sō Percussion
  • Soul Stew


Presented in association with National Centre for Writing

  • A.K Blakemore
  • Ayanna Lloyd Banwo
  • Galley Beggar Press
  • Guinevere Glasfurd
  • Kit de Waal
  • Ko Ko Thett
  • Lewis Buxton
  • Meiko Kawakami
  • Melissa Fu
  • Rob Mitchell
  • Richard Mainwaring
  • Rose Feather
  • Story Machine
  • Yan Ge


  • Lost & Found Films of Norfolk

Image credits:

Masthead Image: James Bass

Dominoes Images: James Bass, Mary Doggett, Malachy Luckie

Side by Side Image: Luke Witcomb

Barbu Images: Luke Witcomb

Signal on Sea Image: Malachy Luckie

Arts make life better

Norfolk & Norwich Festival brings tens of thousands of people together in celebration – it has been doing this for 250 years. Through our May Festival and our year-round arts education work, focusing on children and young people, we lead and support celebration, creativity and curiosity in communities across Norfolk and the region.

This year we begin an exciting new initiative, Festival Connect & Create that will bring creative opportunities to those schools and communities with least provision. Creativity transforms people’s lives. It builds cohesive communities, develops vital skills and supports health and wellbeing. We want more people to have access to creative opportunities.

Please consider donating to support and develop this work. With your help we can increase access to the life changing power of the arts.

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