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Festival at 250

Festival at 250

Norfolk & Norwich Festival has a long, rich history as a community celebration.  Founded in 1772 as a fundraising event for the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital we have been at the cultural heart of Norfolk ever since.  We are a Charity, which holds true to the central commitment of those first events: to celebrate, to share cultures and to bring our community together.

We celebrate 250 years of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival in 2022.  From fashionable fundraiser, to iconic music festival, to multi art form celebration… as the world has changed, so have we.

As we approach our 250th anniversary, we are looking to the future. We will be exploring the role of a Festival in the twenty-first century with artists, audiences and communities, creating bold new art, working with more young people, exploring our social responsibility and celebrating this wonderful place in which we live.

250 Projects

As we look to mark this landmark 250th year of Norfolk & Norwich Festival, we are developing a number of projects working with communities and young people across the county. We will be celebrating people, places and culture, nurturing creativity and looking to bring our Festival Spirit to every corner of the county.

Common Ground

Common Ground will inspire new forms of heritage interpretation, enabling young people to generate and present unconventional ideas. This project is run in partnership with Norfolk Wildlife Trust, National Trust, Prince’s Trust, SHARE Museums East, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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Lost and Found Films of Norfolk

Andy Field of Forest Fringe (News News News 2019) works with artists, including Christopher Brett Bailey and Keisha Thompson, and children from schools across Norfolk to uncover lost films about the very true history of Norfolk.

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Festival History

One of the oldest Festival’s in the UK, our origins can be traced back to the founding of the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital in 1772

Click here to read more about our history

Past Festivals

Relive your past favourite shows

Take a look back at some of the highlights from previous Festivals

Image credits: Masthead © JMA Photography. Common Ground © TBC. The Two Fifty © Lone Twin. Lost & Found Films of Norfolk © Andy Field.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival brings tens of thousands of people together in celebration – it has been doing this for nearly 250 years. Through our arts education work, we lead and support celebration, creativity and curiosity in communities across Norfolk.

2021 offers hope for the creative sector, and as an arts charity, we are redoubling our efforts to share meaningful art and cultural experiences with people across Norfolk. We rely on support from our audiences, partners and supporters to continue to bring innovative and inspirational programming and commissioning to the region, and to empower those who might not otherwise have access to the life-changing power of the arts. Find out more about how you can support us, as an individual or as an organisation below.

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