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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 are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded National Lottery Heritage Funding to produce a key project for our 250 celebrations. Festival Forever will investigate the extensive history of the Festival, delivering work throughout the year. Keep an eye out for updates as this incredible project progresses.

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 mark our landmark 250th year of Norfolk & Norwich Festival, we have developed 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.

Festival Forever

We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded National Lottery Heritage Funding to produce a key project for our 250 celebrations. Festival Forever has three principals: research, record and celebrate the history of Norfolk & Norwich Festival and the people whose lives it has touched. It is the historical context and cornerstone project in our celebration of Festival Spirit – the story of community aspiration and engagement we’re telling during our 250 anniversary.

Keep an eye out as this incredible project progresses throughout the year.

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) has been working 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.

Festival Futures – 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 arts education work, we lead and support celebration, creativity and curiosity in communities across Norfolk.

This year we launch a giving campaign, Festival Futures, to help ensure we continue this work for future generations.

2022’s campaign focuses on ‘Tomorrow’s World’ – the participants, audiences and artists of the future. We aim to raise £20,000 towards our Take Part: Schools programme and towards a range of programming at 2022’s Festival that provides participation and showcase opportunities for young people and early-career artists.  We believe that participation in the arts can increase confidence, creativity and academic results and that by creating performance and commissioning opportunities for the next generation of artists, we are ensuring the future of Norfolk & Norwich Festival. We need your support.

Make a Festival Futures donation to Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

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