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Past Festivals

Past Festivals

Take a look back at some of the highlight shows from previous Festivals.

Black and White Image of St Andrew's Plain, Norwich. Taken in 1910.

History of the Festival

We can date our origins back to 1772, when a fundraising concert for the new Norfolk and Norwich Hospital was held at Norwich Cathedral. 16 years later a four-day Festival took place at St Peter Mancroft and St Andrew’s Hall.

In 1824 the Norfolk & Norwich Triennial was founded, and it wasn’t until the late 1980s that the Festival became an annual event.

Read more about the Festival’s History


Image credits: Masthead © Chris Taylor | 2017 © Dibs McCallum | 2016 © Silk Pearce | 2015 © Steve Tanner | 2014 © JMA Photography | 2013 © JMA Photography | 2012 © Joanna Millington.

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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