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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.

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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