Become a Friend

About Us



Rêve d’Herbert

Compagnie des Quidams

This spectacular outdoor celebration of the senses transformed Cathedral Close into a luminous dreamscape where performers became giant lanterns.


The Kindness of Strangers

curious directive

World Premiere

The Kindness of Strangers, a once in a lifetime theatre experience for the adventurous, set in the back of an ambulance.

★★★★ ‘Superb…a show with brains and a heart.’ The Guardian

★★★★ ‘I watched a real ambulance on call with renewed admiration’ Financial Times

A curious directive and Norfolk and Norwich Festival co-production.

Ideas of Flight

The Voice Project

Ideas of Flight

World Premiere

The hundred-strong Voice Project were joined by Andy Sheppard and Trio Zéphyr for a choral song-cycle inspired by bird in flight in Norwich Cathedral and at St Benet’s Abbey.

‘This 100-voice choir are amazing, creating such soaring harmonies, so many variations of the most versatile instrument of all, the voice.’ Eastern Daily Press

Commissioned by The Voice Project and Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

Les Enfants Perdus

World Premiere

A fusion of the rib-tickling, the awe-inspiring, the sensational and the downright surreal, Les Enfants Perdus was a modern day variety show featuring contortionism, acrobatics, comedy and burlesque.

A Norfolk & Norwich Festival Production.

All 2013 companies & artists


  • Aurora Orchestra & Little Angel Theatre
  • Commotion Dance
  • Fevered Sleep
  • Monski Mouse
  • Travelling Lights


Presented in association with Writers’ Centre Norwich

  • Ali Smith
  • Amit Chaudhuri
  • Chris Thorpe
  • Don Paterson
  • Eduardo Halfon
  • Eletronic Voice Phenomena
  • Hannah Lowe
  • Hannah Walker
  • Luke Wright
  • Nathan Penlington
  • Sophie Hannah
  • Will Self


  • Bluemouth inc.
  • Circa/I Fagiolini
  • Compagnie Galapiat
  • Curious directive
  • Franko B
  • Les 7 doigts de la main
  • National Theatre of Scotland
  • Nature Theatre of Oklahoma
  • Still House

Visual Arts

  • Brian Griffiths
  • Caroline McCarthy
  • Funki Porcini
  • Houghton Revisited
  • Lynda Morris
  • Matthew Lutz-Kinoy
  • Rhona Byrne
  • Sven Werner

Free Outdoor

  • Bad Taste Company
  • Compagnie des Quidams
  • Inspector Sands
  • Ljud Group
  • OCM
  • Rag and Bone
  • Superhallo
  • Tilted Productions


  • Alasdair Roberts
  • Aurora Orchestra
  • Bang On A Can All-Stars
  • Britten Sinfonia
  • Clarinet Trio
  • Emily Portman
  • Festival Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • James Boyd
  • John Grant
  • Kayhan Kalhor
  • Khyam Allami & Vasilis Sarikis
  • Kristine Balanas & Reinis Zarins
  • Leporello Quartet
  • London Sinfonietta
  • Mariza
  • Oliver Coates
  • Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Rokia Traoré
  • Sam Furness & Matthew Fletcher
  • Sam Lee & Friends
  • Steven Osbourne
  • The Bad Plus
  • The Bartholdy Quartet & Kei Takumi
  • The Soul Rebels
  • The Voice Project Quintet & Trio Zéphyr
  • Woodkid

The Adnams Spiegeltent

  • Arthur Jeffes
  • Circa
  • Les Enfants Perdus
  • Meow Meow
  • Mikelangelo and The Black Sea Gentlemen
  • Ragroof Theatre
  • The Bo Nanafana Social Club
  • The Tiger Lillies

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.

Registered Charity No. 116442

Amount to Donate £ 0