About Us



The People's Tower

Olivier Grossetête

A magnificent cardboard version of St Peter Mancroft Church, designed by French artist Olivier Grossetête and built by audiences Outside The Forum. After construction the cardboard monument was knocked down.

‘I helped make The People’s Tower on Saturday… I love the way the Festival always finds those surprise moments – I’m still buzzing about it days later’ Audience Member


The Voice Project

The 150 strong The Voice Project Choir and Bold as Brass Ensemble led audiences on a tour of the grounds and Marble Hall at Holkham, accompanied by percussion from Derek Scurll and portable piano from Adrian Lever.

‘Quite simply, this is possibly the most beautiful and moving experience of its kind that I have seen and heard.’ The Norwich Blog



curious directive

World Premiere

Pioneer was a life-affirming tale about mankind’s desire to reach towards another planet, telling the story of the first mission to mars.

★★★★ ‘Restlessly intelligent theatre’ Telegraph

A curious directive, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Watford Palace Theatre co-production.


All 2014 companies & artists

Classical Music

  • Bernadl Quartet
  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Deco Ensemble
  • Doric String Quartet
  • Evelyne Berezovsky
  • Louis Lortie
  • Mahogany opera Group
  • Narek Hakhnazaryan & Oxana Shevchenko
  • Norwich Cathedral Choir
  • Notus Winds
  • Patricia Rozario & Josephine Knight
  • Philharmonia Orchestra
  • The Jorgensen Trio
  • The Sixteen
  • The Voice Project


  • David Mckee
  • Monski Mouse


Presented in association with Writers’ Centre Norwich

  • Alexander Gordon Smith
  • Avaes Mohammad
  • Darren Shan
  • Diane Setterfield
  • Hermione Lee
  • Iain Ross
  • Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • Kate Mosse
  • L.Kennedy
  • Mary & Bryan Talbot
  • Molly Nalor
  • Raffaella Barker
  • Ray Davies
  • Ross Sutherland
  • Samantha Ellis
  • Siddhartha Bose


  • Breakin’ Convention
  • Circa
  • curious directive
  • David Leddy
  • Dmitry Krymov Lab
  • John Hurt & John Granger
  • Michael Clark Company

Visual Arts

  • Kathy Hinde
  • Stephen Brandes
  • Tim Davies

Contemporary Music

  • Andy Sheppard
  • Dave Okumu & The Invisible with Shingai Shoniwa
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Javier Limón & Magos Herrera
  • Jow Boyd & Olivia Chaney
  • Lavinia Meijer
  • Madeleine Peyroux
  • Mike Westbrook
  • Philip Sheppard
  • Phronesis
  • Rue Royale
  • S. Carey from Bon Iver
  • Serafina Steer
  • Snarky Puppy
  • Toumani Diabaté

Free Outdoor

  • Acrojou
  • Lords of Strut
  • Metro-Boulot-Dodo
  • Olivier Grossetete
  • Ramshacklicious
  • Wet Picnic

Live Art Club

  • 30 Bird
  • Bo Nanafana
  • Christopher Brett bailey & Christopher Dobrowolski
  • Hunt & Darton Café
  • John Boursnell
  • Kindle Theatre
  • Other/other/other
  • Rachel Mars
  • Stacy Makishi
  • Sylvia Rimat
  • The Neutrinos

The Adnams Spiegeltent

  • Bo Nanafana
  • Bourgeois & Maurice
  • Camille O’Sullivan
  • Die Roten Punkte
  • Family Atlantica
  • Molotov Jukebox
  • Orkestra Del Sol
  • Red Bastard
  • Riot Jazz Brass Band
  • The Ragroof Players
  • Wings of Desire

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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