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Museum of the Moon

Luke Jerram

Over 25,000 visitors enjoyed a giant inflatable moon featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface.

A line-up of lunar-inspired events took place beneath the moon, including Rabo de Foguete, Total Ensemble Theatre Company and Norwich Cathedral Choir.

‘I wish there were celestial bodies peppered around Norwich all year round’ Audience member

Museum of the Moon by artist Luke Jerram, co-commissioned by a number of creative organisations brought together by Luke Jerram and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. These include: At-Bristol, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Lakes Alive, Provincial Domain Dommelhof, Brighton Festival, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and Without Walls.

The Arms of Sleep

The Voice Project

World Premiere

Exploring the architecture of The Assembly House, forty audience members per show enjoyed a ten hour overnight choral performance with music from Jonathan Baker, Helen Chadwick, Orlando Gough and Jon Hopkins.

‘one of the most mystifying, magical nights of my life.’ Outline

A Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Brighton Festival co-commission; co-produced by Norfolk & Norwich Festival and The Voice Project.

VR Playground

Thrill Laboratory

World Premiere

Over 5,400 people experienced VR Playground, a virtual reality swing ride created by the world’s only Thrill Engineer, Professor Brendan Walker, and his team of Thrill Laboratory technicians.

‘WOW! VR Playground! This is one of the BEST experiences!’ Audience Member

Co-commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Horizon Digital Economy Research, Arts Council England, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival. Co-produced by Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Horizon Digital Economy Research and Thrill Laboratory.

Rear View

IOU Theatre

World Premiere

Rear View took theatre to the streets of Norwich aboard a customer-made double-decker bus, telling a moving sotry about a woman’s life led by performance poets Cecilia Knapp and Jemima Foxtrot.

**** ‘A profound, perception-altering, poetic experience on the streets of central Norwich’ The Stage

Co-commissioned and presented by Batley Festival, Festival of Thrift, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, LeftCoast, Blackpool, Fleetwood Festival of Transport featuring SpareParts, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Out There Festival, The Piece Hall, SO Festival and Stockton International Riverside Festival.

Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring.


Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring.  comprised of three live performances and a film, featuring over 40 local participants from internationally renowned theatre company Quarantine.

**** ‘Tonight and tomorrow the show will be different. Because that’s how life is….’ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian on Summer

Norwich production co-produced by Quarantine and Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

All 2017 companies & artists

Classical Music

  • Annelien Van Wauwe & Amatis Trio
  • Britten Sinfonia
  • Calidore Quartet
  • Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton
  • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Kathryn Rudge & James Baillieu
  • Paul Lewis
  • Steven Isserlis
  • Vox Luminis & Freiburg Baroque Consort


  • Juliet Kelly
  • The Lords of Strut


Presented in association with Writers’ Centre Norwich

  • Alison Weir
  • Anabel Hernandez
  • Anjali Joseph
  • Caroline Criado Perez
  • Cathy Rentzenbrink
  • CN Lester
  • David Bellos
  • Eimear McBride
  • Evie Wyld
  • Gareth Evans
  • Hannah Berry
  • Harry Brett
  • Ian Cobain
  • Isabel Greenberg
  • John Agard
  • John Bew
  • John Christie
  • John McGregor
  • Lewis Dartnell
  • Lucy Hughes-Hallett
  • Lydia Cacho
  • Madeline Thien
  • Mark O’Connell
  • Max Porter
  • Megan Bradbury
  • Michael Dibb
  • Paul Bew
  • Polly Morland
  • Richard Beard
  • Robert Service
  • Ross Raisin
  • Sarah Hall
  • Sarah Perry
  • Siddhartha Bose
  • Steve Richards
  • Tim Winton
  • Will Self

Contemporary Music

  • Brad Mehldua Trio
  • Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • Lula Pena
  • Maarja Nuut
  • Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill
  • Naturally 7
  • Philip Glass & Laurie Anderson
  • The Voice Project

Free Outdoor

  • Cian Kinsella
  • CircusOutsideTheBox
  • Cocoloco
  • Dizzy O’Dare
  • Frank Bölter
  • Luke Jerram
  • Humanhood
  • Matthew Harrison
  • TheatreFragile
  • Thrill Laboratory
  • Wild n Beets
  • Wired Aerial Theatre


  • Akram Khan Company
  • Camilla Beeput
  • Claire Cunningham & Jess Curtis
  • IOU Theatre
  • Luke Wright
  • Quarantine
  • Race Horse Company

The Adnams Spiegeltent

  • Casus Circus
  • Ezra Collective
  • Get The Blessing
  • Hocus Pocus Theatre & Gossamer Thread’s Vaudeville Co
  • Kansas Smitty’s House Band
  • LaSharVu
  • Nadine Shah
  • The Ragroof Players
  • Toto La Momposina

Visual Arts

  • Hans-Peter Feldmann
  • Rana Begum
  • Richard Long

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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