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Chris Bullzini – The Journey


Over 12,000 people watched circus artist Chris Bullzini embark on a 230-metre-long journey from Jarrold, across Norwich Market, to the top of The Forum. Celebrating Norwich, its history and its people the walk was accompanied by a live score and soundscape created by Helen Atkinson and Victoria Abbot.

Produced by  Norfolk & Norwich Fesitval. Sponsored by Norwich BID. Supported by The Forum & Jarrold.

News News News

Andy Field & Beckie Darlington


Photo: an old TV on a stool in front of an orange background. News News News logo shown on the TV. 70s style.

World Premiere

This is the news. This is what’s happening. We have our eyes on the city and our fingers on the pulse. 

A television news show made by children for adults, recorded in front of a studio audience and broadcast live on the internet. Working with artists Andy Field and Beckie Darlington, children from Norwich Primary Academy presented bulletins from the city, offering a unique perspective on politics, their community & the environment.

Commissioned by Cambridge Junction and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Supported by Arts Council England, the Stobbs New Ideas Fund and a Cambridge City Council Public Art Grant.

Wild Longings



Photo: a woman with an orchid on her head, seemingly disembodied hands adjusting the flower

World Premiere

Created for The Plantation Garden, Wild Longings took audiences on a garden tour sown with stories of transformation, conservation tips, and songs, all rooted with a desire to provide succour to each other and the environment.


Co-commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival, funded by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and subsidised by an Arts Council England Project Fund. Produced by Artsadmin. With thanks to Norfolk & Norwich Festival Director’s Circle Supporters Simon De-Lacy Adams & Robin Norman.


Eliza & Marin Carthy


Eliza and Martin Carthy stand at the edge of a boat wrapped up in coats and scarves

Commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

Featuring long-time collaborators Duotone and Sheema Mukherjee (Imagined Village, Transglobal Underground), and dancer and choreographer Ewan Wardop (Matthew Bourne, Formby, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, The Bo Diddlers).

Eliza and Martin Carthy spent time compiling and curating a collection of musical and poetical works from the East of England. Exploring myths, legends, poems and ballads from the furthest North of Northumberland, through Hull right down to Suffolk, where you can also find East Anglian step dancing, performed at the event by Ewan with the band.



All 2019 companies & artists

Classical Music

  • Britten Sinfonia
  • Clare Hammond
  • Colin Currie Quartet
  • Gothic Voice
  • Jess Gillam
  • Mahan Esfahani
  • Mariam Batsashvili
  • Misha Mullov-Abbado Group
  • Norwich Cathedral Choir
  • Quatuor Arod
  • Quercus
  • Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque
  • Sean Shibe
  • Simon Höfele & Simone Rubino
  • Tenebrae
  • Tord Gustavsen Trio


Presented in association with National Centre for Writing

  • Adelaide Ivánov
  • Aida Edemariam
  • Ali Smith
  • Andrew Cown
  • Andrew McDonnell
  • Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Handover
  • Ian Jack
  • Inua Ellams
  • James Meek
  • Jan Carson
  • Kate Clanchy
  • Kerry Hudson
  • Lila Azam Zanganeh
  • Matthew Tompkins
  • Nicholas Jubber
  • Priyamvada Gopal
  • Rachel Long
  • Rose George
  • S.A. Harris
  • Sarah Hall
  • Sarah Perry
  • Sigrid Rausing
  • Simon Okotie
  • Sinéad Gleeson
  • The Book Hive
  • Tom Bolton

Visual Arts

  • Anthony Caro
  • Henry Moore
  • James Turrell
  • John Christie
  • Neville Gabie & Joan Gabie
  • Richard Wiesner
  • Ryan Gander
  • Will Teather

Contemporary Music

  • Anandi & Debashish Bhattacharya
  • Beverley Knight
  • Chilly Gonzales
  • Eliza & Martin Carthy
  • Judi Jackson
  • Kit Downes
  • Las Maravillas De Mali
  • Nella
  • Salomé
  • Sarah Jane Morris


  • Lords of Strut

Free Outdoor

  • Apolcalyptic Circus
  • Chris Bullzini
  • Genevieve Lacey
  • Glass House Dance
  • Johannes Bellinkx
  • Motionhouse
  • Plunge Boom
  • Ray Lee
  • Spitz & Co
  • Stopgap Dance Company
  • Talawa Theatre Company
  • Upswing


  • Andy Field & Beckie Darlington
  • Boy Blue
  • Curious
  • Dante or Die
  • Gandini Juggling
  • Gravity & Other Myths
  • Hannah Jane Walker
  • Hoipolloi
  • Joe Moran
  • ThisEgg & Made My Wardrobe
  • Victoria Thierrée Chaplin
  • Vincent Gambini

The Adnams Spiegeltent

  • Afriquoi
  • Ariwo with Camilla George
  • Dorothy’s Shoes
  • Hannah Williams & The Affirmations
  • Le Gateau Chocolate & Jonny Woo
  • Liniker E Os Caramelows
  • Mother’s Ruin
  • Nakhane
  • Playing Up
  • Renegade Brass Band
  • The Turbans

Image credits: Masthead image: NNF19 Festival Launch © Julian Claxton

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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