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We returned for 14 days in 2021 with a specially created one-off adaptation, which included outdoor and socially distanced performance, art, music and a digital strand

Don't Touch Duckie


A Norfolk & Norwich Festival Commission

On the first legal day for live performance, south London cabaret münters Duckie presented a drag showbiz speakeasy for a few hundred real people and a few hundred cardboard stiffs.

Hosted by Bourgeois & Maurice, with spectacular performance bulletins by Thick & Tight, Oozing Gloop, Harry Alexander, Legs ’67, Joan Collins and Dame Barbara Cartland. The cabaret magazine included a chat with our Artistic Director about this year’s Festival, and culminated in post-show bubble dancing and stiffs by Robin Whitmore.

Sponsored by PwC

Garden Sessions

In Collaboration with Wild Paths

On the final Festival Weekend we brought live music back to the Gardens in true Festival style.

The line-up included Mercury-nominated headliner Moses Boyd, Shunaji, Ebi Soda, Maya Law, Poppy Ajudha, Ego Ella May, Chartreuse and Freya Roy.

Sponsored by FX Home

Festival Mobile Stage

In a new initiative, we are brought some special work to communities on the back of a truck!

It has been difficult to get out and about for many this year, even more so than usual, and we wanted to make sure as many people as possible got to experience live performance. From residential homes and community squares to schools and hospitals, our stage rolled up and brought live acts to 2275 audience members – it was great to see you all!

‘It was excellent – and much enjoyed by our residents who, although they would not normally attend Norfolk and Norwich Festival events, spoke of it constantly in the days that followed’ Feedback from The Great Hospital

Experience Packs

A Norfolk & Norwich Festival Commission

We invited audiences to unpack an experience with our 4 Experience Packs, each designed to help you connect with nature and art in a new and accessible way!

The NNF21 packs were A Rain Walk by Andy Field  & Beckie Darlington, Something for Your Shelter by Frozen Light for audiences with PMLD, Rambles with Nature by Sheila Ghelani and Going Somewhere by Noëmi Lakmaier.



All 2021 Companies and Artists

Classical Music
Britten Sinfonia
I Fagiolini
Mahan Esfahani
Manchester Collective
Norwich Cathedral Choir
Norwich Chamber Music
Samson Tsoy
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields


Presented in collaboration with the National Centre for Writing
Abir Mukherjee
Derek Owusu
Ellah P. Wakatama
Jessica L. Lee
Kerri ní Dochartaigh
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Jessica L. Lee
The Book Hive

Future and Form

Presented in collaboration with UEA
Ayòbámi Adébáyò
Imogen Hermes
James McDermott
Mitch Johnson
Mona Arshi
Tash Aw

Visual Arts
Caroline Fisher
Common Ground Leaders
Cristina Iglesias
Genevieve Rudd
Grayson Perry
GroundWork Gallery
Katie Spragg
Norwich Castle Open Art Show
Tony Cragg

Experience Packs
Andy Field
Beckie Darlington
Frozen Light
Noemi Lakmaier
Shelia Ghelani

Contemporary Music
Abel Selaocoe
Article XI
Ebi Soda
Ego Ella May
Freya Roy
Hatis Noit
Holding Hands
Jessica Walker
Luke Styles
Maya Law
Moses Boyd
Nabihah Iqbal
Poppy Ajudha
Sarathy Korwar

Free Outdoor
Alleyne Dance
Altered States
Beady Eye
Emergency Exit Arts
Far From The Norm
Gravity & Levity
Hunt & Darton
Jason Singh
Marc Parry
Simple Cypher
Yara + Davina

600 Highwaymen
Blast Theory
Bourgeois & Maurice
Chris Dowding
Holly Bodmer
Legs ’67
Matthew Robbins
Oozing Gloop
Ray Lee
Requardt & Rosenberg
The Javaad Alipoor Company
The Other Way Works
Thick & Tight
Tim Spooner

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

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