About Us



At Norfolk & Norwich Festival we believe the arts have and important role to play in exploring, communicating and taking practical action against issues around climate change and the environment.

We recognise our operations and activity have an impact on the environment, but we are committed to measuring, understanding and reducing our impact. We will seek to encourage dialogue and inspire change through our artistic and learning programmes, and in our work with artists, partners, networks and audiences.



Through collaboration with Norwich City Council, Festival Gardens will be powered by a renewable mains source from 2022. No more generators

We’ve joined Vision: 2025, aiming to reduce Festival greenhouse emissions by 50% by 2025

We have registered with Culture Declares Emergency, a growing international movement of individuals and organisations in the cultural sector declaring climate and ecological emergency

We work within our networks to share knowledge and examples of best practice, and inspire and empower others to take positive and proactive steps to address the climate emergency

Our ‘Green Team’ staff working group seek local and national initiatives to engage with and identify ways in which we as individuals and as an organisation can lessen our environmental impact

We have compiled ‘Green Trading Standards’ which we use with all our food stalls. All serve ware provided by concessions is compostable. All the drinkware at the Festival Bar is reusable.

This year, our concessions in the Festival Gardens are meat and fish free

We encourage all our domestic and international artists to travel by train where possible and subsidise many artists travel through our partnership with Greater Anglia

We encourage travel to Festival sites using foot, bicycle or public transport wherever possible

This year, our Festival production van is electric, courtesy of Motus Mercedes and facilitated by our partnership with Inchcape BMW, Norwich

We use our ‘Green Volunteer Team’ to talk to audiences about our approach, support the Festival’s environmental messaging and help implement practical initiatives such as disposing of their waste in separate bins while at the Festival

We encourage audiences to bring their own water bottles to the Festival Gardens and we provide fresh water onsite to refill them

We also look to influence, educate and advocate through our artistic programme. This year, check out Manifesto and Flood at the Garden Party.



  • We will create a travel policy to encourage and support low carbon transport across all our work
  • We will create a sustainable procurement policy to influence our procurement decisions
  • We will create an action plan for environmentally sustainable operation of our office at Norwich Guildhall
  • We will establish a network of local arts organisations to share equipment resources and prevent the unnecessary duplication of production
  • We will continue to rationalise the use of printed materials and, wherever possible, look to more sustainable options
  • We will consider artists’ touring schedules and the environmental impact of their travel and freight to make considered and informed programming decisions

Read our environmental responsibility plan in full here.



  • Where possible, walk or use public transport to attend Festival events. If you need to drive, consider sharing
  • Use recycling facilities at venues, or take waste home with you to recycle
  • Enjoy a beer at the Festival bar – in our reusable cups
  • Use our water refill stations in Festival Gardens to save plastic waste

Share your thoughts on environmental issues at #GreenNNF


Read more about what we’re doing at the Festival to reduce our environmental impact in our sustainability blog series, written by Mark Denbigh, Head of Production and Programme.

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Festival Futures – 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 arts education work, we lead and support celebration, creativity and curiosity in communities across Norfolk.

This year we launch a giving campaign, Festival Futures, to help ensure we continue this work for future generations.

2022’s campaign focuses on ‘Tomorrow’s World’ – the participants, audiences and artists of the future. We aim to raise £20,000 towards our Take Part: Schools programme and towards a range of programming at 2022’s Festival that provides participation and showcase opportunities for young people and early-career artists.  We believe that participation in the arts can increase confidence, creativity and academic results and that by creating performance and commissioning opportunities for the next generation of artists, we are ensuring the future of Norfolk & Norwich Festival. We need your support.

Make a Festival Futures donation to Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

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