Border Crossings

Photo: Tenerae choir in a church, conductor has his back to the camera. Choir is slighlty blurred in a ghostly manner.

For 2019 we explore the contemporary issue of BORDER CROSSINGS beginning with our Festival launch, The Journey. Chris Bullzini’s spectacular traverse of the city skyline, celebrates the people, places and influences that have helped form the modern Norfolk and Norwich.

In the middle of the Cold War, and a period of communist comradery between Cuba and West Africa, seven young Malian musicians were invited to Havana by Castro’s government. Their musical journey embodies how artists travel to world for cultural exchange and is celebrated in a special UK appearance by Las Marivillas de Mali.

In Tenebrae’s fifteenth year, a unique new choral work by in Owain Park, Footsteps, forms the central element to their Cathedral concert. Following the journey of a lonely traveler, constantly moved-on, it explores themes of solitude, upheaval and journeying.

In a Festival co-commission, Wild Longings digs deep into the creative act of rooting and uprooting as we learn how to nurture both plants and people during a time of cultural upheaval.


Images: Masthead © Joe Clarke | Tenebrae © Chris-O’Donovan | Las Maravillas de Mali © Valerie-Malot

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.

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