Festival at 250

Norfolk & Norwich Festival has a long, rich history as a community celebration.  Founded in 1772 as a fundraising event for the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital we have been at the cultural heart of Norfolk ever since.  We are a Charity, which holds true to the central commitment of those first events: to celebrate, to share cultures and to bring our community together.

We celebrate 250 years of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival in 2022.  From fashionable fundraiser, to iconic music festival, to multi art form celebration… as the world has changed, so have we.

As we approach our 250th anniversary, we are looking to the future. We will be exploring the role of a Festival in the twenty-first century with artists, audiences and communities, creating bold new art, working with more young people, exploring our social responsibility and celebrating this wonderful place in which we live.

250 Projects

As we look to mark this landmark 250th year of Norfolk & Norwich Festival, we are developing a number of projects working with communities and young people across the county. We will be celebrating people, places and culture, nurturing creativity and looking to bring our Festival Spirit to every corner of the county.

Common Ground

Common Ground will inspire new forms of heritage interpretation, enabling young people to generate and present unconventional ideas. This project is run in partnership with Norfolk Wildlife Trust, National Trust, Prince’s Trust, SHARE Museums East, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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Lone Twin, The Two Fifty

The Two Fifty celebrates the volunteers without whom the Festival would not happen, artists Lone Twin will create a guild of 250 volunteers over the next three years who will take part in random acts of kindness and impromptu art. Two hundred and fifty people from across Norfolk join together to help Norfolk have a better day. A unique participatory experience and long term social resource, The Two Fifty, a guild for our times, is at your service.

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Lost and Found Films of Norfolk

Andy Field of Forest Fringe (News News News 2019) works with artists, including Christopher Brett Bailey and Keisha Thompson, and children from schools across Norfolk to uncover lost films about the very true history of Norfolk.

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Festival History

One of the oldest Festival’s in the UK, our origins can be traced back to the founding of the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital in 1772

Click here to read more about our history

Past Festivals

Relive your past favourite shows

Take a look back at some of the highlights from previous Festivals

Image credits: Masthead © JMA Photography. Common Ground © TBC. The Two Fifty © Lone Twin. Lost & Found Films of Norfolk © Andy Field.