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The Guild of Wayfinders

The Guild of Wayfinders are Festival volunteers, who led a tour as part of our 2022 Festival through the unique spaces of the medieval Guildhall and 250 years of Festivals past. Lone Twin’s Gregg Whelan and Gary Winters directed the project, working with Creative Associate Jade-Marie Anderson. The Guild of Wayfinders is a Festival 250 project, celebrating our 250th anniversary and move into Norwich Guildhall.

“Being a Wayfinder means thinking on your feet, answering unexpected questions, and working as a team. I did research to ensure I could answer questions about the Guildhall, but also learnt from the other Wayfinders.” Guild of Wayfinders Volunteer

Festival 2022

On Friday 13 May 2022, Dominoes by Stationhouse Opera travelled through Norwich City Centre, starting at Anglia Square and finishing at The Forum. Our volunteers helped build the line of over 7,500 concrete dominoes, divided into fourteen sections along the 2.2km route. They acted as “guardian angels” to secure the route and engage the public in the project. It was a huge effort from all those involved and was one of the favourite events our volunteers contributed to in 2022.

“Thank you so much for making it possible for us to volunteer on Dominoes… it was a very special event. The experience had a profound effect on me. I don’t think I have ever felt so challenged or so involved as I did yesterday.” Dominoes Volunteer

Festival 2021

In 2021 award winning sound artist Ray Lee brought his monumental kinetic sound sculptures to Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Ring Out is a dramatic outdoor musical and visual spectacle and volunteers were at the heart of it, swinging the bell-like speaker cones that soar up over the heads of the audience, ringing forth with a peel of electronic tones that combine into a transfixing harmony.

“So pleased to have been a part of this, the most challenging thing I’ve ever done at the festival, way outside of my comfort zone but such a supportive team of artists and ringers that it all feels good.” Ring Out Volunteer

Photo: Four people dancing outside in a field.

Festival 2019

In 2019, members of the community took part in a mass performance of the game Grandmother’s Footsteps in Frippery, with Stopgap Dance Company, and told stories and animated Chris Bullzini’s high-wire walk across the centre of Norwich in The Journey.

If you’re interested in taking part in 2023’s Festival, please email volunteers@nnfestival.org.uk.

Image credits: Masthead © Original art works by ‘And Now’

The Guild of Wayfinders Image by Kat Mager

Festival 2022 Image by Mary Doggett

Festival 2019 Image by Nick Read



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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