Arrivals + Departures

This is a past event which has now ended.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020 has been cancelled

It is with regret that we have taken the very difficult but ultimately inevitable decision to cancel the 2020 Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

With the rapidly escalating health-crisis and with the safety of our audiences, staff and artists at heart, we have taken the decision that it is impossible for us to deliver the Festival this May.

If you have booked a ticket for the Festival, you do not need to do anything. You are entitled to a refund and we will be in touch soon. Please bear with us during this difficult time. If you have the capacity to make a donation of part or all of your ticket value, we would be extremely grateful – it would help ensure we’re well-placed to support artists and be able to present future Festivals.

Tickets for Anish Kapoor were booked directly through Houghton Hall, find out more here

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Arrivals + Departures is a public artwork about birth, death and the journey in between, created by artist duo YARA +DAVINA. Taking the recognisable form of an arrivals and departures board, the artwork displays names of people submitted by the public as a way of celebrating and commemorating a birth (an arrival) or a death (a departure). Located  at The Forum , these nostalgic display boards capture the joy and sadness of any arrivals hall or departure lounge.

Visitors and passers-by can choose to contribute names via a live interaction with a guide at the Arrivals + Departures boards, or online at www.arrivalsanddepartures.net.

Integral to the public artwork are a series of free events, talks and workshops inviting people to sing, laugh, dance and maybe cry, through collective moments of figuring out how to better celebrate new life, grieve, live well and prepare for the end. Details of this free programme will be announced closer to the Festival.

Important information

Tickets: This is a non-ticketed event

Co-commissioned and produced by Artsadmin with support from Create To Connect > Create To Impact through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Freedom Festival Arts Trust and Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

Publicly funded through Arts Council England.

Supported by

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