Chris Bullzini

Festival Launch

The Journey

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Join us at the Festival launch for a once-in-a-lifetime, ambitious high-wire walk spanning the centre of Norwich. Breath-taking beauty and daring adventure walk in harmony for this magical performance, accompanied by a remarkable live soundscape.

Circus artist Chris Bullzini will go on a 230-metre-long journey from Jarrold, across Norwich Market, to the top of The Forum, celebrating Norwich, its history and its people.


Important information


We’re expecting a large audience, please arrive in good time.

Road closures

Please note the following road closures from 7.30pm onwards: St Giles Street leading into Gaol Hill, closure past Upper Goat Lane. Bethel Street leading into St Peter Street.

A map of the Market, Forum & City Hall indicating viewing areas for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2019 launch.

Exclusion zone

There will be an exclusion zone around the high-wire artist that will limit pedestrian access between 8pm – 10pm. Norwich Market will close at 8pm. Please plan from which area you would like to view the performance in advance.


The closest car parks are The Forum car park, Chapelfield multi-storey car park, Chantry Surface car park and St Giles multi-storey car park.


The Accessible Viewing Area can only be reached via the front of St Peter Mancroft Church. An accessible toilet is available in the Accessible Viewing Area.

If you have any questions regarding access for this event, please email


One man. One high-wire. One ambitious Journey. A whole team of passionate creators.

In the run up to Friday’s Festival Launch, we’ll be releasing daily episodes of The Journey – a back-stage glimpse into the work of artists, musicians and volunteers creating this once-in-a-lifetime piece of Norwich history.

Chris Bullzini

High-wire walk across the river Wear at Tall Ships, Sunderland

Tickets: This is a non-ticketed event

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