Transe Express

Festival Launch 2018!

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This year’s Festival opens in spectacular style as carnivalesque drummers take over the streets and larger than life singing dolls transform Norwich city centre into a fantastical open air opera house.

Transe Express have delighted audiences around the world. Join the parade and be awed by the astonishing aerial finale of this musical celebration for the whole family.

If you are attending David McAlmont presents Billie Holiday or Songs of the Sea just before this event, you will be able to enjoy the Launch. NNF staff will be outside the respective venues to direct you to where to join the parade.

Important information

Duration: c. 1 hour 15 minutes

Please note that there is no parking available at Norwich Cathedral.

This is a promenade event along pavements in the City Centre. The procession will cover around 1km / 0.5 miles. The event is expected to last around 75 minutes, of which the final 15-20 minutes will be stationary watching the aerial display.

If you have any access queries please email

St Peter’s Street and Gaol Hill will be closed between 9pm and 10.30pm.


Transe Express

Mobile Homme

Tickets: This is a non-ticketed event

The Free Outdoor Programme is supported by The Paul Bassham Charitable Trust and The Geoffrey Watling Charity.

Image credits: Masthead © Ville De Dijon

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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