Garden Party


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We’re delighted to be able to bring back our Garden Party Weekend, two days of beautiful, magical outdoors arts in the park. This year, things will be a little different, however with nine performances and experiences (including five world premieres) it’s a feast of entertainment for all.

How to book

This year’s Garden Party will feature four Zones, with multiple performances in each Zone. You’ll have to pre-book free tickets for a particular Zone. You won’t be able to see all the performances in one day, but the performances will be repeated across both Saturday and Sunday. Plan your weekend with our Garden Party Calendar

View Garden Party Calendar

Free tickets will be available to book on our website and Box Office from 10am on Thursday 6th May.

If you have any questions about access at this year’s Festival, please contact Rachael at


Zone 1 | Why? and The Rascally Diner | 11.15am and 1.45pm


Why? is both a tender and exhilarating aerial duet exploring themes of life, loss, surrender and acceptance in a soft and moving way. It is performed in two parts, to a powerfully haunting commissioned sound score, with spoken word interspersed throughout the piece.

BSL interpreted on Saturday

World Premiere


Everybody clap your pans – it’s time for The Rascally Diner! Cook up a stink as part of Rufus Skumskins O’Parsleys’ kitchen crew or bring a pot to bang and ward off evil cakes in this fun-filled, messy performance about food.

BSL interpreted on Saturday

More Info and Book Free Tickets to Zone 1


Zone 2 | Roll Play and IRMÃ-Sister | 11.45am and 2.30pm


Prepare to be amazed by the explosive tricks and artful dexterity of Simple Cypher as three performers blur the boundaries between hip hop and circus through a series of playful interactions challenging identity, status and societal roles.


IRMÃ-sister is an exhilarating, cutting-edge exploration of the beauty and challenges of our relationships with one another. Complex and thought-provoking, IRMÃ challenges preconceptions about women’s on stage, celebrating their power and ultimately portraying women, who have weight, can sustain weight but also vulnerability.

More Info and Book Free Tickets to Zone 2


Zone 3 | MEarth MOthers and BONDED | 12.45pm and 3.30pm

World Premiere


MEarth MOthers are a trio of climate clowns in extraordinary costumes. Why are we wrecking the world? What are we going to do about it? The MOthers have a physical, fungal response through comedy, music, dance and shamanic ritual.

World Premiere


BONDED, explores the construct of human dependency – especially that of siblings – and how time and external conditions can affect the synergetic connection.   Performed by twin sisters, Kristina and Sadé, the work takes the audience through a transitional journey of inter-and-independency.

More Info and Book Free Tickets to Zone 3


Zone 4 Outside The Forum | GOOD YOUTES WALK | 12pm and 2.45pm

World Premiere

GOOD YOUTES WALK unravels how the youth of today are reclaiming their future and want to address the nations divide, transcending race, class, gender and geography.

“We are divided by our experiences and our values but, change is coming.

Stick around after the performance to see The Invisible Man, an interactive walkabout performance.

World Premiere


The man who isn’t there! A living, breathing science experiment gone wrong. Witness the scientific marvel, learn how he came to (not!) be as he explores his new powers,  be warned you may see more (or less) than you bargained for!

More Info and Book Free Tickets to Zone 4


Across the weekend | Unticketed


The Hidden Music of Trees is an augmented reality outdoor installation by sound artist Jason Singh. Audiences can experience music that has been generated entirely by trees through the interface of mobile phones and a free downloadable app called Artivive.

Explore The Hidden Music of Trees



JMCAnderson’s I Am... project will culminate on Saturday with a number of pop-up interventions inspired by the Memphis Sanitation Worker protests in 1968. Want to get involved? Take part in one of the I Am… workshops and explore what makes you, you!

Find out more about I Am…



Important information

Accessibility: We’re working hard to make the Garden Party as accessible as possible. Check back on this page for the full details of what you can expect from each performance.


For this year, we’re asking you to book a free ticket to attend the Garden Party. Free tickets will be available from 10am on Thursday 6th May.

Booking must be for one household or bubble for all in person events.

There will be staggered entry times for this event to ensure audiences can enter safely.

We will ask for a contact number at the point of booking for NHS Test and Trace, we also ask that all members of your party scan into NHS Test and Trace on entry to the event.


Read our full COVID safety policy here

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22 May

11:00 am


23 May

11:00 am

Norfolk & Norwich Festival is a partner in Without Walls, working with festivals and artists and bringing fantastic
outdoor arts to people in towns and cities across the UK. See for full details.

Alleyne Dance
Bonded is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Salisbury International Arts Festival, part of Wiltshire Creative.

Altered States
The Invisible Man is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Salisbury International Arts Festival, part of Wiltshire Creative and Stockton International Riverside Festival.

Beady Eye
MEarth MOthers is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Stockton International Riverside Festival. The Marlowe Theatre supported R&D via Roar in 2019. 101 Outdoors Arts, Newbury Corn Exchange are providing residencies in 2020.

Damae Dance
IRMÃ-sister is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Hat Fair and Stockton International Riverside Festival. DAMAEDANCE have been supported by Company Chameleon, who offered mentorship and in-kind support for the development of IRMÃ-sister.

Far From The Norm
Good Youtes Walk is commissioned by, supported by 101 Outdoor Arts and Without Walls. Creation residency supported by Out There Arts. Funded by Arts Council England.

Gravity and Levity
Why? is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
Why? was re-created with generous support from Arts Council England, The Point, Fidget Feet and the Irish Aerial Creation Centre.

Jason Singh
The Hidden Music of Trees is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Certain Blacks and Timber Festival.

The Rascally Diner is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Just So Festival.
Further support from artsdepot and Arts Council England.

Simple Cypher
Roll Play is supported by Without Walls and Brighton Festival; Norfolk and Norwich Festival; Salisbury International Arts Festival, part of Wiltshire Creative, and Hat Fair.
Further commissioning, funding and support from Arts Council England, 101 Outdoor Arts and Stratford Circus.

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