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Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2011 – new director and programme announced

  • Date: 25 January 2011
  • Area: National, South East
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William Galinsky. Credit: Jon Tonks

It's a New Year, and with it comes a fabulous new line-up and a brand new artistic director for Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2011 (NNF11).

And the festival office at NNF11 is buzzing with excitement in anticipation of an already-impressive line-up at this year's event which will take place from 6-21 May 2011.

Placed in the capable hands of new artistic director William Galinsky, replacing outgoing director Jonathan Holloway, it is looking likely this year's programme will build on the unprecedented success of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2010.

William was singled out for his impressive track record as artistic director of Cork Midsummer Festival, which he helped to transform into an internationally-recognised event. He was also chosen for his strong background in theatre, his reputation for international collaboration and his support of local artists and performers.

Discussing his new appointment, William said: 'The growth and ambition charted by Norfolk & Norwich Festival in recent years have made it one of the truly 'standout' festivals in the UK.

'The history and geography of this stunning part of the world present extraordinary possibilities for a festival that I fully intend to make the most of in the coming years. It will be a privilege for me to lead Norfolk & Norwich Festival into the future.'

An early look at the 2011 programme reveals a veritable smorgasbord of talented acts from across the globe.

Shows will range from the fantastical outdoor theatrics of Artichoke's Dining with Alice, to the majestic music of the Russian Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra. And from the acrobatics of Moroccan show Chouf-Ouchouf to the 'Queen of Fado', Portuguese singer Mariza - there will be something for everyone.

If that isn't enough to whet the appetite, there will also be an extensive programme of free street performance May Daze. Last year's event attracted more than 20,000 spectators. Another highlight will be Andy Sheppard's Saxophone Massive - a 200-strong fanfare from both amateur and professional saxophonists. Anyone interested in taking part in this event should contact 

Norfolk & Norwich Festival has seen audiences increase 1500 per cent since 2004 under the directorship of Jonathan Holloway, with over 300,000 people attending events in May 2010. Its world-class programme has attracted a significant increase in the number of under 25s and attendees from outside Norwich.

Rachel Drury, Senior Manager, Arts Council England, said: 'Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2011 promises to be bigger and better than ever. This sneak preview of the line-up shows the festival has secured its reputation by yet again attracting a wealth of world class artists to entertain, inspire and delight its fast-growing audiences.'

The full festival line-up will be announced in early March 2011. Tickets for highlight shows are now available on the NNF website, by phone on 01603 766400 and in person at Norwich Theatre Royal.