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Norfolk & Norwich Festival unveils its programme for May 2012

  • Date: 13 March 2012
  • Area: South East
AirHotel, Time Circus

AirHotel, Time Circus.

As one of the most significant arts festivals in the UK, this year’s Norfolk & Norwich Festival promises to be a memorable season.

There has been a lot of excitement generated around the festival and sales of tickets on the first day of release were up 58% on last year.

From 16 to 24 May 2012 and boasting a line-up with over 100 events across the county, there are more reasons than ever before to head to Norfolk this May.

Helen Lax, Regional Director in the East for Arts Council England, spoke at the London launch of the festival on 1 March, where new creative director William Galinsky unveiled the 2012 programme. William says, ‘We’ve collaborated with a host of visionary artists as well as local, national and international partners to create a fantastic programme.’

Norfolk & Norwich Festival is a regularly funded arts organisation with a reputation for innovative and inspirational commissioning. This year’s festival features world leading outdoor arts, music, theatre, cabaret, circus, dance, visual arts, written word and an extended kids programme.

The Festival exposes audiences to a huge variety of different experiences, with Britten Sinfonia and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra on the bill, alongside a chance to spend the night in an extraordinary tree top hotel (Airhotel) and the first opportunity in 65 million years to help feed, water and care for life-like dinos in the Dinosaur Petting Zoo.

There is a definite focus on emerging talent within the diverse programme. Visual art curated by Norfolk based Outpost sees a disused modernist 1960s office block taken over for Twofold, an ambitious investigation into contemporary modes of painting with Gregor Hylla and Yelena Popova. While new venue BETA, dedicated to showcasing emerging artists and established artists with new work adds an extra vitality to proceedings.

Helen Lax said at the launch: ‘The festival has gone from strength to strength over the years and this year marks a new high - audiences can expect to be truly wowed by what is on offer.’

This year’s festival is also part of something bigger. Once the programme is over in May, investment from Arts Council England and London 2012 Festival has enabled Norfolk & Norwich Festival to extend their season until September, commissioning stunning events that will redefine how we experience the East of England.

In June, How like an Angel, an original Norfolk & Norwich Festival commission, marries elegant contemporary circus by Circa with the vocal beauty of I Fagiolini in Norwich Cathedral, and in late August the celebrated American artist Robert Wilson creates Walking at Holkham North Norfolk, which promises to be a powerful and thrilling event and a genuine highlight of the London 2012 Festival.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival runs from 11 to 26 May 2012. Tickets are now on sale online at