It has been confirmed that the 2021 edition of the festival will run from the 17th to the 30th May.

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Daniel Brine, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Norfolk & Norwich Festival has confirmed that the festival is set to go ahead this year from the 17th to the 30th May.

Following on from the government’s announcement on the 22nd February the festival, which was due to start on 14 May, has pushed its start date back by just three days.

Over the two weeks, the Norfolk & Norwich Festival is expected to be a specially created one-off adaptation including outdoor and socially distanced performance, art and music as well as a digital strand. 

Talking about the news, Daniel Brine said: “We are delighted to be able to say that the Festival is going ahead. We have been working for 12 months on a special Festival that could take place safely in COVID times and hope, subject to the scheduled easing of restrictions that we will be able to deliver on all our planning. We will be taking every responsible precaution, working with the local authorities and making the programme as safe and adaptable as we can. We will begin making performance announcements over the coming weeks and are sure there’s something within the programme that everyone will be able to enjoy.”

It was also announced that the 2021 Festival organisers and partners will make the vast majority of the programme available on a free or ‘pay what you want’ basis.

While the festival programme has yet to be announced, it is set to feature a range of music, performance, visual arts and literature events in venues and outdoor spaces across Norwich and Norfolk.

All of the events are set to take place in line with government guidelines.

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