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HEAD EAST – Festivals and Shows in The East of England

The East of England has a range of festivals taking place across the year that will appeal to all tastes in music, literature, art, and film. Many of them in beautiful settings and in this Jubilee year – more to celebrate than ever before!



Festivals are the lifeblood of both counties and there are plenty to choose from, from literary and the spoken word, musical and performance, food and drink, arts and culture – something for all ages and tastes.

We are building our Festival Calendar here, with some of the highlights across the year and into 2023 – enjoy!





With 115 short films from 18 countries and more films than ever being filmed in Norfolk, including Good Luck to You, Leo Grande and Spencer, Norwich Film Festival is adding to the industry’s vibrancy announcing its dates for this year’s coveted event and revealing its official line up for 2022.

Categories include Animation, Documentary, Student and East Anglian film, all set to have their winners crowned. Tickets and venue information will be available shortly.

The internationally recognised 10-day film event will show its short film selection, alongside panel discussions, workshops, features and more. The event organisers have also confirmed that they will continue with its popular online cinema platform where the selected films can be viewed in the weeks following the main festival.

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Various venues, Norwich. (Runs from 11 to 20 Nov)




From world-leading experts and musicians, in his home and concert hall, this is the annual Britten Weekend with a range of events and lectures at the Red House, Snape Maltings including:

Study Morning A fascinating deep dive into the range and depth of Britten’s song cycles at the Peter Pears Recital Room.

Recitals I to III Song was at the core of Britten’s musical life, both as a prolific writer and arranger of songs and as a performer alongside his partner Peter Pears. Join us for three special concerts across the Britten Weekend that explore all the song cycles for solo voice and piano published during his lifetime.

The Red House. To complement the Britten Weekend at Snape Maltings, visit The Red House for a special exhibition in the Archive looking at the history of Britten’s second opera, The Rape of Lucretia.

The Rape of Lucretia Britten’s earth-shattering chamber opera, already sold out at the Royal Opera House, premieres at Snape Maltings Concert Hall in a production directed by Oliver Mears.

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The Red House, Golf Lane Aldeburgh / Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk (Runs 29 till 30 Oct)




Fire on the Water – the beach edition, is an extraordinary experience of magic, blazing fire installations and sculptures and takes place on the golden sands of Central Beach, Great Yarmouth. This year’s edition is a dynamic and dramatic outdoor experience featuring dance and acrobatic performances, light installations, and night-time fire shows.

Visitors can explore the fire structures close up and there is a specially designed accessibility route for pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

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The Jetty, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. (Runs from 22-29 Oct)



The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival is the region’s largest annual celebration of crime writing and one of the fastest-growing literary festivals in the UK.

Many incredible crime writers have attended the festival in recent years. This year’s stella line up includes: Charlie Higson, Yelena Moskovich, Vaseem Khan and Bella Mackie who will lead the discussions, which explore new directions in cosy crime, the contemporary revenge thriller and paradise lost. Emma Bamford and Emma Styles mark their debuts, while graduating students of UEA’s Creative Writing MA Crime Fiction provide a window into the future.

Noirwich is about the reading and the writing of crime fiction. It is the place to explore how the genre works and where it is going, thanks to a unique connection with the University of East Anglia’s creative writing department. The University of East Anglia will be taking the lead on Noirwich festival programming and production from 2022, having previously worked in conjunction with The National Centre for Writing from 2015-2021.

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(Noirwich Festival, Norfolk. Runs from 8-10 September)



The Out There Festival in September is quickly gaining a reputation as Europe’s leading street arts and circus skills festival. Taking place mostly outdoors in Great Yarmouth, there’s free entertainment on the seafront, in St Georges Park and in the town centre.

Breath-taking spectacle and quirky comedy combine in a festival woven through with quality performance, family-friendly atmosphere and more than a fair dose of seaside silliness! Out There has quickly built a national and international reputation for world class artistic quality, new and diverse work, regional artistic talent, international collaboration and innovative community engagement.

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Out There Festival, Great Yarmouth, Norwich (Runs from 16 to 18 Sept)





The King’s Lynn Festival has events throughout the year with its main activity taking place over three weeks in July, offering a variety of high-quality orchestral concerts, classical recitals, jazz, folk, choral, talks, films, exhibitions and many more fringe events.

Approaching its 70th anniversary, the festival features many stunning historic venues around the town, including England’s largest surviving mediaeval Guildhall.

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King’s Lynn Festival, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. (Runs from 17 till 30 July 2022)

The town also has Festival Too, a range of free entertainment and popular music held in the town centre.

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King’s Lynn Festival Too, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. (Runs from 25 June till 9 July)



Latitude Festival

One of the nation’s leading festivals adorns Henham Estate on the Suffolk coast every summer, welcoming tens of thousands of people to Suffolk: Latitude. Set in acres of gorgeous parkland centred round a spectacular lake, Latitude Festival comprises the music of Glastonbury, Europe’s largest poetry event, film showings, theatre productions, art installations and areas especially created for children and teenagers. This festival is upmarket with a great bohemian atmosphere.

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Latitude Festival, Henham Park, Suffolk. (Runs from 21 to 24 July 2022)



The Holt Festival takes place in July in this gorgeous Georgian market town. Look out for an eclectic mix of international music, drama, comedy, literature, street theatre and cinema. There is a Fine Art section with Art Prizes and an especially curated Craxton-Picasso Exhibition as well as a number of art events happening across the year.

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Holt Festival, Holt, Norfolk. Various venues. (23 to 30 July 2022).



One of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world, Cambridge Folk Festival attracts around 15,000 people every year to enjoy an eclectic mix of music. With a friendly family atmosphere, the festival started in 1964 when a young Paul Simon made a last-minute appearance.

The Festival is renowned for its unique atmosphere and its eclectic mix of music, the best traditional folk artists from the UK and Ireland rub shoulders with cutting edge contemporary acts, the finest American country, blues and roots artists, acclaimed singer songwriters, famous names and world music stars.

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Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge. (Runs from 28 to 31 July)



Primadonna is an all-ages festival of books, ideas, and inspiration. The Festival is in the centre of Stowmarket at the Food Museum, formerly the Museum of East Anglian Life, with something for everyone with film, music, comedy, food, drink, DJs, and therapies alongside the main programme of talks, interviews, and discussions.

The 2022 line-up, includes singer La Roux sharing top billing with authors Erin Kelly, Cathy Retzenbrink and Juno Dawson, activist Shola Mos Shogbamimu, influencers Natalie Lee and Alex Light and podcaster Viv Groskop.

They will join the ‘Primadonnas’, the group of women working across the arts who founded the festival – including Sandi Toksvig, Kit de Waal, Catherine Mayer and Jude Kelly.

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Primadonna Festival, Stowmarket, Suffolk. (Runs 29 to 31 July)



The family-run, independent FolkEast takes ace the weekend before the August bank holiday and is one for the music-loving, craft-appreciating, local-food-eating, barefoot dancers out there. Local folk bands form a large part of the line-up, but folk’s big names have also been represented. In addition, there’s heritage crafts, Morris dancers, a chance to explore beautiful Glemham Hall, and plenty of local food and drink producers. In fact, 95% of supplies for FolkEast come from the local area, and nothing comes from outside the region.

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FolkEast Festival, Glemham Hall, Suffolk (19 to 21 August 2022)






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