Art and culture collide at Norwich’s Hostry Festival 2018

A huge variety of artistic and cultural events are in store for this year’s Hostry Festival at Norwich Cathedral.

This year the festival is being held on 13th to 28th October 2018 and the them is inclusion and diversity.

The 2018 Hostry Festival brochure launch at Norwich cathedral. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.
The 2018 Hostry Festival brochure launch at Norwich cathedral. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.

Highlights will include:

Sally Phillips

The actress and writer, star of Smack the Pony, Alan Partridge, Bridget Jones’s Diary and many more will be interviewed live. She will be talking about her career but also about the subject of her son’s Down’s syndrome, which featured in a BBC documentary last year.


Boy in the Lighthouse

Total Ensemble Theatre Company will be performing this movement theatre piece, which focuses on inclusion, diversity and community.

More than 25 diverse and unique performers from across Norfolk will make up the cast of the 75 minute story, which has been devised across seven months of rehearsals.

The Lost Continent and Only in America

BBC’s News’s Editor Gavin Hewitt and Channel 4’s Europe Editor Matt Frei will be profiling their books, The Lost Continent (Hewitt) and Only in America (Frei).

ITV’s Arts editor Nina Nannar interview’s Matt Frei, & festival patron Peter Wilson interviews Gavin Hewitt. Given how much events in America and the European question dominate our news at the moment, this should be a very topical and timely piece.

The Human Voice with Lisa Cassidy and Tracey Catchpole

Tracey Catchpole, who played the lead in last year’s The Eagle Has Two Heads play and opera singer Lisa Cassidy will perform a double bill as a gala event, which promises to deliver high drama through spoken word and opera.

The Norfolk Arts Awards 2018

This awards show, in association with the Eastern Daily Press, will be celebrating talented people and projects from across the region.

Paint Out Norwich

James Colman’s Paint Out Norwich has a full five day offer of visual arts, plus two week exhibition of the results from artists painting the city of Norwich, both these interactive flagship festival projects continue to be heralded as offering a chance for thousands of people to enjoy, and as with Total Ensemble Theatre Company, their positivity and connection with the community continues throughout each year, not only during the 2 weeks of The Autumn Festival Of Norfolk. 

Women In The Arts panel programme

Inclusion and diversity are the subjects being focussed on in the welcome return of Women In The Arts panel programme, coming live from the Norfolk High School For Girls, with invited audiences of students from schools all over Norfolk. The panel is made up of leading female figures in the community who I know will ignite the hour long programme chaired by BBC Radio Norfolk’s Nick Conrad.

James Boyd and Harriet MacKenzie

James Boyd and Harriet MacKenzie, are two world class performers in classical guitar and violin, will be performing in a concert celebrating 400 years of music.


Mind, Body, Rave makes a welcome return to the festival. A chance to go wild to the best world music on the planet.

…and much more! Find out more at the Hostry Festival website

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