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Norfolk & Norwich Festival names director

Norfolk & Norwich Festival has named Daniel Brine as its new festival director. Brine is the artistic director and CEO of Cambridge Junction. He joins the team ahead of the event that runs from 11-17 May. Brine replaces William Galinsky, who left earlier this year following a seven-year tenure.

Brenda Arthur, chair of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival board, commented: “I am delighted that Daniel has accepted our invitation to become festival director and drive forward our artistic vision for Norwich, Norfolk and the rest of the UK.

“His track record in programming and producing entertaining work as well as understanding his audiences positions him perfectly to continue our commitment to nurturing the best of local and national talent as well as bringing in the best new international work. The team are all hugely excited to collaborate with him on the future festivals.”

Deemed the largest arts festival in the East of England, Norfolk & Norwich Festival is one of the oldest surviving arts festivals in the country. Its roots date back to 1772 when a fund-raising concert was held in Norwich Cathedral. Over the years the festival has enjoyed a period of growth and established itself as one of the UK’s largest multiart form event.

In 2012, Arts Council England granted the event National Portfolio Organisation funding, which helped the festival to increase and diversify its international programme as well as its participation and engagement work with local communities.

Brine will lead the festival’s extensive programme of work across performance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature, events for children and unique concerts as well as large-scale free outdoor events for which the festival is renowned.

He will continue the festival’s work as the flagship arts organisation for the East of England, showcasing some of the world’s most renowned international artists alongside regional talent, drawing audiences from across the UK.

“It’s a huge honour to be appointed next festival director,” Brine commented. “I’m looking forward to leading the team to create a festival which the people of Norfolk and Norwich are proud of and enjoy. I live in East England and am committed to bringing great arts to the region. It’s a great privilege to lead a regional flagship event of international standing and I’m keen to work with local arts and cultural partners to continue the festival’s success.”

Brine is currently artistic director and chief executive officer at Cambridge Junction, a venue committed to performance, popular culture, creative learning that is up- and-coming and cutting-edge.

Prior to this, Brine was the artistic director and CEO at Performance Space, Australia’s leading organisation for the development and presentation of interdisciplinary works. He has also worked as associate director at Live Art Development Agency, the leading development organisation for live art in the UK as well as co-director of NOW Festival, a celebration of arts and popular culture in Nottingham.

Brine began his career at the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts advisory and funding body, and has also worked for the Arts Council England.

The programme for Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018 is still to be announced.