What is Norfolk and Norwich Festival Bridge?

Norfolk & Norwich Festival is part of a national network of 10 Bridge organisations, funded by Arts Council England to use our experience and expertise to connect children and young people, schools and communities with art and culture.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival is one of two Bridge organisations (the other being The Royal Opera House) in the East of England. Our remit spans Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s central aim as a Bridge organisation is to provide a direct link or ‘bridge’ between those working with children and young people, schools and communities with arts and cultural organisations.

Through our role we aim to achieve the goal of ensuring that every child, young person and their families has the opportunity to access and experience the richness of the arts and culture, wherever they live.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge is funded by Arts Council England to drive participation in Artsmark and Arts Award across the region.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge will help:

  • Develop the reach of arts and cultural experiences and the numbers of people engaging with them through Artsmark and Arts Award.
  • Strengthen networks across the arts, culture and education to make sure that there's an ongoing dialogue

  • Identify and access the right arts and cultural opportunities for schools, and to bring their views into local cultural planning
  • Assist National portfolio organisations and other arts and cultural organisations, including museums and libraries, to bring cultural experiences they offer to more children and young people, to connect with schools and to identify a range of investment opportunities

  • To realize the Arts Council’s ambition to raise the quality of work for by and with children and young people
  • Support the work of the new music education hubs and National Plan for Music Education