South Norfolk town to be transformed for community art festival

PUBLISHED: 13:22 11 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:49 11 July 2018

The DissFest young associates out and about in Diss for the launch of last year's festival. picture: Danni Davis

The DissFest young associates out and about in Diss for the launch of last year's festival. picture: Danni Davis


A South Norfolk town is set to be transformed into an art lovers haven as a community art festival returns.

DissFest marching band who despite the rain performed at DissFest 2017. Picture: Unit Twenty Three.DissFest marching band who despite the rain performed at DissFest 2017. Picture: Unit Twenty Three.

DissFest 2018, in Diss, will see a host of art and musical events hosted in Diss Park from Friday, July 20 through to Sunday July 22.

Kayt Button, operations manger for DissFest, said: “We are hoping to have around 2,000 people attend the festival this year.

“Last year we had bad storms but we still had around 1,300 people coming to the workshops and events.”

As the festival returns for the fourth year, organisers decided that it should focus more on the community and have a lot of free events for families to get involved with.

Inside the marquee at DissFest 2017. Picture: Unit Twenty Three.Inside the marquee at DissFest 2017. Picture: Unit Twenty Three.

Mrs Button added: “We have been working hard to do a lot more in the community in the run up to the weekend.

“We are having more free events and this year we are offering a lot more free workshops.

“There is a pay-what-you-like theatre and puppet show where people can pay what they can but the rest are free.”

DissFest’ is supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Big Lottery Fund.

Diss Fest. Photo: Diss Matters.Diss Fest. Photo: Diss Matters.

DissFest’ Community is funded by the Silk Purse Fund, Norfolk Community Foundation.

The weekend kicks off with a Park Radio Showbiz Quiz hosted by resident radio hosts with Diss musician Rafa Mendes-Browne performing on Friday night.

Saturday daytime will see a variety of musicians perform on the Band Stand in Diss Park with free drop-in workshops for all ages including mono printing, cartoon drawing and felt creations in the Marquee.

In the evening Diss theatre company, The Keeper’s Daughter, will present a walk-about theatre performance of Romeo or Juliet.

Sunday is DissFest’ community day, with more workshops and six new skills in 60 minutes with Diss youngsters sharing their talents. On the Band Stand there will be musical performances featuring Diss High School and choirs.

Mrs Button added: “We wanted to celebrate our creative community again this year, and showcase local professional and community talent across the Park.

“It’s a festival filled to the brim with arts, theatre, music, storytelling, creativity and more.”

For more information go to, email, or call 01379 882200.


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