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Brenda Arthur, Chair of Norfolk & Norwich Festival to Step Down after 2024 Festival

Norfolk & Norwich Festival has announced its Chair, Brenda Arthur will be stepping down at the end of this year’s Festival.

The former councillor and Leader of Norwich City Council has been Chair of Trustees at the Festival for eight years. During that time she has helped steer the arts charity through the pandemic, played a key role in the organisation’s move to Norwich Guildhall and been part of the organisation’s evolution to deliver more community work.

Brenda’s career has seen her working in numerous roles across the city including as Chief Executive of Age Concern Norwich and as Lord Mayor of Norwich. She has served on a number of boards including Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Norwich Airport and the Business Improvement District.

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Brenda Arthur said: “I have been privileged and proud to be a part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival for the past eight years. As a team we have faced some challenges, not least Covid and cuts in arts funding. Despite this, we are still able to present exciting work, enriching the lives of those who watch them, while also boosting the local economy. I have been really fortunate to work with outstanding trustees, staff members and volunteers and would thank them for their support and help. Their efforts have made a significant contribution to making Norwich and Norfolk arts so rich.”

Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Daniel Brine said: ”Brenda’s passion for fairness, inclusivity and respect has guided the Festival and she leaves us a better and stronger organisation. All Norfolk & Norwich Festival staff and board thank her for her leadership and extraordinary service that has inspired us for almost a decade.”

Norfolk & Norwich Festival is one of the largest multi-artform festivals in the country and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2022. With this announcement, the Festival begins the recruitment process for a new Chair. Interested parties are encouraged to attend the Festival in May.

A recruitment pack can be found at

This year’s Festival takes place from Friday 10 to Sunday 26 May.

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