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A programme of music, theatre and the arts, which aims to cement Norfolk as a "world-class cultural destination", has been unveiled for this year's annual Norfolk and Norwich Festival (NNF).

One of the biggest city festivals in the UK, acts will include writer Will Self, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and jazz group The Soul Rebels.

Festival director William Galinsky said the event would "inspire and delight".

The arts event, now in its 240th year, runs for 17 days from 10 May.

Last year the event concluded on a record-breaking high with a 15% year-on-year growth in ticket sales to 30,000 people, and a total audience of more than 83,000.

Mr Galinsky said: "We'd like to think you'll see the next big thing at the NNF before you see them in London or up in Edinburgh, so they'll be a lot of UK firsts and even some world firsts this year.

Artistic director William Galinsky promises a run of UK and world firsts during the NNF

'Free events'

The festival features more than 75 performances across Norfolk during its 17-day programme.

It opens with a performance from France's Compagnie des Quidams in Norwich's Cathedral Close.

Helen Lax, east regional director for Arts Council England, said they were proud to support a festival that creates a distinctive "sense of wonder and excitement".

Councillor Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council, added: "Hosting one of the largest and best-known arts festivals in the country really helps to cement Norwich's prized position as a city of culture.

"But just as important is that the festival provides free high quality events so that as many residents as possible can have an opportunity to take part."

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