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The region’s railways celebrate 24 years of supporting Norfolk and Norwich Festival

14:08 26 March 2014

Launch of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2014 in the Forum, Norwich. Artistic Director William Galinsky, with left to right Caroline Jarrold, Rick Green and Jonathan Denby. Photo: Steve Adams

Launch of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2014 in the Forum, Norwich. Artistic Director William Galinsky, with left to right Caroline Jarrold, Rick Green and Jonathan Denby. Photo: Steve Adams

The region’s railways are celebrating nearly a quarter of a century of supporting the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

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Abellio Greater Anglia is the principal travel partner for this year’s arts extravaganza, and the partnership between the region’s railways and the festival now stretches back 24 years to 1990. The 2014 partnership will see the train operator promote the festival, provide rail tickets for festival artists, and sponsor two events - Philharmonia Orchestra’s concert at St Andrew’s Hall (also supported by the EDP), and Madeleine Peyroux’s performance at Norwich Theatre Royal (also supported by NW Brown Group). Abellio is encouraging people to travel to festival events by train, and there is no disruptive engineering work on Norfolk’s rail routes or the London line during the festival from May 9 to 25. Festival brochures are available at Norwich station and one of Abellio’s Class 90 locomotives carries the festival’s name.

Jonathan Denby, Abellio Greater Anglia’s head of corporate affairs, said: “Abellio Greater Anglia is again delighted to be the travel partner for the festival. We will be helping to promote the festival, extending and expanding our partnership from our first links as Abellio Greater Anglia when our franchise began in 2012.”

William Galinsky, the festival’s artistic director, said: “The relationship between the festival and Abellio Greater Anglia continues to grow year-on-year and enables us to bring artists and audiences into the county, supporting our aim to become a destination festival and create a positive impact on visitor numbers to the region.”

• Visit www.nnfestival.org.uk

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