The chairwoman of Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Brenda Arthur, is stepping down after eight years of service.

The announcement was made ahead of this year's festival, set for May 10 to 26.

Ms Arthur, formerly a councillor and leader of Norwich City Council, played a crucial role in the festival's growth, including its transition to the Norwich Guildhall and the expansion of its community work.

Besides her work with the festival, she has held positions as chief executive of Age Concern Norwich and as Lord Mayor of Norwich, as well as serving on a number of boards including Norwich Hospital, Norwich Airport, and the Business Improvement District.

Eastern Daily Press: Ms Arthur was formerly a city councillor and leader of Norwich City Council Ms Arthur was formerly a city councillor and leader of Norwich City Council (Image: Hugo Glendinning)

She 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.

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"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.”

Daniel Brine, artistic director and chief executive of Norfolk & Norwich Festival, said: ”Brenda’s passion for fairness, inclusivity and respect has guided the festival and she leaves us a better and stronger organisation.

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"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 celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2022.

Following the announcement of Ms Arthur's departure, the organisation has initiated the search for a new chairperson.

A recruitment pack can be found at