DissFest’ 2018

20th-21st-22nd July

What is DissFest?

DissFest is a combination of arts, community, participation and development, culminating in a festival over three days that takes place in Diss, South Norfolk in the summer.

We aim to celebrate professional and community talent, giving a platform for local artists to perform, display and engage families, young people and their community in high quality arts. 

With a vibrant and colourful mix of art forms, including theatre, music, creative arts and performance, the community are able to access on-the-doorstep activities throughout the year, growing the arts within Diss and the surrounding area.

What’s New?

New DissFest’ posters are now in!

New designs for the this year’s poster – keep an eye open for them around the town and beyond. We are also currently working on our hand-our programme for this year too, which will be available to pick up from the end of June.


The Diss Folk Sing Along – Music Project for Schools

This June and July sign up for a FREE folk music workshop in your school. This education project will get young people to learn and sign traditional East Anglia folk songs with local music practitioners. The Sing Along will be part of the Community Arts Day at the festival, where young people will be able to attend with their families and everyone will join together to sign the songs in Diss Park.

Head over to Get Involved page for more information and how to sign up your school.

Words from the Mere – Poetry Competition

A creative writing poetry competition for ages 7+ to write a poem based on this year’s festival theme, Water. 

Head over to our Get Involved page for more information.

The deadline is Friday 13th July, 5PM.

Family Arts Day – Drop-In Workshop for families and young people

Saturday 30th June, 10.00-4.00PM – head over to our Get Involved page for more information!


DissFest Schedule for the Weekend

Check out the schedule below, or pick up a flyer around Diss and beyond, for an insight into the weekend’s plan!

How else can you be involved?

The team at Unit Twenty Three are well into the planning stages now and aiming to bring a vibrant and eclectic mix of arts to Diss this summer – why not come and join us?

There are loads of ways you can be involved in our South Norfolk festival this year:

The website is being updated on a regular basis. Please check back for further updates.