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.
DissFest Launch – Family Arts Day – Saturday 21st April 1.00PM – 4.30PM
A Family Arts Day drop-in for young people and families to be creative and help make fish-themed decorations which will be displayed at the Festival weekend in July. The day will also feature storytelling too!
The Launch will take place at Diss Youth and Community Centre, and is a drop-in workshop so you can turn up anytime after 1.00PM.
Under 16s go free, with £1 entry fee for adults – no booking required.
FREE Creative Arts Project Announcement! Tuesday 27th February
After the success of last year’s Monster in the Mere, we will be running our FREE Creative Art Project again in 2018. This art project is for young people from local schools, youth groups and art clubs all over Diss and the surrounding areas.
It will give you the chance to flex your creative and artistic flare and make your very own traditional Norfolk sailing boat masterpiece, which will be displayed over the Festival weekend in Diss Park.
It is completely free to participate, but you do need to sign up through a simple application form – we will the email you a Getting Started Pack with a few guidelines for your art piece, and off you go…!
Head over to our Creative Arts Project page for more information and to download the application form.
Don’t worry, your model sailing boat doesn’t have to float – it’ll be moored on dry land over the weekend.
FREE DissFest | Community Arts Workshops
There are still a few workshops available for local youth and family groups in Diss and the surrounding area. These free workshops can explore the arts with your regular group as a one-off or series of workshops.
Professional arts practitioners can run sessions with your group to explore their imaginations, creativity as well as discovering new skills and confidence.
Head over to our DissFest | Community page for more information and how you can sign up your group today!
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:
- Music in the Park – perform on the band stand
- Volunteer – help support the weekend
- Become a Young Associate – for young people in Diss to help shape the Festival
- Community Groups – perform on the band stand on Sunday or take up our free arts workshops during the run up to the Festival
The website is being updated on a regular basis. Please check back for further updates.