Norwich Festival Launch Sees 25ft Puppet Roam City Streets

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2024 opened last Friday (10 May) with the spectacle of a 25ft puppet roaming Norwich’s streets in front of thousands of spectators following the route of the procession.

Mo and The Red Ribbon is by French company L’Homme Debout, exploring the experience of migration from a child’s perspective, offering an ultimately optimistic look at the world we inhabit and those we share it with.

Festival Director Daniel Brine said: “It was a thrill to see thousands of people on the Norwich streets as we launched this year’s festival. Mo and The Red Ribbon was a fantastic event, awe inspiring with a gigantic 25ft puppet greeting spectators, and poignant, with its exploration of contemporary migration.

“Now, the festival continues with an exciting blend of international acts alongside local artists from the East of England with world premieres and extraordinary dance, drama and music in spaces across Norwich and beyond until 26 May.”

The festival continued over the ‘Welcome Weekend’ with a range of free performances. Acts popping up across the city include a gravity defying spectacle from NoFit State Circus, roaming New Orleans rhythms from Das Brass and interactive spoon playing with Betty Brown Bags. For full listings, locations and times visit

Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2024 runs until 26 May including world premieres from Circolombia with their new show Corazón and the new eight hour epic organ composition 268 years of reverb, composed by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, plus the UK premiere of Rachel Ní Bhraonáin’s high-octane dance theatre piece, MOSH.