Hostry Festival | 2021

Welcome Note

In our 10th year, after a brief hiatus due to Covid-19, the Hostry Festival was back with a bang. Our five Signature Projects engaged with the community during the festival and throughout the year which has proven so important during the extraordinary times we are all living through. 

Our 10th Anniversary programme included our Central Production of the Norfolk Premiere of Sir Peter Ustinov’s comedy drama, Beethoven’s Tenth. Our inclusive project Total Ensemble Theatre Company also celebrated their 10th year, and Rebecca Chapman devised a stunning piece of Movement Theatre on film that was shown nightly as a prologue to Beethoven’s Tenth, entitled Egmont: A Valiant Stand. 

The Norfolk Arts Awards saw nominations for artists and projects from across Norfolk. The event was live streamed for the first time and was co-presented by festival patrons Susie Fowler-Watt and Becky Jago. 

Our most recently created annual Signature Project The African Choir of Norfolk launched with a concert lead by the inspirational Anna Mudeka. James Colman’s Paint Out saw over 50 plein air artists painting in the city centre, something enjoyed by literally thousands each year. 

We had Festival Commissions throughout, Classical Concerts, Poetry, and Guest Speakers including Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason, Carol Drinkwater and Stephanie Beacham.

BBC Radio Norfolk: Hostry Festival – Embracing Positivity

Here is a chance to hear a debate from the Hostry Festival 2021 on the power of positivity, on BBC Radio Norfolk.

BBC Radio Norfolk: 10th anniversary episode live from the Hostry Festival

Here is a chance to hear the Hostry Festival 10th anniversary show.


1 hr audio documentary presented & produced by BBC Radio Norfolk’s Anna Perrott

Listen to the 10 year anniversary special  presented and produced by Anna Perrott

Gallery and Press for Central Production: BEETHOVEN'S TENTH by Peter Ustinov
The cast of Beethoven's Tenth. Above image by ANDREW FLORIDES. Rehearsal images RICHARD HOWES. Production images SIMON FINLAY.

2021 Principal Sponsor


2021 Festival Video