Norfolk and Norwich Festival, an arts festival in the East of England and one of the four largest in the UK, has revealed Daniel Brine as its new festival director.

Currently the artistic director and chief executive officer at Cambridge Junction, Brine runs the arts centre’s extensive multi-disciplinary programme. He will take up the position at Norfolk and Norwich Festival in January in time for the 2018 festival, which runs from May 11 to 27.

Brine will lead the festival’s extensive programme of work across performance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature, events for children and concerts as well as large-scale free outdoor events for which the festival is renowned.

Previously, Brine has worked as artistic director and chief executive officer at Performance Space and associate director at Live Art Development Agency. He began his career at the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts advisory and funding body and has also worked for the Arts Council England.

Brenda Arthur, chair of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival Board, said: “I am delighted that Daniel has accepted our invitation to become festival director and drive forward our artistic vision for Norwich, Norfolk and the rest of the UK. His track record in programming and producing entertaining work as well as understanding his audiences positions him perfectly to continue our commitment to nurturing the best of local and national talent as well as bringing in the best new international work. The team are all hugely excited to collaborate with him on the future festivals.”

Brine added: “It’s a huge honour to be appointed Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s next festival director. I’m looking forward to leading the team to create a festival which the people of Norfolk and Norwich are proud of and enjoy. I live in East England and am committed to bringing great arts to the region. It’s a great privilege to lead a regional flagship event of international standing and I’m keen to work with local arts and cultural partners to continue the festival’s success.”

Brine replaces William Galinsky, who left earlier this year following a seven-year tenure.

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