DissFest kicks off busy weekend of community arts events

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The second annual DissFest makes its anticipated return to the town today, kicking off a three-day event which strives to introduce the south Norfolk arts scene to a new audience.

Organised by Unit Twenty-Three, this community arts festival begins today with a printmaking exhibition, a Suffolk-based film screening and a concert with Doug MacLeod.

This sets the stage for a full schedule throughout tomorrow and Sunday, including live music performances, dramatic productions, art displays and comedy workshops.

Jessica Thomas, of Unit Twenty-Three, who is managing DissFest for the first time this year, told the Diss Express: “We would like to reach out to hard-to-reach areas and bring something they might not have thought they would like, but realise they really enjoy it.

“We want to provide something for everyone. We would love to get feedback. The support from the community has been great.”

Described her experience as “a whirlwind” since joining Unit Twenty-Three in February, she said the organisation had made a lot of connections in and around the area, and reserved praise for the Young Associates, a team of youth volunteers who are heavily involved in planning and promoting the festival.

To view the full details about the DissFest line-up, including event timings and ticket information, please go to the festival website at 2016.dissfest.uk or contact 01379 882200.