Five minutes with . . .
PUBLISHED: 05:28 16 March 2015
Joshua Gould, who is helping to organise the first ever DissFest arts festival.
Who is DissFest aimed at?
The festival is aimed primarily at young people aged 16-25, in and around Diss. However we are trying to get as varied acts as possible, in order to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. We’re also trying to get as many local artists involved as we can.
What are some of the highlights?
We’re really excited to feature some great local musicians, most notably for us are two duos, Tell Her and Café Warriors, and an indie rock group called Black Shuk. Also, we are working with young carers to devise a new piece of theatre called Freefall, about young carers. It will be an opportunity to experience a piece of work in development, and then participate in workshops.
Will DissFest be an annual event?
All going well, yes, definitely! Hopefully next year it will be bigger and better.
Who is running the festival and what else is it involved in?
The festival is being run by Unit Twenty Three – a social enterprise based in Diss and set up to address low cultural engagement. A festival is a great way to engage the local community, and increase community cohesion.
DissFest runs over the weekend March 20-22 and is funded by Arts Council England, South Norfolk Council, and Norfolk County Council. For more details contact the team at Unit Twenty Three, Court Industrial Estate, Vinces Road, Diss; 01379 882200; www.dissfest.uk