What not to miss at DissFest 2018

PUBLISHED: 10:56 20 July 2018

Invidia Voices, Romeo & Juliet and Emily Frith. Photos: DissFest

Invidia Voices, Romeo & Juliet and Emily Frith. Photos: DissFest


This weekend sees the return of DissFest the community art festival that brings music, theatre, fun and games to the town over three days. Here we pick some highlights not to miss.

Lisa Day, Pip’s Wildlife Garden and Rafa Mendes-Browne. Photos: DissFestLisa Day, Pip’s Wildlife Garden and Rafa Mendes-Browne. Photos: DissFest

DissFest 2018 will see a host of art and musical events hosted in Diss Park from Friday to Sunday.

Kayt Button, operations manger for DissFest, said: “We are hoping to have around 2,000 people attend the festival this year.

“Last year we had bad storms but we still had around 1,300 people coming to the workshops and events.”

The weekend kicks off with a Park Radio Showbiz Quiz hosted by resident radio hosts with Diss musician Rafa Mendes-Browne performing on Friday night.

Saturday and Sunday will see a variety of musicians perform on the Band Stand in Diss Park with free drop-in workshops for all ages

There will also be big outdoor games, bouncy castle, themed bar, food vendors, community arts on display and much more throughout the weekend.

Full details at dissfest.uk

Manga Drawing Drop-in Art Workshop

The Marquee, Diss Park, Saturday, 12.15pm

Irina Richards leads this workshop that will focus on the basics of drawing characters in manga style. Participants will learn different aspects of character creation and development, such as drawing facial features, expressions and poses. They will then create their own character portraits or a character sheet. All ages and abilities. Free to take part.

Anna Carter

The Band Stand, Diss Park, Saturday, 1.15pm

Pop singer-songwriter and producer from Norwich who received airplay for her song All You Gotta Do on BBC Radio Norfolk, and she has previously performed at Latitude Festival - amongst many other venues. She makes upbeat pop songs with an aim to get them stuck in your head. Free performance.

Rafa Mendes-Browne

The Band Stand, Diss Park, Saturday, 2.30pm

A multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter from Norfolk. Rafa has been creating alternative acoustic rock music for over five years. Currently reading Music at the University of Hull, he has performed at venues across the UK and is in the process of recording an EP to be released in 2019. Free performance.

Lisa Day Vintage Vocalist

The Band Stand, Diss Park, Saturday, 3.30pm

Lisa is a Colchester-based singer with more than 25 year’s experience treading the boards and performing in classical concerts, or more recently coming back to her love of the legends of swing and jazz. If Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Betty Hutton are some of the girls for you then this is perfect listening. Lisa is also a founder member of the three-part harmony group The Three Chordettes. Free performance.

Emily Frith

The Band Stand, Diss Park, Saturday, 5.30pm

This 19-year-old country-pop singer and songwriter from Norfolk has been writing songs since she was 12-years-old and has only recently began releasing music professionally. Her debut EP was released last September and she is currently working in the studio on some new music releases for later this year. Her songwriting usually focuses on the emotional ups and downs of love, life and growing up and her sound is inspired by various artists like Bea Miller, Taylor Swift and Maren Morris. Free performance.

Romeo or Juliet

The Marquee and Diss Park, Saturday, 6.30pm and 8.15pm

Choose your side! Follow Romeo or Juliet in this unique promenade reworking of Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers produced by Diss’ very own theatre company The Keeper’s Daughter. Become part of Verona’s community, swear your family allegiance, attend a masked ball, witness two young lovers rebel against generations of hostility and experience this classic story told with vitality in an entirely fresh way.


The Band Stand, Diss Park, Sunday, 1pm

Established in 2012, RockavoX is an open adult rock choir based in Dereham and Swaffham. From private functions to fundraisers, flower festivals to carnivals, their repertoire has something for everyone. They perform a unique blend of well-known rock and pop tunes are arranged by Nia Howe, providing the choir with an unrivalled original sound. Free performance.

Pip’s Wildlife Garden

The Marquee, Diss Park, Sunday, 1pm and 2.30pm

Halesworth-based Nutmeg Puppet Company present this family puppet theatre show. Come with Pip to the wild, glorious, overgrown jungle at the bottom of her garden. Watch the hedgehog feasting on snails, see the barn owl hunting, and if you are lucky, dance with the hare by moonlight. But what’s grumpy Gran doing; clearing brambles, putting up fences, digging the earth, and planting vegetables? There will be a chance to meet the puppets after each show. Ages 3+. Pay-what-you-can.

Village Voices

The Band Stand, Diss Park, Sunday, 2.30pm

Hoxne-based, A Capella, Community Choir. Led by of their fantastic musical director, Janet, they learn everything by ear and it works! They also don’t audition. Anyone who wants to sing is welcome. Why not join in? Free to take part.

Invidia Voices

The Band Stand, Diss Park, Sunday, 3.05pm

And another chance to sing out DissFest. Rock, pop and soul choir based in Norwich and across Norfolk. They are a mixed ability choir with no auditions to join and no pressure to sing solo. Members just have one thing in common-they all love to sing. Free to take part.

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