William Galinsky will take over the helm from Jonathan Holloway
The Norfolk and Norwich Festival has revealed the name of its new director.
William Galinsky, who is head of Cork Midsummer Festival, will replace Jonathan Holloway in early 2011 when he takes up a new post in Australia.
The Oxford University graduate was picked from a shortlist of five international candidates.
"The growth and ambition charted by the Norfolk and Norwich Festival in recent years have made it one of the truly standout festivals," said Mr Galinsky.
"I can confess to feeling just a little envious when I saw what the team were able to pack in the NNF10 programme."
The Norfolk and Norwich Festival is now the UK's fourth biggest city-based event of its kind, with more than 300,000 people attending in May 2010.
It's hoped the Leeds-born arts chief will continue to build on his reputation for international collaboration and support for local artists, which he achieved while artistic director and chief executive of the Irish festival.
Mr Galinsky, who has a background as a theatre director, has programmed the 16-day Cork festival since 2004.
Chairman of the board of directors at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Caroline Jarrold, said: "That we were able to shortlist people from five different countries is testament to the esteem with which the Norfolk and Norwich Festival is now held."
The next festival will be held from 6 to 21 May 2011 and the full programme will be announced in early March.