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My Norwich

Arts and culture

City of culture        

Norwich is England’s first UNESCO City of Literature and one of only 20 in the world. So in response to this marvellous accolade in Norwich, the city of stories blog has been created by VisitNorwich, informally posting on all manner of topics including; things to do, places to see, stories – new and old plus interviews as well as events and loads more. Following the blog is a great way to learn about Norwich and how to become more culturally involved, we hope you enjoy it!

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Our cultural offer also includes many galleries, theatres, venues, a puppet theatre, festivals, amazing built heritage including two cathedrals and a grand Norman Castle, beautiful parks and open spaces, and a breadth of restaurants and shops, including the Norwich Lanes.

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What we do

We work in partnership with the Arts Council, business and cultural organisations to develop and promote the city. Support is provided via grants to a wide range of cultural events and projects, from the annual Norfolk & Norwich Festival to Writers Centre Norwich, The Puppet Theatre. 

We have a dedicated culture and events team which supports community and cultural organisations by providing advice, support and cultural grants. The team also delivers a programme of free events.

Art on the Railings

Norwich’s free open-air art market in the centre of the city. Local artists are invited to display their work on the railings of the St Peter Mancroft Church. It takes place from 10am to 4pm on the last weekend of every month from March to November and on the weekend before Christmas. Open to all to browse, buy or display. It works on a ‘no commission, no fee basis’. Please email events@norwich.gov.uk to register and for more information.

The Undercroft

A vast exhibition and project space located in the heart of the city centre hidden beneath the War Memorial. It has been used for various arts projects including visual art, performance art, sound installations, dance and exhibitions. The space is available for hire for a minimum of three weeks. Please read the guidance notes if you are interested in making a booking.