Arts, culture and heritage is critical to the fabric and character of Norwich. The sector has been hit hard by the pandemic and it’s important that we work collectively with the sector, as part of our City Vision partnership, to support growth in this area over the longer term, recognising that it is essential to the city’s future and contributes to the general wellbeing of our residents.
This is being done through our Norwich Creative City Compact, a local partnership which formed in 2020 and developed a five-year plan that takes the city and its partnerships a measurable way along the journey to realising our 2040 Vision. Its current members are the National Centre for Writing, Norwich BID, Norfolk Museums Service, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich City Council, Norwich Theatre, Norwich University of the Arts, The Forum, Young Norfolk Arts Trust and the University of East Anglia.
The council’s Action Plan for Culture through 2023 and 2024 will see it working on a cultural needs analysis for the city to produce a longer-term strategy which will take it through to 2040.
Over the next 18 months, the plan will take in redevelopment of The Halls (including their environmental sustainability); continued support for events, festivals and activities in public spaces; investment in Hay Hill and other public spaces; and promoting an ambition to enable everyone to have access to culture and creativity.