Arts and Culture

When it comes to arts and culture, Norwich punches above its weight.

With four independent theatres, three museums and one world-class museum of world-art at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich is a modern cultural hub.

Festivals take place almost every month including celebrations for international arts, beer, literature, crime writing and historic buildings. In addition, the city centre is scattered with small art galleries whilst Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery has five galleries displaying works from The Norwich School, and regular changing exhibitions. Over the years Norwich has attracted huge international names in the art world including Jeff Koons, Manet and Rembrandt.

Literature is close to our hearts too; we are England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. With a rich history of writers: Julian of Norwich, Thomas Browne and Anna Sewell to mention just a few. We also have the National Centre for Writing (the only one in the country) which opens its doors for events, festivals and workshops. Budding writer or one with more experience, this one’s for you.

Music plays a large part of culture in Norwich. Every genre is catered for at all of our theatres, in our talented street buskers, at the University of East Anglia, The Waterfront and Norwich Arts Centre. The latter three have an incredible history of live music which isn’t ending anytime soon. And if you have a penchant for classical music make sure you see a performance from Norwich Philharmonic and Norwich and Norfolk Chamber Music. Annually in May, Norfolk & Norwich Festival has a whole programme dedicated to this genre with acts travelling from all over the world to perform.