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Norwich Arts Centre

51 St Benedicts Street Norwich NR2 4PG

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Firmly established in the heart of Norwich’s cultural community, NAC plays a key role in the delivery of a programme of live music, theatre, live art, comedy, live literature, new media and photography twinned with a commitment to creating opportunities for the development of new talent.

The converted church houses an auditorium able to cater for seated (130 capacity) and standing (290 capacity) events with many original features of St Swithin’s Church in tact. This allows NAC to undertake a diverse live programme covering rock and pop, world, jazz and folk music as well as rising comedy stars, performance opportunities, children’s theatre and creative workshops.

NAC has a well-earned reputation as a hot bed of new talent, playing host to early appearances from the likes of performance artists Bryony Kimmings, Hugh O’Donnell, Richard Dedomenici, Lemn Sissay, and Reverend Billy. Nirvana, Coldplay, Django Django, Muse, Oasis and the Stone Roses, as well as top comedians like Mark Watson, Bridget Christie, Mark Thomas, Shazia Mirza, Russell Howard, The Mighty Boosh, Daniel Kitson, Josie Long, David Baddiel and Rob Newman have all graced the stage over the years.

The venue received the prestigious ‘NME Best Small Venue in the Eastern Region’ award in 2011 and 2012.

The church of St Swithin’s was built in 1349 on the site of an earlier church and is a vivid reminder of Norwich’s changing social history.

The building also houses a public access photographic darkroom, as well as a MAC equipped media lab where 1-2-1 tuition takes place. A wide range of day and evening courses is also on offer all year round, with a unique chance to begin creative writing, learn web design, digital photography, and video editing in small informal groups.

NAC’s café bar offers light refreshments throughout the day and there is free Wi- Fi for public use.
The exhibition space represents the finest local, national and international photographers and new media artists.

Since 2007 NAC has coordinated the Escalator Music programme on behalf of the Arts Council, England. This is a talent development scheme designed to make timely interventions in the careers of music makers from the Eastern region.

Norwich Arts Centre is a partner in the annual Norwich Sound & Vision convention. Beginning in 2010, Norwich Sound & Vision is a 3-day conference and festival celebrating music, film and digital industries. It is a place for companies, individuals, bands/musicians, record labels, filmmakers, writers and anyone with an interest in the music, film and multi media industries to network, reach new markets, forge new partnerships, learn, be inspired and have a fantastic time in one of England’s most charming cities.

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