Norwich is a city brimming with culture and creativity – you can't hold it down, it bubbles up all over the city. A left-bank-style café and shopping culture thrives in bars, cafés, shops, restaurants, underground crypts, churches and all sorts of independent venues are serving up live literature, music, creative writing, dance, alongside food, drink and sociable conversation.
As well as its informal DIY culture, Norwich also has a tremendously strong set of well-established, connected cultural organisations that bring local and world-class arts to the city – the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, the Writers' Centre Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich Theatre Royal, Norfolk Museums, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, OUTPOST, STEW, Norwich 20 group, Lonely Arts Club, Norwich HEART, Norwich Playhouse, The Garage, Norwich Puppet Theatre, The Maddermarket Theatre, Future Projects and Future Radio, Norwich Fringe Festival, NORCA and more, all work together year-round to make Norwich the buzzing place it is, in the city centre but also in the neighbourhoods and estates around the centre.
Educational institutions like Access to Music, University of East Anglia, Norwich University College of the Arts, City College Norwich, Creative Arts East, The Garage and OPEN all work hand-in-hand with arts organisations and public institutions to inspire the city's young people and their ambitions.The City’s architecture and its radical and independent spirit make Norwich a truly different place to be. People are attracted by its compact city centre, its walkability and human scale, its beautiful heritage buildings, the central permanent outdoor market – an embedded history which is a backdrop to a very busy, vibrant and liveable city. Visitors find the centre easy to manage and it is quick and easy to get out into the amazing hinterland of countryside, market towns, the North Norfolk coast and the Norfolk Broads.
The impressive Forum building right in the middle is not only the central library with learning shops but also the Tourist Information Centre, regional headquarters of the BBC and the home of Fusion, a state-of-the-art digital gallery screen.
Further attractions include the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, the foremost collection of heritage buildings known as the Norwich 12, Norwich Lanes, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Bridewell and Strangers' Hall museums, the Mustard Shop, Caley's, Elm Hill and a host of interesting street markets and fairs. Norwich has hundreds of historic buildings that are being re-used in innovative ways for contemporary purposes
Norwich is a medieval city with an 800-year-old history and an up-to-the-minute vibe. It has a way of doing things that other cities and towns in the UK could well use as a model for sustainable 21st century living. Norwich is a city that values people, creativity and a good quality of life for all.