51 St. Benedicts Street, Norwich NR2 4PG
Internationally recognised, Norwich Arts Centre is a contemporary arts venue that delivers a daily programme of live music, theatre, dance, live art, visual art, literature and comedy.
Located on the northwest side of the city centre, Norwich Arts Centre shares a close relationship to St Swithin’s Church. As such, it is run as a charity to help support the development of artists and nurture emerging talent across a range of art forms.
Although a small venue, Norwich Arts Centre has hosted many well known bands and comedians, including Nirvana, Oasis, Muse, The Stone Roses, Manic Street Preachers, The Libertines, Coldplay, Biffy Clyro, Mumford & Sons, Sue Perkins, Noel Fielding, Ross Noble and Josie Long.
The venue is especially noted by rock music fans. On 15th May 1991, Richey Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers carved the words “4 Real” into his forearm with a razor blade to make a statement to journalist Steve Lamacq.
In 2014 the venue received NME Britain’s Best Small Venue award, having previously been shortlisted for the award for a number of years. In the same year, it was also honoured with both a EDP People’s Choice Award and the Dr Frank Bates Musical Theatre and Dance Award.
In 2015 and 2016 Norwich Arts Centre received the LIVE UK Music Business Awards for Best Venue Teamwork.
Norwich Arts Centre also supports the community by hiring out its space. The auditorium and bar are available for private functions, weddings and parties.
There is much to recommend about this small, but award winning venue. Its mix of entertainment appeal to all tastes in Norwich and beyond. Its support for local talent has helps thousands of young people get their start in the arts.