After Halloween last week, and bonfire night at the weekend, Norwich is starting to gear up for Christmas – if you’ve been into the city you may have noticed that the lights have been put up, ready to be switched on next week! But before that, there’s plenty to keep you busy (and it’s not too early to start Christmas shopping)!
On Thursday evening, Jarrolds will be opening their doors for the evening, and hosting a feel-good fashion event to raise funds for fantastic local charity Age UK Norfolk. The show begins at 6.15pm, and features three fashion changes, a beauty demonstration and a raffle, all held in the fabulous Benji’s restaurant. There’ll be exclusive discounts on Jarrold’s fashion too! Tickets for this are £10 advance, and available from the Age UK Norfolk team – visit their website for more details!
On Friday the 10th, Norwich Puppet Theatre will be hosting a performance of ‘Shakespeare vs Moliere’, a performance that addresses the migrant crisis, and applies classic texts to a very modern concern. This will be a fusion of language, music, puppetry and projections, and a really thought provoking performance in one of Norwich’s most beautiful buildings. The show starts at 7.30 pm, and tickets are either £9 each, or £30 for a family ticket.
Indi-folk duo Worry Dolls will be performing at OPEN this Friday at 7.30pm, fresh from recording their Debut album - Go Get Gone - in Nashville. In the 6 months following their album release, highlights include a raved-about main stage performance at Cambridge Folk Festival, BBC Introducing, plays on BBC Radio 2, praise from MOJO, BBC’s Whispering Bob Harris & Paul Sexton, opening slots and collaborations with Sam Outlaw and Mott the Hoople’s Ian Hunter and a limited edition white vinyl released on Record Store Day. Don't miss them when they come to Norwich! Advance tickets £10.
For something different and further afield, the award winning Castalian String Quartet are bringing their music to the gorgeous Holkham Hall on Friday. The Castalian Quartet is rapidly emerging as the exciting new voice on the international chamber music scene, and over the last three years have won top prizes at major international competitions including first prize and three special awards at the 2015 Lyon International Competition. Their programme comprises three of the greatest string quartets in the repertoire, finishing with Beethoven’s late Op.132 and its luminous Song of Thanksgiving of a Convalescent to God, in the Lydian Mode.The event starts at 7pm, tickets for this are £25, and include a glass of wine in the interval.
On Saturday kick off your Christmas shopping with a trip to the Vintage and Creators’ Christmas Market at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, on Earlham Road. There’ll be a real a real bustle here, where you’ll find over 40 stalls selling all kinds of art, fashion, illustrations, ceramics, retro homeware and lots of other one-of-a-kind kind of gifts. Entry to this is free, but the first 30 get a free secret Santa goody bag, so get down in good time before the event starts at 11am!
Norwich Film Festival is back for a 7th year taking place from the 9th November to the 19th November and are thrilled to bring you the most exciting and diverse festival yet. Over 10 days you'll experience some awesome films, talks and panels.
On Saturday catch two family screenings of Box of Delights at the John Hurt Centre - the aged 4 -7 screening is at 1.30 pm and the aged 8 - 12 screening is at 3pm. On Sunday 12th Cinema City will be showing 'sumptuous epic' The Warrior, and on Wednesday 15th The Forum will be hosting a screening that celebrates the short films of some kick ass female directors, at the 'Women in Film: Directors' event. More information about all of these events can be found on the Film Festival events page.
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