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The Forum Norwich Norfolk


Festival of Architecture

When you visit Norwich and Norfolk, you'll notice many examples of stunning architecture, The Forum, on Millennium Plain, being one of the most iconic. 

This month sees the return of the Festival of Architecture For Norwich and Norfolk (FANN17), organised by the Norfolk Association of Architects. This will be the fifth biennial event; the festival features the work and ideas of the county's architects and outstanding work in Norfolk by architects from further afield: buildings, interiors, landscape design and master planning. FANN17 brings a busy programme of exhibitions, talks, walks and events to the city. 


Image: The Forum (Hopkins Architects) opened in November 2001 and is one of the most regognisable city landmarks




FANN17 & EDP iWitness24 Photography Competition

UEA Nathan Holmes
Closing date 25th September
Finalists' photos will be displayed as part of the FANN17 exhibition at The Forum from Tuesday 3rd October where visitors will be able to vote for the winner. The photo above is 'UEA ziggurats' by Nathan Holmes, who was the winner of the FANN15 photography competition. For entry details see the EDP website.


FANN17 Norfolk Architects’ Exhibition

The Forum, Norwich
Tuesday 3rd to Friday 13th October
FANN Forum Exhibition

Image: FANN15 inside The Atrium at The Forum, Norwich 

The FANN17 Exhibition showcases the impressive quality of work produced by Norfolk’s Architects. The exhibition includes work by students at the School of Architecture, Norwich University of the Arts and the finalists of the FANN17 photography competition. Visitors can meet local architects and view the varied projects and designs from architectural companies, and see at first-hand the quality of design talent that exists in our county. The exhibition is free to attend.


Passivhaus – Architecture for the Anthropocene

Boardman House, Redwell street (Norwich University of the Arts), 
Thursday 5th October, 6.30pm

Lime tree lodge Passivhaus

Image: Award-winning Lime Tree Passivhaus, in Swaffham, 

This event is a talk by Chris Parsons of Parsons + Whittley Architects on 'What is Passivhaus and how to deliver successful projects.' Passivhaus is the foremost energy efficiency and comfort standard for buildings and is increasingly adopted, not just for homes, but for schools, hospitals and community buildings. Its concentration on fabric based energy solutions, before renewables, delivers long lasting performance with over 4000 such buildings worldwide, and a rapidly expanding collection here in the UK. Chris Parsons is a Certified Passivhaus Designer, Chartered Builder and principal of Parsons + Whittley Architects. He delivered the first rural affordable Passivhaus scheme in the UK at Wimbish in Essex. Parsons + Whittley have won three Passivhaus Trust Awards for their projects, and the Lime Tree Passivhaus, in Swaffham, was a winner in the Norfolk Association of Architects awards in 2016.


Architectural Walk – Memories of Boardman and Skipper

Saturday 7th and Saturday 14th October from 11am - 12.30pm
Explore the architectural legacy of Edward Boardman & George Skipper with Norwich Tourist Guide, Paul Dickson. Meet outside Surrey House (Aviva); the walk finishes outside the former Royal Hotel at the top of Prince of Wales Road.The guided walk is free but places are limited and booking is essential, email or call 01603 666011.


Architecture on film at Cinema City

Various dates from Monday 9th to Thursday 26th October
This year Cinema City will be hosting a series of short films from the last 100 years that use architectural formations to 'reimagine a dystopian landscape, in which societies struggle with themselves in events which could destroy the existence of humanity'...Sounds deep! Intrigued? Here's what's coming up: Blade Runner 2049 (2017), directed by Denis Villeneuve showing on Monday 9th October at 8.15pm, Akira (1988), directed by Katsuhiro Otomo showing on Thursday 19th October at 8.15pm, Metropolis (1927), directed by Fritz Lang showing on Thursday 26th October at 8.15pm. For more information and booking details contact Cinema City 0871 902 5724.


Hat-itecture Half Term Fun

Castle 1

Norwich Castle Museum 
Monday 23rd October to Friday 27th October
Explore the connection between hats and architecture and make your own hat for your Halloween costume. This event is suitable for ages three to 11. Norwich Castle Museum admission prices apply - Adult £9.15, Conc. £8.70 Child (4-18) £7.30, Family (1 adult) £23.30, Family (2 adults) £31.10. Open 10am to 4.30pm.

These are just some of the events taking place, for the full programme go to



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