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Eikoh Hosoe Ordeal by roses 15


Christmas Culture

We love a great Christmas line-up of amazing music and performance alongside some brilliant exhibitions. Not everything has to have a Christmas theme, but together it all adds to the city’s fantastic cultural offer this Christmas!

Image: Eikoh Hosoe Ordeal By Roses #15, part of the Masters of Japanese Photography exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts



13. Photograph glass plate negative of Katharine and Millie Emmeline Edis by Mary Olive Edis Oct 1907

Image: Photograph glass plate negative of Katharine and Millie Emmeline Edis by Mary Olive Edis Oct 1907

If you haven’t yet visited this great exhibition, make a trip to Norwich Castle now! They’re showcasing the work of the talented Olive Edis – Britain’s first female war photographer. A local girl (though she was born in London, she grew up in Norfolk and opened her first studio in Sheringham, in North Norfolk), the exhibition includes some of her war photography as well as portraits of royalty, suffragettes, well know figures such as George Bernard Shaw and local people, such as her striking shots of Norfolk fishermen – you need to see them to appreciate her immense talent.

Until 22 January 2017. Usual Castle admission applies – adult £8.80, concession £7.90, child £7 (see listing for further details) – and don’t forget you can ‘pop in’ an hour before closing for just £2!



The beautiful Norwich Cathedral is the setting for what promises to be an amazing concert; Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir and Norwich Baroque (17 December) will perform Handel's Messiah by Candlelight - very atmospheric! Tickets £12 - £20; find out more here.



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Image: Mutator VR

East GalleryNUA is the first gallery worldwide to exhibit Mutator VR, an incredible virtual reality installation which “blends organic imagery with state-of-the-art, real-time computer animation to create a highly immersive and original audience experience.” Make sure you don’t miss it; the exhibition is free to enter and is open until 14 January 2017. Check the opening times for East GalleryNUA on their listing.



The Cathedral of St John the Baptist are hosting a fantastic ‘Big Christmas Sing’ on 21 December. Part of their usual Wednesday lunchtime series (but moved on this occasion to a Thursday), this is part tour, part singalong – so you can explore the impressive building as you sing your heart out! Featuring both modern tunes and classic carols, this is definitely one to get you in the festive spirit! Thursday 22 December, 1 - 2pm.



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Image: Nobuyoshi Araki Tokyo Still Life

Masters of Japanese Photography is on until Sunday 19th March 2017 featuring around 60 works drawn from artists’ studios as well as from private collections. It is the first exhibition on contemporary Japanese photography at the Sainsbury Centre. Explore the work of some of the most prominent Japanese photographers of the second half of the twentieth century, including Nobuyoshi Araki and Eikoh Hosoe. Witnesses to a generation that grew up in the aftermath of the Second World War, their work addresses both their personal experiences and the evolution of Japanese society. From Araki’s exuberant flowers to Hosoe’s lyrical portraits, these fascinating images encapsulate the natural beauty and social complexity of Japan. Find out more here.


Get cultural and on your feet and join a guided walking tour of Norwich, with one of the city’s experienced and knowledgeable City Guides as they walk you through a winter metropolis exploring the history and heritage of Norwich. 

Winter walking tours cost £5 per person and take place at 11am on Wednesday 28, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 December. We recommend booking, but you can turn up on the day (max 20 people per tour) Tickets from Norwich Tourist Information Centre.            



For the finer details on Christmas in Norwich visit our dedicated Christmas section on There's info on where to stay, eat, shop and explore as well as lots of additional information - it's all here!



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