Culture & Arts
The East of England arguably offers the best in culture and arts outside of London. There, we’ve said it. Yes, it’s a bold statement, but the proof lies in the disproportionate number of nationally and internationally renowned festivals, theatres, venues and touring companies that can be found throughout Suffolk and Norfolk – along with the world-class talent they both attract and nurture.
Take Suffolk’s Snape Maltings and its long-running Aldeburgh Festival, which was founded by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears in 1948 and has grown to become Europe’s most important season of live classical music. Or the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, a flagship multi-discipline arts festival that traces its roots back nearly 250 years.
Add in Southwold’s Latitude Festival, which has over the past two decades become one of world’s most respected and enjoyed music and arts events – as well as the all-new First Light free 24-hour festival, which welcomes over 20,000 visitors to Lowestoft’s sandy beach to celebrate the summer solstice at the UK’s most easterly point – and you begin to see why we’re so proud of our culture and arts offer.
On a more day-to-day basis, Norwich hosts the National Centre for Writing, while, football team rivalries aside, Ipswich offers up both DanceEast, a national centre for dance, and the New Wolsey Theatre, which is recognised as one of the country’s leading exponents of new theatrical work. And all of these are just the tip of the region’s cultural iceberg.
Flick through our Culture and Arts pages and you’ll be sure to find something that will have you venturing east at your earliest opportunity.