It’s all bin happin’

Norfolk has a slightly undeserved reputation for being a little bit backward, but I can tell you it’s all been happening in Norwich recently. Norwich City, Delia Smith’s beloved Canaries, won promotion to the 1st Division of the English football recently and as I walked back through the city tonight I came across a mass of yellow and green awaiting a bus full of the players carrying their hard-won trophy. I hung about for a bit to see them very slowly drive past, because, even though I don’t follow or really care about football, I do love a crowd and a spectacle. The atmosphere was almost carnival with kids on parents shoulders and hawkers, who appear almost magically where ever people gather, flogging everything from whistles to banner size flags.

This month of May is the Norfolk and Norwich Festival with a whole ton of events across the city, including classical music, family theatre, contemporary dance in a temporary hotel erected outside the Forum and a fantastic circus act, La Vie, in a beautiful tent, which I had the utmost pleasure in attending, and which I whole-heartedly recommend anyone going to see if they get the chance. There’s also an ongoing Norwich Fringe with smaller, more unusual artistic-type happenings, full details here.

Norwich is bidding to become the City of Culture in a few years time, and it is a young, artistic, if slightly quirky place. Recently Bristol has become recognized as a pretty trendy and upcoming town. I would say, that if Bristol is the new Brighton, then Norwich will be the new Bristol.


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