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Left to right: Arthur Smith Norwich Fashion Week 2017 Holiday activities




GALLERY IN THE LANES, Norwich is pleased to sponsor this issue of the OPEN event guide. As neighbours, this commercial art gallery joins OPEN in celebrating and promoting arts in the city, helping bring both residents and visitors into the Norwich Lanes. Gallery in the Lanes is delighted to represent local artist Lara Cobden (see images), a figurative painter who lives and works in Norfolk. Her dreamy and beautiful works on canvas capture a magical realism that is both unreal and familiar. Lara has exhibited all over the world including America, Portugal and Sweden. She also exhibits regularly in London including the Mall Galleries, the Chelsea Fringe and the Affordable Art Fair. Having completed her degree in Painting at the University of Brighton, Lara spent eleven years in Ireland before relocating to the Eastern Region. Amanda Geitner, Director of the East Anglia Art Fund recently awarded Lara 1st prize at the Holt Festival Art Prize. Amanda says: “Lara Cobden’s work is meticulously observed and immaculately painted. Within her hyper-real landscapes and interiors there is an element of the

fantastic. Cobden is able to perfectly describe her world, with an enthralling otherworldly magic.” Examples of Lara’s work are featured on this page. Gallery in the Lanes, and its sister gallery Riverside Art and Glass in Wroxham, represents over 60 painters, ceramicists, printmakers, jewellers and glass artists. Prices suit every pocket, ranging from £10 to £10,000. We operate the Arts Council sponsored ‘Own Art’ scheme, which allows buyers to spread the cost of their purchase, interest free. Gallery opening hours are Monday to Saturday 9.30-5.30pm and Sunday 11-4pm. You can also shop online


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Visit us 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4SF – Call us (01603) 763111 – Email us

Twitter @OPENNorwich – Facebook /opennorwich – Instagram OPENNorwich – Online Registered charity no. 1108712 Company registered no. 5320333


to the latest edition of our What’s On guide IN THIS EDITION you will discover we are home to Norwich Fashion Week, something of which we are very proud. Also included are details of the very diverse range of events, activities and exhibitions that are planned to take place between February and May 2017. We promise we have something for everyone to get involved in. Check out our Gigs & Events listings on our website or join the thousands of people who follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for latest news and updates. As a charity, OPEN Youth Trust (OPEN) relies on grant funding and donations from trusts, companies and individuals to raise the funds needed to support our work with young people. So every time anyone books the venue, or attends an event here they are helping to make a difference to children and young people all over Norfolk. Established in 2005 the charity offers a diverse range of activities, most of which are free to attend, for children and young people aged 7-25. The aim of the activities is to boost their health and wellbeing. Located in the heart of Norwich, in the former Barclays Bank regional headquarters OPEN is the home of a multi-purpose venue “We are home to which includes an indoor Climbing Norwich Fashion Wall, state of the art Dance Studio, Week, something conference and training rooms as well as secure storage in the of which we are former Bank vaults – all of which are very proud” available for hire.


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GRAINNE BUCKLEY Head of Fundraising, OPEN Youth Trust

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fundraısing What is your role at OPEN Youth Trust? I am the Fundraiser at OPEN Youth Trust and my responsibility is to raise funds so that we can continue to offer young people in Norfolk opportunities that they cannot access elsewhere. We offer our young people state-of-the-art facilities, professional expertise, practical and emotional support. We also have a dedicated advice service and training and employment opportunities. All of our programmes are supported by qualified youth workers. I apply to Trusts and Foundations nationally and locally for funding for specific projects to support young people. Additionally, I develop relationships with local businesses and encourage them to support us in a variety of ways. I am also responsible for hosting events to raise money and do this by holding an annual fundraising dinner along with a series of Norfolk business leader events. These are a great way of raising awareness of our work in the local community.

Why should organisations and individuals donate to open? Due to drastic cuts in government funding. Children’s services have been severely reduced and young people are relying on the voluntary sector to fill this gap. We receive no state funding and rely entirely on support from the local community. We are in a unique position in that by encouraging the local community to use our facilities we can put every penny of profit back in to helping young people. Here at OPEN we are committed to helping young people to be the best they can and want each of them in Norfolk to have access to as many opportunities as possible. What are your challenges? In this age of austerity, raising funds is fiercely competitive with more and more charities competing for

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the same pot of funding. It is imperative to develop a compelling proposition to be able to compete. Getting the business community to support the next generation of young people in Norfolk is my main challenge for 2017. I want to promote the concept of doing “Good Business” by asking the Norfolk business community to invest in our young people as they are the future. Businesses can support us in a variety of ways such as encouraging staff to get involved in fundraising challenges and events. Adopting us as Charity of the Year or booking some of our amazing spaces, like our Banking Hall or one of our bespoke conference rooms will really help us in our work. Sponsoring one of our programmes or events or spaces is a great way of advertising your company whilst helping us at the same time. We are also keen to work with members of the business community willing to offer their expertise, time and knowledge to our young people If I had one wish for 2017 what would it be? I would like every single person in Norfolk to know who we are and what we do. I would also like to be able to reach out to more and more young people so they realise we are right behind them offering fun, support and guidance through the tricky adolescence years. I am really looking forward to 2017 and seeing the projects I have raised funds for coming to fruition. There are two projects in particular that I am super-excited about. OPEN Gym is opening in February and will be free of charge to any young person between the ages of 11-19. It will be the first of its kind in Norfolk and will allow our young people to get fit and healthy. Secondly, we are in the process of opening a training Café which will allow us to offer volunteering and employability skills to our young people as well as encouraging healthy eating on a budget! 2017 looks like it might be a very exciting year!! So please do get in touch if you would like to know more about OPEN – we would be delighted to meet you. To get involved contact Grainne on 01603 252112 or email


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OPEN is once again the official home of Norwich Fashion Week, which runs between 9th and 17th March. Now in its seventh year, NFW17 is set to be bigger and better than ever and we’re delighted to be hosting the city’s largest annual fashion event. Here are the details of core shows taking place.

THE BRASTED’S AND NORWICH COSMETIC CLINIC DESIGNERS SHOW Tuesday 14th March, 8pm Unveiling the very best of Norwich’s home-grown designers, tailors, milliners and stylists. Those looking for the next big thing, or hoping to be inspired by home-grown talent, shouldn’t miss out on this year’s show.

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The launch show of NFW17, this event showcases independent and high-street retailers, plus highlighting key future trends. A favourite with fashionistas who are looking for items for their spring and summer wardrobes.

THE DIPPLE & CONWAY HAIR AND MAKE-UP SHOW Friday 10th March, 8pm This lively show celebrates the creative collaboration between stylists, designers and make-up artists. This year the event has been given a theatrical vibe and will cover top-to-toe fashion looks, from dramatic hair styles and gorgeous glasses through to glamourous body art.

THE VINTAGE SHOW SPONSORED BY ZAKS AUTHENTIC AMERICAN DINERS Sunday 12th March, 8pm With the city famed for its vintage scene, this show captures the essence of Norwich’s vintage boutiques and styling through the ages. The NFW17 show will give you the chance to admire the city’s best vintage offerings, with a cheeky nod towards the disco glamour of Studio 54.

FASHION EXCESS Friday 17th March, 9pm A fusion of the latest fashion from independents, local designers and the high street, with live music from up and coming bands. This show is perfect for those who love mixing up their style and rocking an individual look. Headlining the night will be Ekkah with support from Happy Coloured Marbles.

Standard tickets are available online at and VIP tickets are available by calling our Box Office on 01603 763111 .


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New British talent Jake Isaac brings his ‘Our Lives Tour’ to OPEN on Tuesday 25th April (see page 13)

There’s no shortage of things to see and do at OPEN over the coming months! Take a look at our handy events planner… Man and the Echo



Exhibition of Girlguiding Norfolk’s Living History project. FREE – AJ’S CLUBNIGHT & KARAOKE

Come and join in Heart FM’s Zumba Tutu Party and help break a World Record for the most amount of people to Zumba wearing a tutu! Monies raised will go to The Hamlet Centre. £10 on the door – COMMON PEOPLE

Monday 13th February27th February

Thursday 16th February & Wednesday 12th April 7.00pm-9.30pm

AJ’s is aimed at young people aged 13-25 with learning difficulties and disabilities. It’s an inclusive event so family, friends, support workers & carers are welcome to attend. £5 on the door – AFRO BOOM Friday 17th February 9pm-2am

A musical adventure from Africa all the way through to the Tropics! Hear the beat of the drums, wah of the guitar and sound of the keys and horns that will be bringing Open’s Club Room to life. £8 adv

Saturday 18th February 11.00am-2.00pm

Saturday 18th December 9.00pm-2.00am

Common People is the new Britpop, Indie and 90s disco night being launched at OPEN. Set across two rooms and featuring some of the top DJs of the time, as well as a host of other surprises on the night. £9 adv – HORIZONS Wednesday 22nd February -Saturday 25th February 7.30pm

Horizons is a new musical composed, orchestrated and performed by students of

Notre Dame High School. Depicting a story about love, hope and war. Adult £11 | £6 under 16 | £28 family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) – MAN & THE ECHO Tuesday 28th February 7.30pm

Man & The Echo are a new wave outfit from the North West of England, who combine post-punk pop with glam, northern soul and 60s inspired psychedelia to create a uniquely bruising and moving sound. £8 adv – STREET PHOTOGRAPHY SEMINAR Thursday 2nd March 7pm-9pm

London based photographer and writer Stephen Leslie will be talking about the processes and revelations that have helped him construct this unusual approach to street photography. £2.50 students | £5


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Saturday 4th March 10.00am-5.30pm

This is set to be a wonderful day showcasing Arts & Culture from in and around the Fine City of Norwich. – NORWICH PRELOVED VINTAGE KILO Sunday 5th March 10.00am-4.00pm

The concept is simple, pay for what you buy by weight. Womenswear and menswear ranging from the 1960s-1990s, there’s something for everyone no matter what era your style falls into. £1.50 on the door – CORPORATE BOXING WITH TOWER FITNESS Saturday 18th March

An evening of boxing where men and women from white collar professions who have

Right: Ben Haenow Below: Arthur Smith

trained like a real boxer take to the ring. Call Box Office for ticket info. – MICHAEL PORTILLO – LIFE: A GAME OF TWO HALVES Sunday 19th March 2.30pm

Listen to his extraordinary story from politician to historian and then feel free to question him about it. £17.50 adv | £15.50 concessions – KOLIN DURIER Friday 24th March 7.30pm

Kolin Durier is a guitarist singer / songwriter who writes from the heart. £7 adv – BEN HAENOW Saturday 25th March 7.30pm

Ben Haenow came to fame after winning the 11th series of The X Factor. He will perform tracks from his selftitled debut album including

the hit single ‘Second Hand Heart’ and the Platinumselling ‘Something I Need’. £12.50 adv – ARTHUR SMITH – AT YOUR SERVICE Thursday 30th March 7.30pm

Expect an evening of sublime playfulness, crammed with jokes, anecdotes, short stories, poems, songs and readings from his recently published memoir ‘My Name Is Daphne Fairfax’. £14 adv | £11 conc – WEST END EXPERIENCE Friday 7th April 7.30pm

After four days of intensive musical theatre training from some of the West End’s finest professionals, 50 local youngsters and 30 adults take to the stage to perform musical numbers from West End shows.

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Details correct at time of going to press

Nubiyan Twist


Sunday 9th April 7.00pm

The critically acclaimed Austrialian smash hit starring Vika Bull and The Essential R&B Band tell the story of soul legend Etta James’ turbulent life featuring some of her most beloved songs. £27.50 adv – NUBIYAN TWIST Saturday 22nd April 8.00pm

Nubiyan Twist are a 12 piece musical collective. Drawing on their backgrounds in jazz, reggae and soul, with a fusion of afro-beat and latin rhythms, to create a modern sound. £10 adv – JAKE ISAAC Tuesday 25th April 7.00pm

South London singer songwriter, Jake Isaac, released his most recent EP ‘Where We Belong’ on Elton John’s Rocket Records last year, going straight into the Top 10 on the iTunes Singer

Songwriter chart. £11 adv – ALBANY DOWN

Saturday 29th April 7.30pm

A contemporary rock band from London, whose influences range from Led Zeppelin and Thunder to The Black Keys and Clutch, perform a diapason of original songs with contemporary high-energy rock. £9 adv – CAMERA CLUB – POP-UP EXHIBITION 29th April-13th May

For the past four months, keen local photographers have been honing their skills with a new Camera Club for under 18 year olds, and this is exhibition will feature a sample of their new skills.


See feature on page 08-09 for full information


7.30pm £15 adv


7.30pm £10 adv


7.30pm £10 adv


7.30pm £10 adv

For full details details of all our forthcoming events visit our website

FASHION EXCESS Friday 17 March

8.00pm £8 adv

OKTOBERFEST IS COMING TO OPEN NORWICH IN OCTOBER 2017! Friday 6th & Saturday 7th October 2017 Authentic Bavarian Beer + Food Served Entertainment from Umpah & Euro Pop Bands as seen on TV Early Bird Standard Tickets priced from £10 + booking fee – VIP Tickets available too. To book: Money raised from the event will be donated to the Open Youth Trust which enables the charity to offer a diverse range of activities, for young people aged from 7 to 25.


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OPEN has lots of fun and engaging activities for young people, and our school holiday activities will be returning in February and over Easter. New for 2017 we also have a selection of one day activities for 4-6 years old. There is always a wide variety of activities on offer for 7-12 year olds, something to entertain all tastes including, Make your own Movie, Wizard Academy, Football Crazy, Pokemon Party, Musical Theatre and our extremely popular Climbing courses. Our activities book up very quickly so to avoid disappointment make a booking online today at https://febhalftermfun.

Holiday fun! PARENT AND TODDLER ACTIVITIES Also new for 2017 are our free parents and tots (from 1+) activities, taking place in our Café. Running in the morning will be a variety of creative sessions for toddlers. Don’t worry adults we haven’t forgotten you! Our afternoon programme lets you get crafty with jewellery making, arts, crafts as well as exploring mindfulness and wellbeing.

More about all our activities on offer to children and young people can be found online at or call 01603 252111

CLOTHES SWAP OPEN and Talent Match are pleased to announce a new collaboration and will run a Clothes Swap initiative to help disadvantaged young people. Do you have any old clothes you wish to donate? People will be able to pick up items of clothing if needed, swap them or have them on loan for important events like interviews The scheme will run from the OPEN Café, 28 Castle Meadow from Monday to Friday, 10am3.00pm.


Tue 14th-Fri 17th Feb


Tue 4th-Wed 12th April


Thu 16th Feb, Wed 12th April, Thu 1st June, Thu 10th Aug, Thu 21st Dec

See page 11 for information.


4th March and 18th March 8th April & 22nd April

Celebrate at Š

A stunning setting for award nights, fundraising events and gala balls.

Located in a unique venue in the centre of Norwich.

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Left: Ward Thomas Below: Norwich Rum Festival

A look at May events and beyond…


Friday 5th May 7.30pm

Returning after a sell out performance last year, English twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas made chart history when their second album, Cartwheels, became the first country record by a British act ever to top the U.K. album chart. £17 adv – NORWICH DOES VINTAGE Saturday 6th May 11:00am-4:30pm

This vintage fair will be full of gorgeous vintage fashion, homewares, kitchenalia, alongside fab live music, a

vintage tearoom, free vintage workshops, dancing – and more! – RUM FESTIVAL Friday 12th & Saturday 13th May 6.30pm & 12.30pm

Showcasing over 100 different rums including new and exclusive rums, producers and a variety of entertainment. £12.50 adv – ZION TRAIN Friday 26th May 9.00pm-2.00am

Zion Train are Dub/Dance pioneers and have been undisputed leaders in the genre for the past 2 decades. £12 adv

NORWICH BODY ART FESTIVAL 2017 Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August

After taking a year off, NBAF comes back for its 8th show. All refreshed and shiny ready for another storming event. – OKTOBERFEST NORWICH Friday 6th & Saturday 7th October 6.00pm-11.00pm & 12.30pm-4.30pm

Our iconic building will be transformed into a German themed Bierkeller complete with authentic Bavarian beer, food and entertainment and promises to be one of the biggest celebrations ever seen in our Fine City. £10 adv

What's On - Issue 5  

Guide highlighting some of the events taking place at OPEN in Norwich between February and May 2017

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