Who we are
Internationally recognised and at the heart of Norwich’s cultural community, Norwich Arts Centre is a contemporary arts venue that delivers a daily programme of live music, theatre, dance, live art, visual art, literature and comedy. It is a small, independently run venue with charitable status with a mission to support the development of artists and nurture emerging talent across a range of art forms; Norwich Arts Centre really is the best small venue in Britain.
Over the years NAC has seen an amazing array of shows from performers who have subsequently gone on to achieve fame. Amongst those who have appeared are Ed Sheeran, Nirvana, Oasis, Muse, Coldplay, Kasabian and The Manic Street Preachers.
In 2014 the venue received the prestigious NME Britain’s Best Small Venue award, having previously been shortlisted for the award in 2011, 2012, 2013. In 2014 it was also honoured with both a EDP People’s Choice Award for best small to mid-scale venue, festival or organisation and the Dr Frank Bates Musical Theatre and Dance Award. In 2015 and 2016 NAC received the LIVE UK Music Business Awards for Best Venue Teamwork.
Winner of NME Britain’s Best Small Venue
Winner of Live Music Business Awards – Best Arts Centre -Teamwork
Winner of EDP Peoples Choice Award – Best Small Arts Venue/Organisation
Norwich Arts Centre is a Theatre of Sanctuary, we aim to be a place of safety, hospitality and support for refugees and asylum seekers.
We signed the Keychange pledge for a 50:50 gender balance across our performers by 2022.
Norwich Arts Centre is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner, see more about our talent development opportunities HERE.
Norwich Arts Centre is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and receives funding from Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council.
Thank you to all our supporters!