Friday Afternoons was a project conceived by Aldeburgh Music as part of the Britten Centenary in 2015. Each year, teachers and choir leaders from around the world can download all the resources they need to teach new songs to their groups. These resources include scores, lyrics, audio tracks, interactive resources from Charanga Music Braille scores and signed videos.

In 2015, American composer Nico Muhly wrote eight new songs that can be sung year round, culminating with performances all over the world on the afternoon of 20th November 2015.

Performances from across the UK and Croatia were live-streamed on the Friday Afternoons website.

To find out more about the annual project, visit Friday Afternoons.

Aldeburgh Music and Snape Maltings have events year-round. Plan a trip, and visit the surrounding area with The Suffolk Coast.


may contain food


Back in November 2015, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein previewed their new show May Contain Food at DanceEast.

Inspired by social occasions and life at mealtimes, four dancers and four vocalists invite visitors to sit at a table, before offering them a tasting menu and serving them a show that explores our relationship with food.

All sound is performed a cappella as movement is composed and music is choreographed, creating an immersive experience of indulgence, nostalgia and mischief.

Interested in seeing something at DanceEast in the future?

Plan a trip to Suffolk’s county town at All About Ipswich.


Photo: Chris Nash


The University of East Anglia is a hub of research, innovation and creation, and throughout the year, it hosts a series of free public lectures around a variety of research taking place at the university.

In November 2015, Professor Michael Frenneaux from Norwich Medical School discussed matters of the heart in a lecture titled ‘Cardiomyopathies’, exploring how disorders of the heart muscle may result in severe symptoms, and how, through investigating these disorders, scientists can develop effective therapies for treating problems.
November also saw the first in a series of lectures around Big Data, named Big Data Big Questions. What is it? How is it used? And what is its role in society today?

To find out more about the upcoming UEA Research Lectures, visit UEA Events.

Feeling intellectually stimulated? Visit Norwich and plan a trip to this inspiring city.


Photo: Kay Williams
Sheringham Shantymen


The East is inextricably linked with the sea, whether for food, trade, travel or leisure, so it’s no surprise that sea shanties are part of the region’s culture.

The Sheringham Shantymen officially formed in 1990 from a group of lifeboat men and their friends, who had previously enjoyed singing the sea songs informally.

They are still strongly linked with the lifeboat, and are the only non-RNLI organisation allowed to wear the RNLI badge on their uniform. Over the course of three years they raised £20,000 to buy a new D class lifeboat for the Sheringham station, who in return named it The Sheringham Shantymen.

The group have performed hundreds of times locally, and made many international appearances, including in Germany, the USA and France. They’re no strangers to television either, having sung on Children in Need, The One Show and Blue Peter.

You can find out more about them, and hear their work at

Plan a visit to North Norfolk, including Sheringham at

pebble homage


2015 saw The Lookout Gallery in Aldeburgh play host to a year-long participatory installation, Pebble Homage, which coincided with Anthony Gormley’s sculpture on Aldeburgh’s Martello Tower.

Visitors were given a marker pen and invited to choose a pebble from the beach. As they walked towards the Martello Tower and back they were challenged to think about life and to write a short thought on the pebble. These pebbles were then collected together to form an installation.

A year on from the exhibition, in 2016, the pebbles were scattered over the beach to be found by future generations.
See what’s on at the moment at the Aldeburgh Lookout.

The coast is full of fantastic art and exhibitions. Plan a trip with The Suffolk Coast.

Photo: Martin Cooper

Aldeburgh DocFest


Founded in 1994, the Aldeburgh Documentary Festival has been bringing the best documentaries from across the world to the Suffolk coast ever since.

The Aldeburgh Cinema, which screens the films, has been a continuous part of the community since it opened in 1918. A century later, and it is still at the heart of Aldeburgh and was nominated for Cinema of the Year Award in 2016.

Each year the Festival delivers a wide range of exciting films that explore a number of varied topics. Featuring work from both established and new filmmakers, the rich and diverse programme intersperses the showings with talks, conversations and masterclasses. Previous guests include Louis Theroux, Joanna Lumley and Leslie Woodhead.

You can find out more about this year’s festival at the official Documentary Festival website. And if you’re coming to Aldeburgh find out what else is going on in the region at The Suffolk Coast.

Photo: Nick Tipping Photography/Aldeburgh Documentary Festival


large interior form


Large Interior Form (1982) is a large bronze sculpture by Henry Moore. It was installed in front of Snape Maltings Concert Hall in 2011 as a celebration of Moore’s friendship with Benjamin Britten. This sculpture is Moore’s original copy, loaned to Snape Maltings by the Henry Moore Foundation, with other versions of Large Interior Form located around the world, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Trinity University in Texas and Schwabisch Hall in Germany.

Through his friendship with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, Henry Moore has been linked to Aldeburgh Music and Snape Maltings Concert Hall for forty years with a succession of his works being sited on the lawn outside the entrance to the Concert Hall, popularly referred to as the Henry Moore lawn. It’s only a few minutes from Snape Maltings’ Hepworth sculpture, Family of Man.

To see the magnificent sculpture for yourself, visit Snape Maltings.

The area is full of fantastic public art, including Maggi Hambling’s Scallop, plan a trip to explore with The Suffolk Coast.

Photo: John Lord
tilted exhibition


Remember when we featured Belonging(s) back in an earlier Culture365 post? The company behind that, Tilted Productions, also presented a series of photographic works in Ipswich Town Hall.

Von Stockert founded Tilted Productions in 2002 and has created many critically acclaimed pieces for the stage and site-specific works. For the first time, in November 2015, some stunning still moments of Tilted’s past and current works were exhibited to the public. Visitors to the Town Hall Tea Rooms in Ipswich had the chance to see the selection of captivating photographs over a period of 10 days.

Tilted Productions creates playful, yet challenging, cross art form collaborations, rooted in the world of contemporary dance. Their work is inspired by social, environmental and political observations and asks questions around our sense of place and identity.

To find out more about Maresa Van Stockert and Tilted Productions’ fantastic work, visit their website.

Ipswich is full of some of the most exciting contemporary culture, with DanceEast, Gecko, the New Wolsey Theatre and Pacitti Company (as well as Tilted) all calling the town home. Plan a trip and discover cultural Ipswich at All About Ipswich.

Photo: Beyond the 7 Seas (2002), Tilted Productions, by Merlin Hendy
fireworks in the east


Remember, remember the fifth of November…

It’s bonfire night and Suffolk and Norfolk are both full of wonderful fireworks displays in magnificent surroundings.

Each year Suffolk’s highlights include: Horringer (just outside Ickworth), The Big Night Out (at Melford Park Hall) and Bury St Edmunds Fireworks Spectacular (overlooking the town’s Abbey Gardens).

Meanwhile, in Norfolk: the Big Boom takes over Norwich City Centre, whilst Fawkes in the Walks lights up the King’s Lynn skyline.

For more information, take a look at Visit Suffolk, and Visit Norfolk.

Photo: Flickr user cornishdave
beastly machines


Beastly Machines was a fun, quirky and interactive exhibition opened for the 2015 winter season at Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth. Lowestoft-born sculptor Johnny White makes imaginative works from found objects and recycled junk. Inspired by current affairs, plays on words and mythology, for this touring exhibition from Visual Arts 20-21 he created a host of bizarre and imaginative kinetic sculptures of animals and mythical beasts.

Highlights included a six metre long whale which sprang into life when its button was pressed and two canoodling wildebeest afloat in a canoe!

Alongside the sculptures, objects from the NMS collections revealed how artists and crafts people have been inspired by myths, legends and machines.

To plan a trip to the museum, visit Time and Tide.

Explore the rest of the area with Visit Great Yarmouth.

Photo: Norfolk Museums Service