Chotto Desh was just one of DanceEast’s three world-premieres during the month of October 2015.

Akram Khan returned to the Jerwood DanceHouse to present Chotto Desh, a reimagined version of his acclaimed work Desh for children aged 7+ and their families.

Chotto Desh, meaning ‘small homeland’, builds on Khan’s unique ability to tell cross-cultural stories, creating a compelling tale of a young man’s dreams and memories from Britain to Bangladesh.

A mix of dance, text, visuals and sound, the show celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the modern world.

Find out more about the performances at DanceEast at its website.

Plan a trip to Ipswich with All About Ipswich.

Photo: Richard Haughton



Every year artists from across the UK and abroad compete on the streets of Norwich in the Paint Out art competition.

Paint Out Norwich attempts to redefine 21st century en plein air art practice, and is the UK’s premier juried en plein air competition, celebrating the talents of national and international artists in the heart of medieval and iconic Norwich.

The competition ends with an auction of the new works.

To find out more about the competition, take a look at the Paint Out Norwich website.

Enjoy the fantastic setting of Norwich year-round, and plan a trip with Visit Norwich.


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The University of East Anglia Literary Festival has existed, in one form or another, since 1991. Today, UEA hosts two literary festivals per year; one in the spring and the other in the autumn, with the current festival running until 18 November.

The festival is guaranteed to boast some high-profile names; in its 2015 edition, it welcomed the celebrated biologist and writer, Richard Dawkins, in conversation with Chris Bigsby, discussing his career and latest book Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science.

To discover the festival programme, visit the UEA Literary Festival.

Plan to visit Norwich for the next Literary Festival at Visit Norwich.


The Fisher Theatre


The Fisher Theatre in Bungay, Suffolk was built in the 1820s, one of thirteen built across East Anglia by David Fisher for his own ‘Company of Comedians’.

The theatre prospered for twenty years until the coming of the railway, which affected touring companies across the country. Sence the vaudeville heydays it has since been the town’s Corn Hall, meeting venue, a cinema, steam laundry and textile warehouse. It wasn’t until 2006, after a decade of fundraising, planning and work, that it was once again opened as a theatre and arts centre.

Want to visit this pretty Suffolk market town? You can find out all about it, and the theatre itself, here.



Photo: Ralph Stevenson (Flickr)


Freston Tower is a six-story red brick folly south of Ipswich, Suffolk in the village of Freston. It stands on the banks of the River Orwell.

There are many rumours surrounding the origin of the tower, and whilst it is arguably the oldest folly in the country, the exact story of when, and who, constructed it is unknown.

There is a legend that the tower was built by “Lord de Freston” in the 15th century for his daughter Ellen, so she could study a different subject on a different floor six days of the week: the first floor was dedicated to reception, the second to tapestry working, the third to music, the fourth to painting, the fifth to literature, and the sixth to astronomy, complete with instruments for taking observations.

Freston Tower is now owned by the Landmark Trust, meaning that it is available for holiday rental. Surround yourself in the legend of Freston, and book a visit.

Explore the rest of Suffolk, a county full of legend, at Visit Suffolk.

Photo: David Parker


With English apples firmly in mind, Gressenhall celebrates autumn with its number one tradition: Apple Day.

Throughout the day Gressenhall comes alive with all things appley; pressing, tasting, buying and naming. Visitors can bring their own apples for identification, play apple games, see apples being pressed as well as tasting apple juices and ciders. Local craftspeople are on hand to meet, and visitors can buy local produce including autumnal fruits, meat, preserves and cakes.

We looked at the East’s appley history with a past 365 item on Sandringham Orchards.

For more information about visiting Gressenhall take a look at the official Gressenhall website.

Why not plan a trip to enjoy autumn in Norfolk? Let Visit Norfolk guide you.

Photo: Norfolk Museums Service



A peal of bells, a fanfare and a concert by a world-famous brass band heralded a new chapter in the rich history of St Nicholas’ Chapel, King’s Lynn in October 2015.

The chapel had recently undergone a series of major repairs and alterations, and the concert on the 17th was the first public event since its reopening.

The Fairey Band, fresh from a third place award at the National Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall, performed a specially-commissioned fanfare for the chapel, entitled 22 Angels, inspired by the many angels that adorn the chapel’s roof.

The chapel was restored with funds raised by The Friends of St Nicholas’ Chapel and a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

This event was part of the King’s Lynn Festival.

For more information about the Festival, take a look at the King’s Lynn Festival website.

If you’re heading to the Festival (or want to make sure you don’t miss it next year), plan a trip with Visit West Norfolk.


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5 | 0

On 16th October 2015, DanceEast welcomed Joss Arnott Dance and Dame Evelyn Glennie to its stage for 5 | 0, the second of three world-premieres on the Ipswich Waterfront just that month.

5 | 0 was a celebration, and coincided with Joss Arnott Dance’s fifth, and Dame Evelyn Glennie’s fiftieth birthday.

This triple bill took audiences on a gripping journey of power, precision and heart-pounding choreography, featuring Arnott’s usual blend of technical brilliance and explosive power. Dame Glennie played live percussion for the climactic part of the performance.

DanceEast has an extraordinary programme year-round.

Plan a trip to Ipswich with All About Ipswich.

Photo: Tom Pitts



The town of Thetford, Norfolk developed a distinctive patented papier-mache like product in the late 19th Century.

Founded in 1879, Thetford Pulpware continued producing pulpware until the 1950s, when production shifted to modern plastics.

The production method was relatively advanced for the 19th Century, and saw jute bagging and wood pulp recycled to create the sturdy, waterproof material. Even today it’s considered to be a remarkably environmentally friendly form of manufacture.

Thetford Pulpware also contributed to the war effort, with secret WW2 documentation being taken to Thetford for shredding and incorporating into pulpware.

If you’re interested in exploring the history of Thetford Pulpware, the Ancient House Museum has a number of items in its permanent display.

Explore the wider industries of the region and travel around the county with Visit Norfolk.

Photo: Norfolk Museums Service


On 14th October 2015, Racheal Ofori brought her latest show, Portrait, to the Norwich Arts Centre.

In the show, Ofori takes a frank, fun and provocative look at the trials and tribulations of modern life as seen through the eyes of a young black woman. This semi-autobiographical show, inspired by Racheal’s own experiences, uses music, poetry, humour and dance to examine identity and challenge cultural stereotypes.

Portrait was presented by Fuel Theatre,, who produce fresh work for adventurous people by inspiring artists and work in partnership with some of the most exciting artists in the UK.

Find out more about Norwich Arts Centre. at its website.

It’s a good bet there’s something fantastic on in Norwich every night of the week. Take a look at Visit Norwich’s events page and plan a trip.

Photo: Tom Medwell