October may still seem like ages away but in just 10 weeks time, the 2nd annual Magdalen Street Celebration will be taking place! As last year’s festivities proved, October 1st will be a chance for visitors, residents, traders and the vast array of local talent to come together in recognition of this unique corner of Norwich.
Our celebration explores Magdalen Street’s rich past, it’s diverse and highly creative present and gently nudges the area into a more sustainable future. Viewed by many, not totally unjustly, as a somewhat neglected area of town, Magdalen Street is also a treasure trove of diversity and creativity. Simply walking from one end to the other is a journey of great transition. From the very traditional cobbled roads around Fye Bridge and Wensum Street, up through the grey area of St. Saviors and The Flyover, via the architectural mishap that is Anglia Square and on past the charity stores of the northern end, towards the almost forgotten city walls leading out to the suburbs, one is immersed in reminders of history and a palpable hunger for a richer future.
Whilst there may be much to be improved upon in some areas, there is also a wealth of activity, community, diversity and creativity flowing up and down Magdalen Street. In the cafes and bars, shops and services, and those who run and frequent them, palpable demonstrations of a love of arts and crafts, individual creative style, a welcoming, easy sociability and a craving for the new whilst drawing on and respecting the past can be seen. All of which we aim to celebrate with you this October.
If you love Magdalen Street as much as we do, whether you live nearby or further afield, work in or just enjoy visiting the area, if you have a tale or talent to share, we would love you to be involved in making this year’s celebration the wonderful event it deserves to be.
As well as traders and residents, creators of all kinds are welcome: painters, sculptors, photographers, craftspeople, film makers, designers, performers, musicians, story-tellers, dancers, tailors, bakers, candlestick makers and more! Download, complete and return the Participation Application Form (see links below) to let us know how you would like to be part of the celebrations and join us every first Tuesday of the month at Aladdin’s Café on Magdalen Street, to help plan this vibrant community event.
Next meeting: Tuesday 11th September, 7pm
Tel: Stefi - 07964 494836
Email: Karen - firstname.lastname@example.org
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