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St Benedicts St, Norwich, NFK, UK
Bio: Firmly established in the heart of Norwich’s cultural community, NAC plays a key role in the delivery of a programme of live music, comedy, live literature, new media and photography twinned with a commitment to creating opportunities for the development of new talent. The converted church houses an auditorium able to cater for seated and standing events with many original features of St Swithin’s Church in tact. This allows NAC to undertake a diverse live programme covering rock and pop, world, jazz and folk music as well as rising comedy stars, children’s theatre and workshops. NAC has a well earned reputation as a hot bed of new talent, playing host to early appearances from the likes of Nirvana, Coldplay, Oasis and the Stone Roses, as well as stage performers like Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams, and top comedians like Mark Watson, Johnny Vegas, Mark Thomas, Russell Howard, The Mighty Boosh, Alan Carr, Josie Long, David Baddiel and Rob Newman have all graced the stage over the years. The church of St Swithin's was built in 1349 on the site of an earlier church and is a vivid reminder of Norwich’s changing social history. The building also houses the only public access photographic darkroom in the region, as well as a MAC equipped medialab. A wide range of day and evening courses is also on offer all year round, with a unique chance to learn web design, digital photography, and video editing in small informal groups. NAC’s café bar offers light refreshments throughout the day and there are also a free Wi- Fi for public use. The exhibition space represents the finest local, national and international photographers and new media artists. Since 2007 NAC has coordinated the Escalator Music programme on behalf of the Arts Council, England. This is talent development scheme designed to help music makers from the Eastern region.