It’s both the weekend, and, officially over halfway through January!
Without a doubt, January is the 'Monday’ of months. It’s cold, we’re all a bit broke and hungover following the weekend that is the festive season, and there’s pressure to turn over a new leaf - New Year, new you etc.
And so you may have! Perhaps you’re taking on Dry January, or Veganuary (and if so, check out our last blog post here) or a new fitness regime - or - you might just be tackling January like any other month - and why not? There’s still just as many exciting events going on around our fine city this January - as we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up what’s going on this weekend….
If you’re looking for a night out…
If you’re after a boogie this weekend, you’ve got a few fine choices.
On Friday night, our pals at Our House make a welcome return to Gonzo’s for some house & disco. This one’s also a warm-up also for their next big party at Bermuda Bob’s, where’ll they’ll be bringing along absolute disco don, John Morales.
Elsewhere on Friday, it’s the first outing for new Norwich party outfit, Trajections. For Trajections 001, expect everything from jungle to old school hardcore, as pioneer of the jungle techno sound, Jack Smooth, will be in the booth.
On Saturday, Basement are bidding a temporary farewell at Gringos. Disco and house jams here, all blared out the Nebula Soundsystem.
And one of our favourite nights, Raydio is back with a January Dance at Bermuda Bobs. They promise to play everything from Spiritual Jazz to Detroit Techno and most importantly, “played with love, every time!”
2. Indulge in a bit of culture:
TOAST is back at the Arts Centre on Sunday. One headliner, two hosts, three floor spots; this edition features Hannah Jane Walker, a poet and theatre maker from Essex, and Deshawn Mckinney, whose art is grounded in hip-hop and used as a means of exploring liberation.
Last week marked the anniversary of both David Bowie’s birthday and death. Founders of The Prettiest Starman, at NAC, were moved to make this show in 2016, following news of the iconic artist’s death. The band will perform some of his best-loved songs from the golden period (69-75) and singing along is encouraged!
Progressive news outlet The Norwich Radical is hosting a Open Mic Fundraiser on Friday at Gringos. It’ll be a night of live music, poetry, comedy and spoken word, all to raise money for the annual War of Words conference.
It’s also the last weekend to catch Clare Jarrett’s exhibition at Anteros Arts Foundation.
Also at Anteros on Saturday night is a performance of SHAME: two excoriating mythic monologues, adapted for Ovid’s Metamorphosis by Peter Pegnall.
Alternatively, hit up Open on Saturday night for Don Lett’s Carnival of Sound. With support from Shaolin Sound, prepare for an evening of Caribbean carnival sounds, dub and reggae.
3. Have a wellbeing weekend - here’s some ways to nourish your mind, body or soul.
Eaton Park hosts Park Runs every Saturday at 9am. What better way to explore one of our favourite spots in the city? It’s free to join, just register through the website.
Danceitation is back in Norwich for their last gig until the autumn. If you’ve not heard of Danceitation before, here’s the deal: a yoga warm-up prepares you for a 2-hour dance sesh. It’s “conscious clubbing” - no booze or stimulants, just you, the music and the dance-floor. And then chill out with a candle-lit Chai picnic. Very zen.
Finally, Norwich Buddhist’s centre is hosting an Intro to Meditation for women on Sunday morning. Ran by the Women’s Dharma Workshop, expect a very friendly atmosphere and the chance to learn two meditations. No need to book, and pay by donation.
Whatever you end up doing, we hope you have a good one!
If you’ve anything to add to our weekly weekend round-ups, please let us know.