Cultural challenge laid down to the people of Norwich

Kim BriscoeA challenge is being thrown down to people and groups to compete for a place in a summer event showcasing Norwich's cultural side.Kim Briscoe

A challenge is being thrown down to people and groups to compete for a place in a summer event showcasing Norwich's cultural side.

The Cultural Olympiad Weekend will take place from Saturday, July 24, to Sunday, July 25, in front of the Big Screen at Chapelfield Shopping Centre.

It will feature everything from interactive games and sports taster sessions to community theatre and dance.

Norwich City Council wants local, not-for-profit organisations and individuals to apply to take part in the event, which is part of a programme of activities being held in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympic Games. The closing date for entries is Thursday, April 1.

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Helen Selleck, events manager for the council, said: 'We are really excited about seeing what talent is out there and what ideas people have for this fun weekend.

'We want to hear from sports clubs, arts groups and disabled organisations, as well as individuals who can perform or provide activities for people to join in.'

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The Norwich Big Screen at Chapelfield Plain is one of 19 across the UK which will broadcast the 2012 London Olympic Games and regularly show major national events such as Wimbledon, Last Night of the Proms and Glastonbury.

A partnership between LOCOG (the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games), the city council, the BBC and Chapelfield, it offers round-the-clock news, information and entertainment, as well as local content from community groups and organisations.

Archive footage of the way people used to live in Norfolk is being shown on Wednesdays from 6pm to 6.30pm and Saturdays from 12pm to 12.30pm through to the end of February.

Coverage of the Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Games from Vancouver in Canada will be screened from Friday, February 5, to Sunday, February 28.

To download an application form for the Cultural Olympiad Weekend, visit and click on the link on the homepage, or email

What would you like to see to improve Norwich's cultural standing? Write to Evening News letters at Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE, or email

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