Free music and poetry event as We Are Norwich ‘anti-racist coalition’ look to continue

We Are Norwich refute the EDL march through Norwich on Saturday. Gathering at Chapelfield Gardens.Ph

We Are Norwich refute the EDL march through Norwich on Saturday. Gathering at Chapelfield Gardens.Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Bill Smith - Archant

The We Are Norwich campaign group is holding a free night of music and poetry in the city later this month.

The group, which brand themselves as an 'anti-racist coalition', will be holding the event from 7pm at the Blueberry Music House, in Cowgate, close to Anglia Square, on Thursday, November 28.

Entertainment will be provided by poet and spoken word artist Hollie McNish, as well as music from local acts the Piratones, Dandelion and the Rockets and Banana Moon.

The group were formed to counter the first ever march of the English Defence League in Norwich, in November 2012, successfully outnumbering the far-right group's 250 protestors with a gathering of around 1,500 people.

It was backed by over 20 different organisations, including Norwich Pride, UEA Union of Students and Chapelfield Mosque.

Spokesman Nick O'Brien said: 'People have expressed a desire to keep We are Norwich going and we will keep our movement together, just in case they (the EDL) decide to come back and to do all we can to prove that all kinds of people are welcomed here.'

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The event is free but donations will be accepted.

Related links

Live blog: First ever English Defence League protest in Norwich

Photo galleries: We Are Norwich march against EDL in Norwich

Praise for Norwich following marches: 'It was great that so many people turned out to show the EDL that it is not welcome in our city'

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