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CreativeNottingham links round-up 12th-20th Sept 09

Events coming up:

Indiecade Europe and Frozen Synapse at GameCity
Just over a month to go until GameCity, the cultural games festival which takes place in venues across the city that has been described as the Sundance festival for games.  Exciting annoucements are afoot with the launch of Indiecade Europe, a marquee to test out and play the latest independently made games including a pre-release demo of Frozen Synapse, the latest offering from Mode 7.

University of Nottingham Computer Science breakfast seminar Oct 13th
Early birds: have breakfast and network with university experts who can advance your business in areas including location-based media and image capture and analysis.

EM Media Talent Junction Seminar: Sept 24th, Antennae
Regional Screen Agency EM Media are holding an event for digital, film and media types at the newly launching creative work centre Antennae on Beck Street this Thursday PM.   It includes a Cross-Platform Pitching Session and panel entitled ‘The Digital Future’ plus a chance to get your hands on the latest hi-tech camera kit.   It’s also a chance to get a snoop at the insides and facilities of Antennae, which we understand is now open but we’re damned if we can find anything online about it yet!

Left Lion Circus Extravaganza, Oct 3rd, Canning Circus
Left Lion are promoting a free one day festival featuring music, spoken word, magic, crafts fair and live graffiti in venues in and around Canning Circus.

New articles:

Nottingham Contemporary – how will it work for local artists?
Daniel Rose is keen to understand how the November launch of Nottingham Contemporary will benefit local artists, particularly given the heavy tax burden city residents have already had to foot for it.  He’s looking to gather facts, views and start a discussion.  Maybe one for collective online investigation tool Help Me Investigate?

£0.5 million funding boost to East Midlands screen industries

A tidy cash boost to local media producers: EM Media have been awarded half a million by funding body East Midlands Development Agency to finance the development and production of film, games and interactive content.  That may sound a tidy sum but the original investment fund totalled £6 million and now just £1.1 of recouped funds remain.  It will be interesting to see if there will be more of a focus on regional businesses or smaller projects this time around as a fair chunk the previous fund went to incoming film productions.

Proposed World Cup stadium in Gamston
Plans are unvieled for Nottingham’s bid to be a host city to the 2018 World Cup. The 45,000 seater stadium would be in Gamston and would the double as a new ground for Nottingham Forest.  The artist’s impression also looks like a descended U.F.O.  Fancy that.

Market Square beach returns in 2010
The delightful urban beach will return to Market Square next year despite the sodden summer which has seen sand trampled all over the adjacent streets.  Organisers say they’re looking for new themes and a twist – perhaps an opportunity for a creative proposal like the programme I saw in Bristol in 2007 where various talks, networking events and gigs took place on their comparatively cultured and civilised urban riviera.

Hatch Patch at the Hockley Hustle

The multi-venue musical jamboree of the Hockley Hustle returns to town Oct 25; those merry pranksters Hatch are seeking performers to do a performance stint in a shop window in Nottingham’s answer to the Trafalgar Square plinth.  “There’s no theme for this one, but ideally we’re looking for shortish performances which can happen in a confined space and won’t leave any stains on the floor.” Topless painting ruled out then.

Twestival Collective Memory
Twestival, the global festival for people who Twitter, came to Nottingham on Sept 10th and by all accounts sounded like a great shindig, with live DJs, a music jam in Second Life and £310 raised for the  National Autistic Society. Catch up with the tweets (that’s Twitter updates for the uninitiated) here.