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Highlights this week:Light Night, fashion award winners and Twestival

Light Night

Last time I blogged the cold winter gales were sweeping in…well bring on the spring.  Thankfully I’m really excited about Nottingham Light Night this Friday which will hopefully brighten up the dark and icy city centre streets with a whole host of light themed events hitting the city streets.  There’s everything from kid-friendly uplifting choirs through to grizzly ghost tours, and the guys from Dealmaker Records and Left Lion spinning tunes from a colourfully lit Market Square. Check out the interactive map for the night on the Council’s official website.


Nottingham seems to be continuing on trend as a centre for upcoming fashion stars.  Congrats to Frankie Yung, a Nottingham Trent University fashion design student who won a national competition to design the official bag and t-shirt for this year’s River Island Graduate Fashion Week.  Staff at River Island stores will also wear the t-shirt and will be giving the paper bags to customers in the build-up to the London event from June 6-10 (via CreativeBoom)

Meanwhile, Miss Regenerate has been selected as a finalist for the UK Fashion Entrepreneur Award.  Check out her recent Left Lion podcast. Good luck Miss R!  The ladies are bringing back the gongs for Nottingham.

Visual arts

Left Lion interview Nottingham grafitti artists Oxygen Thievez
From the Art Organization to the side of records shops in Hockley, its hard not to have seen some of the walls painted by the Oxygen Thievez over the years.

Social media

Nottingham Twestival March 25th
Twestival, the global charity event uniting Twitter fans locally, is back and they are seeking volunteers to help – plus sponsors, raffle prizes.  @creativenotts (that’s our Twitter handle) will be there in spades reporting on the action (or should that be ‘twaction’?)


Writing Industries Conference 2010
Saturday 6th March 2010, Loughborough University

I, representing CreativeNottingham, am delighted to be invited to speak on a panel on local blogging at this event which will bring together 200 writers from across the East Midlands with professionals from the writing industries to share knowledge, develop skills and forge new contacts.  There’s also some 1-2-1 opportunities with top literary agents for budding new authors.  You can also join in the action on Twitter via the hashtag: #wic2010


Apples and Pears and Craft Wares: Valentine craft market – Saturday 13th Feb, The Art Organisation
The first Apples and Pears market of 2010, with cards and gifts from local designers and live music all afternoon.

Nottingham Craft Mafia: February blog giveaway
We at CreativeNottingham love the idea of rewarding online interaction (cash for comments, anyone?) so this sweet-as-sugar bribe from Nottingham Craft Mafia is marketing manna: just add a comment to their blog to enter their competition to win a donated handmade prize from one of the craft mafioso.

Random strangeness

Vote for your quirkiest regional events
Discover East Midlands are running a competition to vote for the most eccentric events going on in the region.  The shortlist includes World Hen Racing Championships and World Toe Wrestling in Derbyshire.  There’s not actually any Notts events on the shortlist.  Which begs the question – are we just not ‘quirky’ in Notts?  Or are those folks in Lincs, Derbyshire and Leics just four roosters short of a hen house?

A brief history of the UK party free party movement
Interesting article for those interested in the history of techno and possibly the last great independent British musical movement which namechecks Nottingham’s DiY collective.

Holy kapaw Robin, T-Mobile have invaded the Market Square filming a new advert featuring a whole pack of lincoln attired archers.  Let’s hope it’s not as irritating as their last one featuring Josh ‘please join my band’ Ward. He’s still stalking me online (really!)

(image by Nottingham daily photo).