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Links Round Up : Byron, vampires & communist rock

Communist Rock & Roll Album Cover - Courtesy of Nottingham Contemporary

I’m spoilt for links to the weird and wonderful this week!


Communist Rock and Roll at Cafe Bar Contemporary
How did the Western devil’s music filter through to the Soviet sphere of influence?
Fri 9 April, 8pm – 11pm, free

Splendour Festival at Wollaton Park
returns for a third year on Saturday 24th July 2010 with Pet Shop Boys headlining.

Earache Records ‘ask Earache’ blog is something I have stumbled upon this week. For all you extreme Metal fans out there you will already know that Earache Records are on of Nottingham biggest music business success stories.

2tone a group of musicians from  Nottingham have made a tune showing their views about growing up in Nottingham.

Club NME has hit Nottingham and David Blenkey of Woot Design, a graphic designer / illustrator/ photographer / art director based in Nottingham, has taken the reins on their promotional material!

I’m gutted I missed –

The UK Beatbox Championships at the Rescue Rooms on Feb 19th!

And in other news – the Evening Post reports that a man who sang along to loud Cheryl Cole music until the early hours of the morning has been evicted from his council flat. I’m sure his neighbours are relieved.


a Brighton student Tom Bem-Hodgkinson has won a £2,500 film competition by kicking a ball to Meadow Lane, home of Notts County. You can see the video at

If Star City has tickled your fancy for all things Russian why not check out The Last Station at the Broadway Cinema, a look at the last days of Leo Tolstoy which is highly recommended (by my Mum!)
Showing Fri 19 Feb – Thur 4  & Sun 14th March

News, or rather, gossip on the forthcoming Russel Crowe ‘Robin Hood’ film. Apparently “Russell Crowe has become quite adept in speaking in an authentic Nottingham accent”. We shall see ay duckie!

Fashion & Textiles

Fashion students at Nottingham Trent University have created menswear collections aimed at high-street retailer Topman after being challenged by the company to design for its spring/summer Topman Design 2011 range.

Fairtrade Fortnight –  Seminars focusing on Fairtrade in the Fashion Industry are being held at Trent University

Nottingham Craft Mafia is proud to present Handmade Nation Nottingham on the 20th March at the Broadway Cinema.

Writing & Poetry

Pub Poetry Nottingham Monday 8th March 8.00pm – 10.30pm FREE entry! Comic spoken word open mic.
Every second Monday of the month throughout 2010
at The Canalhouse, Canal Street, Nottingham NG1 7EH

Alan MacDonald and Helena Pielichaty
Nottinghamshire based children’s writers, will be signing copies of their latest titles at Waterstone’s, Nottingham on Saturday, March 6th from 10.30 AM to 12.30 PM. The signing is a follow up to their World Book Day event at Dayncourt School.

Literary Trivia of the day – Lord Byron is behind the seductive image of Vampires that have become ever more popular of late.  His style and personality was captured in the first UK vampire story ‘The Vampyre’ in 1819 friend of Byron John Polidori. Read more…

Web & Digital

Web 2.0 Surgery – The next two Web 2.0 Surgery events will have a theme and a new venue

Charity Focus – Thursday 18th March 2010
Ecommerce Focus
– Thursday 15th April 2010
Learn from others who have had the same questions as you.
From 5.30pm at Antenna, Beck St, Nottingham NG1 1EQ

Hallam Internet Marketing and Training has written an interesting piece of using social media in your business, useful information for everyone, especially luddites like me!

Arts & Design

Scene Photography and Shauna Richardson have collaborated on a series of spookily atmospheric photographic images of her crocheted animals. As you may know Shauna won the Arts Council/Olympics bid to create an art installation of giant crocheted lions for the 2010 Olympics.

The University of Nottingham H.O.U.S.E (a family home optimizing the use of solar energy) is competing against 19 other universities from across the world to design, build and test drive Europe’s most energy efficient home. Best of luck to them!

Young Creative awards 2010 – Deadline for entries is 23 April 2010

Little Black Dog Design has a charitable heart. They donate 5% of all their graphic design fees to Animal Accicent Rescue Unit. What a lovely idea!

An exhibition of contemporary artwork by students studying HND Fine Arts at the South Nottingham College took place at the Clifton Cornerstone last month. This is the exhibitions 3rd year, organised by course Leader Michelle Keegan (my ex-art tutor of 4 years!). If you are interested in studying fine art at South Nottingham College please contact Michelle on 0115 9146300

And finally, on a personal note :-

Left Lion have written a lovely review our Danse Macabre Light Night event of Pit of Curiosities – Thank you! (Clicking on the link is not for the faint of heart, be prepared to see aliens innards and women with unusual décolletage!)