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Links Round-Up: Festivals Ahoy!

It seems to be the season for festivals in Nottingham at the moment, with not one, not two, not three but four major annual happenings coming up in the next month or so.

First of all, it is of course the Food and Drink Festival starting TODAY, Thursday 23rd. With celebrity chefs aplenty, cooking demonstrations, and many free and paid events, there’s surely something to sink your teeth into (groan!) so don’t forget to pass by the Old Market Square before the festival closes on Sunday.

Also happening throughout the month of October, Nottingham City Council’s ‘Creative October’ looks to showcase the crème de la crème (ok – no more food references, promise!) of the creative industries in Nottingham. As such there are plenty of things happening which we here at Creative Nottingham will shout about as soon as we get the info – so if you’re planning something for Creative October, get in touch! Currently confirmed are  a bevy of showcases from the Hive, Nottingham Trent University’s enterprise development unit:

Launch of the Love Local Showcase
Date: Friday 1 October – all day
Venue: Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop, 18 St Mary’s Gate, Lace Market
Tel: 0115 9507776 for further information www.debbiebryan.co.uk
Craft & Fashion Award Winners at Dwell
Debbie Bryan scarves and accessories feature in the store
Launch event: Sunday 3 October, 4-7pm
Showcase: Mon 4 – Sun 10 October
Celebration of Style at Exchange Arcade
The Fashion and Craft winners of the Nottingham Creative Business Awards get together to celebrate the best of style in Nottingham
Date: Thursday 7th October
Times: 5pm – 8pm
Creatively Confident workshop by Sarah McNicol
Times: 11am-1pm and 2-4pm
Date: Saturday 9 October
Cost: Free
Venue: Debbie Bryan Studio and Shop, 18 St Mary’s Gate, Lace Market, Nottingham
Places limited to 12 per session. To book your place please phone The Hive 0115 848 4354 or email businesshive@ntu.ac.uk indicating am or pm.
Local Designers Market
Products range from fashion, furniture, jewellery, craft, eyewear and lighting.
Opening hours:
Saturday 9 October 10am – 6pm
Sunday 10 October 11am – 5pm
Venue: Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2BS
There are plenty of other opportunities and events, so keep checking the Creative October website for more details.
Closer to date, YARD Theatre and the New Art Exchange are holding a spoken word and poetry festival this weekend, Friday 24th – Sunday 26th September. Lyric Lounge is part of a region-wide series of mini-festivals taking place throughout 2010. Alongside workshops and showcasing opportunities for young wordsmiths, lyricists and local artists, you’ll feast (ok, ok, sorry! No more foody puns PROMISE) on a variety of commissions and jaw-dropping lyrical moves by established poets including John Agard, award-winning playwright, poet, former South Bank Centre writer-in-residence, short story and children’s writer, and Birmingham-born wordsmith Polarbear – combining storytelling with a distinctive lighting and projection design in his new spoken film, ‘Return’.
Finally, looking ahead to the end of October we have the prospect of another annual GameCity Festival – celebrating the best of videogame culture in the centre of Nottingham. It really is a great event, and leading up to it all there will be another in their monthly series of GameCityNights events, so get your game on in Antenna on Friday 1st October. £3 on the door, preregistration is essential.

It’s going to be an exhausting few weeks!