This round-up sees us welcoming back some established events, plus saying hello to fresh faces too: always a pleasure thanks to Nottingham’s dynamic creative scenes!
First up, a can’t miss celebration in Market Square – as in, you literally cannot miss it if you pass through! Last year I stumbled upon this celebration by accident and stood open mouthed and amazed by the costumes, the dancing, and the music. Yes, it’s time once again for the carnival celebration inspired by the Mexican Día de los Muertos – the day of the dead. Presented by ArtReach and funded by the Joyce Carr Doughty Trust, Night of Festivals: Box of Tricks is a special preview of the forthcoming Night of Festivals 2012. Featuring some spectacular constumes and dancing, as well as special Michael Nyman screenings in their mini-cinema, it’s worth getting down there, and best of all, it’s free! Night of Festivals: Box of Tricks runs this weekend, 28th and 29th May.
If that weren’t enough, this weekend also sees the launch of NEAT11, the Nottingham European Arts and Theatre Festival. Nottingham’s Hatch have programmed a series of alternative and experimental works across the city to attempt to discover what it means to be British, German, Polish, Iranian, Belgian, English, European and/or a horse. See their website for details, or for the full programme, see the NEAT11 site.
Next, on Sunday 29th, Nottingham’s digital community presents an open day and party for the Nottingham Hackspace. If you’ve not heard of this remarkable space before, come and have a nose. If you’re passionate about technological reuse, repurpose, reinvention or invention, or the creation of anything textile, metal, wooden or digital, the Hackspace is somewhere you’ll be wanting to spend some time. The open day will feature tours, demos, presentations, BBQing and much more.
It’s a busy weekend, so make sure to remember your packed lunch and we’ll see you there