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NOTLOST Festival Nottingham

“We are not lost. We are Nottingham. This is our island.”

So says the website for the first ever NOTLOST Festival, launching this summer in Nottingham. It’s running throughout most of July (1st-23rd), and aims to bring together creative groups from all areas of the arts, including music, film, theatre, design and visual arts. Its focus is very much on being an “arts” festival, rather than an “art” festival, and on promoting all art forms.

The festival involves creatives from the Nottingham area, both emerging and established, and all events are independently curated. NOTLOST is made up of more than twenty events, taking place at venues all around Nottingham. So, when you’ve eaten your fill at the Food and Drink Festival, why not go exploring and see what you find?

The rules are, there are no rules, as it were! Each gallery, artist, or group involved can do their own thing. NOTLOST simply brings all these things together. Artists benefit from cross-promotion, and visitors benefit from discovering exciting new talents.

The first event opened last Thursday with a private view, but it’s open to the public from 1 July. Entitled “Banality & Big Questions”, it’s “an exploration of the knotted relationship between the two paradoxical themes.” It’s presented by a group of artists called the 1%ers, who have been brought together from various groups and collectives by artist and curator of the event Allan G. Binns.

Banality & Big Questions is on at the Hideout, Unit 11 Fisher Point, from 1-15 July, excluding Mondays. Find out more by emailing curator Allan Binns on

If this event doesn’t sound like your thing, there’s plenty of other bits and pieces going on, from one-day workshops and talks to shows and exhibitions running for a couple of weeks. Why not try the Surface Gallery’s “Open Show”? Or, for the foodies among you, how about Backlit’s “gastro-performance event” at the Walk Cafe?

To find out more about what’s on, have a look at NOTLOST’s listings page, which contains information about venues, times and dates, as well as a handy map for those who (like me!) don’t know the city too well (or, more accurately in my case, have no sense of direction!).