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Links Round-Up: Past, Future, Now

ancient sculture of head found in Turkey
ancient sculture of head found in Turkey

Statute in Antalya Archaeology Museum, Izmir, Turkey by Frank Kovalchek

Inspiration can come from many places, and disassociating yourself from the present may be just what you need. The Archaeology day at the Nottingham University Museum on Saturday, 21 June looks interesting. There will be material to handle, a number of talks throughout the day (free but need to book), and if you have dug up something odd in your back garden, bring it along to be identified. Full details on the Lakeside website.

Perhaps the future is more to your taste. There are degree shows at both universities, and today, Thursday 12 June, 3 to 7pm, is the Confetti Degree Showcase event.

Having look back and forward, what about you now? Need some help? some mentoring? The first Industry Weekender of the Real Creative Futures programme at New Art Exchange is Saturday/Sunday 21/22 June. There is a full range of speakers and activities, details on their website. [Note that to take part, “you need to be a creative business located within Nottingham City, or be looking to start up a new creative business in Nottingham City.”]

Also for the Now is the Near Now programme to help take organisations “on a journey placing digital and design thinking at the heart of what you do”. We mentioned their launch event, held 2 June, but it is not too late to get involved. An FAQ and their website have more details – note the deadline for applications is 20 June.

After you digitally thinking, you might need some stronger connectivity. If you are in the Creative Quarter, they have a Connect Programme just for that – vouchers and grant to help businesses upgrade to maximise opportunities. Details on the City Council website.

After all this inspiration, mentoring, and improvement, you might just want to relex. There are a number of interesting exhibitions under the umbrella of Refugee Week Nottingham 2014, most of them are on for more than a week. Details of these, and other associated events are on the East Midlands section of the national website.

Closer in time, this weekend in fact – 13, 14, 15 June – is the Great Nottinghamshire Show in the Market Square. They say “this event isn’t just about eating a lot of food” although given the range of providers of local food and homemade products, you could have fooled me. Food for thought anyway.

And if you do put on weight, you might be read for the Mass [geddit?] Bolero – an initiative of Dance 4 which they describe as a “co-ordinated flash mob”. It will take place in the Market Square on 12 July – register and they will send you an “easy to follow video” on 30 June. You can of course practice earlier by watching the lovely tribute conceived and directed by Fiona Buffini at the Playhouse in partnership with Dance 4. I am off to practice now.

dancers in Bolero

We probably won’t have to dress like this – Festival de Danza “El Otro Bolero de Ravel” by MunicipioPinas