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  • Over 300 civil war re-enactors will descend on Newark, Nottinghamshire, during early May Bank Holiday 2017 as the clock is turned back to the mid-17th century for a major Pikes and Plunder re-enactment event. Posted on 11 January 2017

    Pikes, plunder and mayhem return to Newark for major civil war festival

    Over 300 civil war re-enactors will descend on Newark, Nottinghamshire, during early May Bank Holiday as the clock is turned back to the mid-17th century.

    The National Civil War Centre has confirmed that the 3rd Pikes and Plunder annual civil war festival will take place on 30 April and 1 May 2017.

    So far 14 regiments have signed up to take part, along with two artillery companies, a baggage train and scores of living history exponents, making it a much bigger event than last year.

    The historic Queen’s Sconce fort – built in 1644 – will be the stunning venue for musket fire and fighting, whilst Newark Castle hosts major living history displays, recreating

L-R Actors dressed as Lord Byron, Lady Elizabeth Foster, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and Joseph Wright  depart by train from Kings Cross  St Pancras station, London to embark on The Grand Tour which incorporates Nottingham Contemporary, Chatsworth, Derby Museum, and the Harley Gallery, Welbeck. Each will celebrate The Grand Tour by exhibiting both contemporary works and old masters.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date : Wednesday March 16, 2016. Photo credit should read: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

Actors are:- Lord Byron- Rob Lowe, Lady Elizabeth Foster - Lydia Bernard Brooks, Giorgiana Duchess of Devonshire- Emily Howe and Joseph Wright - George Boden. Posted on 11 January 2017

    Welcome boost to cultural tourism expected for Nottinghamshire following Arts Council England funding

    Marketing Nottingham & Nottinghamshire (MNN), has welcomed news that the Arts Council England is investing £150,000 to reveal the cultural treasures of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire alongside new contemporary artworks.

    The investment comes from the Arts Council’s Cultural Destinations programme which gives arts and cultural organisations the resources they need to increase their reach and impact by working with the tourism sector.

    Marketing Nottingham & Nottinghamshire will be working with partners to support the investment, in order to build on the success of The Grand Tour, which took place in 2015 and 2016, and offered visitors a short break with a difference. This further funding will support

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    Art, music and fun for Robin Hood Energy Light Night in event’s tenth year 

    Musicians on trams, multi-sensory art installations, a silent disco and a lantern parade will all feature in the Robin Hood Energy Light Night programme, which is now being finalised.

    The popular event will take place on Friday 10 February, with new venues for the event’s tenth year including the Arboretum and Nottingham Tennis Centre.

    The Wheel of Light will return to the Old Market Square.  There will be free entry to Nottingham Castle and Brewhouse Yard.  Families will be able to enjoy live music, puppets, theatre, dance, UV-face painting, fun exercise classes, poetry and a variety of artworks and entertainment at indoor and outdoor locations across the city centre and further afield.  Most

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    UNTITLED: art on the conditions of our time

    From Grand Theft Auto avatars; to Michael Jackson inspired balloon installations; to iconic funk, soul and dance album covers – New Art Exchange’s latest exhibition has it all.

    New Art Exchange – an art gallery based in Hyson Green – launches 2017 with a new exhibition, UNTITLED: art on the conditions of our time, displaying the work of 12 artists and over 20 exciting artworks. Each of the exhibits considers the dynamic times we live in, with themes and ideas ranging from: popular culture, social networks, activism, history, conflict and racial and gendered identities. It includes painting, drawing, performance, film, printmaking, bookbinding, digital mapping and gaming technology.

    Each artist in the show has

  • chinese Posted on 10 January 2017

    Nottingham City Council to host Chinese New Year extravaganza

    Crowds are expected to attend this year’s brand new Chinese New Year Celebration in the city.

    To celebrate the beginning of the year of the Rooster, the new FREE event will showcase Chinese culture in Nottingham’s Old Market Square.Taking place on Saturday 21 January, 11am to 4pm, there will be plenty of activities for families to get involved with, including:

    Chinese food and drink vendors
    Arts and craft stalls
    Learn calligraphy
    Traditional Chinese brush painting
    Story telling

    Plus there will be musical and dance performances, including the famous Chinese Dragon Dance. There will also be performances by the Nottingham Chinese School.

    The event is free and open to

  • martin-ingham-and-mich-stevenson-large Posted on 09 January 2017

    New Chief Executive of National Ice Centre and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham

    Martin Ingham, previously Deputy CEO and Finance Director of the National Ice Centre and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, has been appointed Chief Executive at the East Midlands premier sport and entertainment venue from 1st January 2017, following six months in the role on an interim basis.

    Martin has worked in a senior management role at the venue since 2002 with responsibilities that include Finance, Ticketing and working closely with promoters to book Arena events, helping to put Nottingham into the Top 50 Arenas in the world for entertainment. He has been instrumental in setting up the venue’s successful National Merchandise concession that operates in various UK venues, including six Arenas and a number

  • brick-wonders-stonehenge Posted on 09 January 2017

    2017 exhibition programme at the Harley Gallery launches with LEGO® Models exhibition

    Renowned worldwide landmarks built from LEGO® bricks, including Niagara Falls and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and a rare insight into Warli tribal art from Western India are just two of the leading exhibitions on show at The Harley Gallery in 2017.

    One year on from the hugely popular ‘Brick City’, Warren Elsmore returns to the Welbeck estate, in north Nottinghamshire, with Brick Wonders; a show of over 70 LEGO® brick models showcasing new wonders of the world, along with treasures from the past millennium that remain standing today.

    The display of tribal Warli art revisits the work of artist Ramesh Hengadi, 10 years on since his first residency at Harley in 2007.

  • np Posted on 05 January 2017

    Nottingham Playhouse looks back on a successful year

    Nottingham Playhouse today published its annual review for 2015/16. Over the financial year Nottingham Playhouse achieved some notable successes and extraordinary achievements,  not only in terms of its productions, but finances, audience numbers and community engagement.

    Achievements included:


    We had a 22% increase in first time attendees to Nottingham Playhouse productions
    We took £1,733,660 at our Box Office
    Issued 121,000 tickets
    We sold almost 1,900 ‘pay what you can’ tickets


    Over 1,000 people attended one of our workshops
    6,500 people took part in one of our participation sessions
    We worked with 430 young people during our ‘Schools Massive’ project, introducing many young people to the stage for

  • classic-thrillers-2016-arsenic-and-old-lace-er4i1089 Posted on 05 January 2017

    Classic Thriller season goes on tour

    Due to closure for building works over the summer, the Theatre Royal Nottingham’s annual Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season goes on tour to other venues in the city

    In a show of city support, Nottingham Playhouse and the National Justice Museum (formerly the Galleries of Justice Museum) will be hosting the Theatre Royal Nottingham’s annual Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season in July 2017.

    Phase II of the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall’s Royal Transformation Project will mean closure of both venues for most of July, August and September as building work takes place on the venue’s new entrance on South Sherwood Street.  The Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season, a month-long repertory season

  • shona-obe-large Posted on 04 January 2017

    Lakeside Arts champion awarded OBE

    The achievements of the Director of Nottingham Lakeside Arts have been recognised in the New Year Honours list.

    Shona Powell has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her work in the arts – most notably transforming the University of Nottingham’s arts centre and museum into a major national asset.

    As a passionate advocate for the arts Shona has engaged with children and families, as well as hard to reach communities, and ensured the programme of activities around productions and exhibitions at Nottingham Lakeside Arts is underpinned by learning.

    Her belief in the importance of the youth audience has led

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