Things To Do in Nottingham : 19th – 21st May


The next few weeks in Nottingham are jam packed with fantastic events and things to do. Kicking off with an excellent line up this weekend, you’ll be pressed to find excuses to stay home. Food festivals, exhibitions, live music and theatre will keep you entertained and out enjoying the streets of Nottingham. Don’t forget to browse our What’s On page for more ideas of where to get out and about this weekend!

Melting Pot FestivalNew Art Exchange

Saturday 20 May 2017 from 12PM – 5PM

Despite being walking distance from the city centre, it could be easy to forget about Hyson Green’s New Art Exchange if it was not for the tempting and diverse programme of events they put on. This weekend is no exception with Melting Pot set to be a lively jamboree bringing together community, creativity and delicious cuisine. A medley of local food stalls, drop-in arty workshops and live music are promised, with a buzzing atmosphere.


Lady Bay Arts Festival – Various Venues


Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May 

While the finished project of an artist can be a beautiful treat to behold, the places in which they create can be infinitely fascinating too, telling the story of how an artist works or how a particular piece has been created. This weekend artists throughout Lady Bay, just south of Trent Bridge, present their annual art festival to show off their studios, homes, and gardens. There will be delicious food, wandering musicians, art and gifts to purchase, and the chance to chat with the artists themselves. Pick up a trail guide at The Poppy & Pint to begin exploring for a great day in the community!


Rent at Nottingham Playhouse

Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 May 2017

One of the most popular musicals of the 20th century, Rent was inspired by Puccini’s classic opera La Boheme. This breath-taking journey follows a group of young artists as they struggle to survive in New York City’s East Village, juggling the romantic life of bohemian excess and the daily grind of making ends meet. Featuring a star cast this whirlwind show was a winner of four Tony® Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and the hugely prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Drama, running on Broadway for an astonishing 12 years.


Museums at Night – Various Locations

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17th – 20th May 2017

Museums at Night is the UK’s annual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events. You’ll find out more information on the exciting places to visit during this annual event in our recent blog.


Ultimate BowieThe Palace Theatre

Friday 19th May

The world has gone quite Bowie crazy in the year since his passing, with people of all ages pulling out the Think White Duke’s back catalogue to reminisce about glitter make up, platform boots and youthful days in the surreal seventies. For those wondering if a tribute act could ever live up to Ziggy’s star presence, with Ultimate Bowie you might be surprised. Ed Blaney not only looks the part, but also has quite the knack for Bowie’s charmingly impish warble and will take you from Aladdin Sane to Superstar.


Lara Favaretto & Wu Tsang Exhibition OpeningNottingham Contemporary

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Friday 19th May

Something a little unusual has been creeping around Nottingham Contemporary of late… On a grey day you could be mistaken in blaming the shortcomings of the great British weather for the moody fog which has sporadically shrouded the gallery, or even (as many have reportedly feared) the result of a fire, being a gallery of innovative art and ideas however, it was always likely to be something a little more avant-garde. This weekend international artists Lara Favaretto and Wu Tsang open their respective exhibitions, and as always it’s set to be a night of intriguing art and great music. Tickets are free but booking is advised, and don’t forget to get there early for a free cocktail!

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Posted on 15 May 2017
Featured author: Sophie

Writer and amateur local historian with an affection for English eccentrics. Returned to Nottingham in 2013, only to fall in love with the creative and cultural goings of the city.

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