Things to do this weekend, 07-08 September


Although it’s still Wednesday, the weekend seems to approach faster every week, which is great news for all of us weekenders out there. For those of you looking for weekend inspiration we prepared a condensed dose of events taking place around our beautiful country. For more inspiration, go to the What’s on section of our website where you’ll find the full list of events.


Nottingham Mela100

Celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema and the poetry of Tagore with the Nottingham Mela100.  Held across five Nottingham venues this weekend, 6th-8th September, and additionally on 15th September, the festival will be a vibrant, colourful celebration which brings together music, dance, visual arts, film, street entertainment, South Asian cuisine, crafts and markets to entertain and engage all ages and communities. Be sure to consult our web site for the details of the celebration and we will see you there!


D. H. Lawrence Festival 2013

imageresizerCADELRJTDavid Herbert Lawrence, poet, novelist, play writer, essayist and literary critic was born and raised in our extraordinary country. He wrote several memorable pieces, including the thrilling Sons and Lovers, which brought him fame and recognition all over the world. To pay homage to this historical figure we invite you to the D.H. Lawrence Festival 2013. It’s an annual event set in and around Lawrence’s birthplace of Eastwood. The 2013 Festival will include lectures guided walks, film screenings, specialist museum tours, National Heritage Open Days, reading groups, exhibitions, drama, music and much more.  The festival starts this Friday 6th September and lasts until 21st September. Make sure to check this year’s programme and take part in the celebration!


Steam Heritage Day at Bestwood Country Park

The industrial revolution returns to Nottingham this Sunday 8th September. The culmination point will be the Bestwood Country Park where all the events take place. Experience the revolution yourself while listening to The Bestwood Black Diamonds Brass Band and participate in a range of activities prepared by the organizers. For more information and contact details consult our web page.


Art in the Asylum


I Spit on Life’ 1953-54 by William Kurelek (Adamson Collection, London © Estate of William Kurelek, courtesy of the Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto

This Saturday 7th September marks the launch of Art in the Asylum, a new exhibition at the Lakeside Arts Centre. The unique exhibition continues until 3rd November and is admission free. The focus of this original art display will be the evolution of artistic activity in British psychiatric institutions from the early 1800s to the 1970s. With over 100 loans from national and international archives, the exhibition traces the historical shift from invasive treatments of mental disorders to a more humane regime in which creativity played a more significant role. Find out more and use the opportunity to view the exhibition free of charge.


Newark Blues Festival 2013

The Newark Blues Festival takes place over the weekend of Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September. It’s a fifth annual event organized by musicians and volunteers on a non profit basis. This year there will be thirty-five bands playing at several venues around Newark. With top national blues artists performing, as well as established local bands, the event attracts attendees from all over the UK and beyond. Find out more and discover the amazing world of blues right at your door.


circus1Charles Chipperfield Circus

After 20 year of absence in Notts the Charles Chipperfield Circus returns on 5th September and will stay with us for ten days until 15th September. This circus is the 7th generation of the original Chipperfield Circus family dating back to 1684. Their spectacular shows include the world famous clown “Chico Rico” from Mexico, dare devil swinging trapeze, the Moreno sisters, rolling globes, “Andrei Troupe” from Romania, “Wheel of Death” from Mexico, Russian horizontal bar, professional Breakdancing, magic and illusions and much more. For your convenience it’s now possible to book the tickets online through our web site. Book your place and have a blast with the Charles Chipperfield Circus.


Tell us what you’re up to this weekend and feel free to recommend other things for us to feature in future posts. Find us on facebook and twitter to join the conversation.


Posted on 04 September 2013
Featured author: Kinga

Addicted to music and learning languages. Loves reading, gardening, travelling and everything new media related.

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