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Fascinating Finds from Nottingham's Caves
Places of Work and Play
Until 7th July

University of Nottingham Museum

poster Nottingham is famous for its hundreds of caves which lie underneath the city’s historic centre, carved into the sandstone rock, some going back to the medieval period.

This exhibition highlights some of the fascinating cave finds, showing the ways in which caves were used for work – as places for tanning leather, brewing and storing ale, or craft-working – and as places of leisure, with impressive caves found underneath many of the city’s famous pubs, inns and townhouses where people gathered to drink, eat and enjoy themselves.

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Water into Wine
Exhibition
Until 24th Aug

poster Water into Wine is a series of new paintings by Nottingham artist Kim Thompson that recaptures and upscales the beauty and depth present in the experiences of nine Nottingham residents of Caribbean descent, some of whom include the artist’s family. The paintings steer away from common narratives of trauma whilst also placing a spotlight on the existence of Black life in a regional British city. Water into Wine encourages us to rethink our perspectives on narratives underrepresented within the contemporary art gallery or museum context and to find relativity and connection within our own lives.

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NAE OPEN 2024
Until 21st Sept

New Arts Exchange

poster The NAE Open returns for its fourth iteration with a presentation of works that includes paintings, video, live art, photography, textiles and sculpture. This dynamic exhibition was created through a competitive open application process for Nottinghamshire-based artists and Global Ethnic majority* artists living anywhere in the UK. Tasked to seek out the most innovative and high-quality artworks that address critical societal concerns and interests, a panel of advocates, including neighbours, artists and curators, chose from a substantive amount of submissions. The result is an eclectic and compelling selection of artists at different stages of their careers.

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30 Days Wild
The UK's biggest nature challenge!
Until 30th June

logo 30 Days Wild is The Wildlife Trusts' annual challenge event, where everyone involved does one wild thing a day throughout the month of June.

We’re excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of 30 Days Wild with YOU this year.

Sign up today and receive a FREE pack in the post, plus lots of inspiration for activities.

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Nottingham Refugee Week
Until 23rd June

Various venues, Nottingham

logo Nottingham Refugee Week is an annual cultural festival celebrating the culture of sanctuary we have built here in Nottingham. Delivered through a fabulous programme of events organised in partnership with refugee and asylum-seeking communities across Nottingham, it is an act of welcome, a gesture of solidarity and a shared celebration with people who have sought refuge here.

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Awful Auntie
by David Walliams
Birmingham Stage Company
Until 23rd June

Theatre Royal, Nottingham

poster When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, she has no idea her life is in danger! When Stella wakes up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell her what has happened. But not everything Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie!

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An Evening of Burlesque
A night of laughter, cabaret, mystery, and glamour!
21st June

Nottingham Playhouse

poster Roll up, roll up. . . a scintillating night out of sparkling entertainment – the UK’s longest running burlesque show – is back touring the nation. And, it’s bigger than ever.

Join us for the good old-fashioned night out as we bring you the ultimate variety show, blending stylish cabaret, comedy, music, circus and burlesque to light up all your senses.

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What is Black/Brown JOY?
Workshop with whatsthebigmistry
21st June

Nottingham Playhouse

poster Join Priya Mistry for this workshop which will be a combination of practical activity and discussion, exploring Ideas and Expressions around the concept of 'Black and Brown JOY'.

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Red Sea FC
a benefit gig
22nd June

Bunkers Hill Nottingham

poster Just a reminder that there is a benefit gig for a refugee football team Red Sea FC on 22 June 7:30 to 10:30 upstairs at Bunkers Hill. £3 entry on door.

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The Night Sky Show
22nd June

Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

poster Bringing his successful sell out and highly praised show. Astronomer and author Adrian West (aka VirtualAstro) presents a spectacular experience for everyone that looks up and wonders.

THE UNIVERSE HAS NEVER BEEN SO MUCH FUN!

Using stunning visual effects. The Night Sky Show will take you on an epic journey across the cosmos. A fun, entertaining and memorable performance, which will help you understand and enjoy the heavens above and beyond, without any heavy-going science or explanations.

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Mountbatten Hospice Wing Walk 2024
Emily Jones

In 2024, I am taking to the skies and taking part in the first charity Wing Walk on the Isle of Wight in aid of the wonderful Mountbatten Hospice on the island who looked after my lovely Dad and our whole family in his final weeks.
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Windrush Day Celebrations 2024
With Esther Stapleton-Stone
22nd June

Five Leaves Bookshop 14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG12DH

poster The Nottingham’s Windrush Generation and their socio-economic contributions to the city. Focussing on the locally published book ’The Life of William Chong: A Windrush Passenger’ by Bishop James Stapleton OBE and Esther Stapleton-Stone.

“There has been a lot of coverage recently in the media about the SS Windrush and we have a great story that we would like to share with you. In 2006, Tuntum Housing Association discovered that one of their residents ,Mr William Chong, was an arrivee on the famous SS Empire Windrush in 1948. Tuntum then arranged for Mr Chong and his son to travel back to Jamaica for the first time since 1948. During the two week trip Mr Chong met the Prime Minister and Governor General of Jamaica and was followed by BBC East Midlands journalist, Jeremy Ball, who gave regular updates on Mr Chong’s trip. Sadly, Mr Chong passed away in 2014.” –Tuntum Housing Association

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Restore Nature Now March
22nd June

Starting in Park Lane, W1K, London, the full march route followes Piccadilliy before turning toward Trafalgar Square and heading down Whitehall to Parliament Square

poster The natural world is in trouble and we need to take action.

Giving a pay-rise for nature

Making polluters pay

Delivering more space for nature

Putting a right to a healthy environment in law

Ensuring fair and effective climate action

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Arnold Summer Fair 2024
Gedling Borough Council
22nd June

Arnot Hill Park, Arnold

poster As we celebrate 50 years of Gedling Borough Council, we are eager to share the rich history of our area and showcase some of the amazingly talented individuals who make Gedling great.

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Sherwood Arts Week
22nd -30th June

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Alice in Wonderland
A Derby Theatre Production
22nd June - 6th July

Derby Theatre

poster A wonderful and whacky theatrical adventure for all ages. Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Alice and join her on a ridiculous and riotous adventure through Wonderland.

A new version by Nicola Werenowska based on Lewis Carroll’s classic story.

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Bad Ideas Club
with Bad Betty Press
25th June

Mansfield Central Library

logo A bad poem’s just an early draft…

Poets! Share new work, first drafts and ‘bad’ ideas in a warm, inclusive setting.

Come and join local poet and writer Sophie Sparham and Nottingham based independent publishers Bad Betty Press for a free, relaxed poetry workshop where you can share your ideas and work on new projects.

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The Full Monty Musical
Presented by Nottingham Arts Theatre
25th - 29th June

Nottingham Arts Theatre

poster Based on the cult hit film of the same name, The Full Monty a 10-time Tony Award-nominee, is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and the most highly-anticipated closing number of any show. The powerhouse team of Terrence McNally (Ragtime) and David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) cook up an aggressive crowd pleaser that both entertains and grabs your heart.

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Unfortunate
The Untold Story of Ursula The Sea Witch. The Musical Parody.
25th - 29th June

Theatre Royal, Nottingham

poster Fresh from complete sell out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and around the UK comes this critically acclaimed smash hit parody musical. Starring Shawna Hamic (Orange is the New Black, 1776 on Broadway) as ‘Ursula’ and River Medway (RuPaul’s Drag Race UK) as ‘Ariel’, Unfortunate is coming to Nottingham and things are gonna get wet!

Join everyone’s favourite Disney Diva, Ursula, as she gives her take on what really happened all those years ago under the sea. With an original hot pop soundtrack and trademark filthy humour, it’s time to take the plunge and dive into this year’s hottest night out.

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Human Rights,
Shami Chakrabarti in conversation with Rachel Holmes
Five Leaves Bookshop
NEW VENUE
26th June

Nottingham Central Library 1 Carrington Street, Nottingham, NG1 7FH

bookcover After the devastation of World War Two, the international community came together to enshrine fundamental rights to refuge, health, education and living standards, for privacy, fair trials and free speech, and outlawing torture, slavery and discrimination. Their goal was greater global justice, equality, and peace. That settlement is now in danger, attacked by opponents from across the political spectrum and populist and authoritarian movements worldwide. We are threatened by wars, inequality, new technologies and climate catastrophe, and we need our human rights now more than ever.

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Poetry Scum
Feat Chris Oliver
27th June

The Robin Hood Sherwood, Nottingham

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Dandelions midsummer poetry reading
with Becky Cullen
27th June

Five Leaves Bookshop 14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG12DH

logo Dandelions normally meets in the Sir John Borlace Warren pub, but twice a year they put on their tux and frocks for a more sophisticated evening, with fine wine rather than pints and pork scratchings. Or at least some fruit juice served in ill-matched glasses.

As usual the Dandelions evening will have a friendly and supportive poetry open mic.

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Everywhere
by Nicky Bellenger
Derby Youth Theatre
28th - 29th June

Derby Theatre

logo A brand new play for young people, performed by our Youth Theatre group.

Roo’s 13th Birthday is approaching, but in the build up to the big day, something’s not right at home. On the night Mum disappears, Roo is convinced his parents are splitting up. But then there’s a letter from the hospital, and three words turn the whole family’s world upside down: ‘Young-onset Alzheimer’s’.

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Attenborough in Watercolour
Painting Workshop
29th June

Attenborough Nature Reserve, Barton Lane, Attenborough, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG9 6DY

poster Spend a relaxing day painting at Attenborough Nature Centre led by Anjana Cawdell. Anjana is a nature inspired watercolour artist based in Nottingham, who loves to paint in a loose, impressionistic style. The workshop is designed to get you excited about the wonderful medium of watercolour in a small group setting of up to 8, enabling you to appreciate the mindfulness aspect of the practice and equip you with lots of valuable tips to help you with your future paintings.

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Belly Dance World
Dance
29th June

Nottingham Playhouse

poster Join Belly Dance World and friends for an evening of live drumming from Saiidi Beats and dancing from across the Middle East and North Africa.

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Imagination the Showcase
We Are Hazza Theatre School
6th July

Nottingham Playhouse

poster Follow the story of Dolly as her imagination explodes right in front of her eyes.

The true depth of the imagination can take you to some wonderful places, but be warned, the imagination can be a dark place. This is a true spectacle showcasing the students’ hard work over the past year through song, dance and acting.

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Sneinton Festival
6th - 14th July

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