The travelling gypsy dance hall is back to transform Market Square into a bohemian paradise once again this month. Not your average plastic-sheet-and-pole job, this tent is a proper Harry-Potter-at-the-Quidditch-World-Cup affair, with ornate mirrors, a wooden floor and enough height to stage circus performers. On Wednesday, the space is gonna be overrun with monsters, courtesy of Colette Sadler. She’s taking you and the sprogs on a journey through the monster world, introducing you to curious creatures with marvelously monstrous arms and legs that do the kinds of things they shouldn’t. It’s a wickedly humorous dance show aimed at little’uns aged four to eight. You’d be daft to miss it.
Wednesday 5 October, 1pm, £5.50/£8.50, The Speigeltent
She’s often overlooked in the big wide world of computers, but Nottingham’s own Ada Lovelace is hailed as the first ever computer programmer, and notes found in one of her journals are regarded as the first ever computer algorithm, back in the nineteenth century. My girl had ideas ahead of her time. To pay homage to her outrageous skill, Karina Smigla-Bobinski has invented an automated drawing machine with a soul, that you lot can have a play with. When it’s all systems go, the huge, charcoal studded, helium-filled membrane makes a series of marks, flecks, lines and points that record the memory of the machines own movements. It’s being displayed as part of the Castle’s Big Draw 2016 programme, so you best get yourselves up there to have a go at the latest addition to the art world. ADA, we can’t wait to meet you.
Opens on Thursday 6 October, 11am, castle entrance fees apply, Long Gallery, Nottingham Castle
The New Art Exchange have literally bossed it with this one. They’ve brought in the big – or should we say, miniature – guns, to say the least. The Aftermath Dislocation Principle is a post-riot landscape created in miniature by acclaimed artist Jimmy Cauty, co-creator of chart-topping band, The KLF. Following the installation’s critically acclaimed appearance at Banksy’s Dismaland last summer, it is now rehoused in a shipping container and will be paying New Art Exchange a visit on its tour of the UK. Set in a post-apocalyptic UK, the country is now a police state. So much so, that nion everyone is a police officer, and they’ve set about the task of creating a modern day Tower of Babel. It’s politically charged art at it’s best. We’ll see you there.
Runs until Sunday 9 October, free, New Art Exchange
For over 720 years, Nottinghamians have been gorging themselves on mint sauce and mushy peas, and seeing if they can keep them down after a session on the waltzers. And the big owd Gooseh is back on Gregory Boulevard roundabout, meaning the time is night to fill our purses with pennies for the rides. That’s right Hoodtown, the biggest and baddest fun fair in all the land is back to blow our socks off once again. See if you can find yourself a cock on a stick to munch on, and run over yer mates on the dodgems. The Malt Cross are in on the action too, celebrating the opening of the Victorian music hall in time for Goose Fair in 1877, so make sure you pop your head in over the course of the weekend.
Wednesday 5 - Sunday 9 October, Forest Recreation Ground
NG:She are a local community interest company who’ve been awarded funding from Notts County Council to offer women across the county a range of courses, with two free courses starting this month. The programme kicks off with Women into the Future on Friday 7 October at The Milk Lounge in Arnold, running weekly with a half-term break. You’ll discuss whether wolf whistling should be a hate crime, whether prostitution should be regulated, and other topics of interest suggested by you. All women are welcome, and you can bring babies, too. To secure a place, text your name, postcode and #Women@MilkLounge to 07850 524 319, or just turn up on the day.
Friday 7 October, 11.30am, free, The Milk Lounge
We’re bleddy well over-run with festivals in the city this month. So much so, that Nottingham has been hailed the UK’s Festival City for the entirety of October. Good on us, eh, Notts. That means that despite the days becoming shorter and temperatures properly dropping, we’ll still find ways to keep the spirit levels high and get us out and about. A new kid on the block this year, you’ll need to get your bottoms down to the art-deco gloriousness that is the Savoy, to feast your eyes on the best international films this side of anywhere. With films from all over the shop, covering all manner of topics, you’re bound to find summat proper boss to impress your mates with. There’ll be awards for Best International and UK Feature, Best Student Film, and Best Film of the Festival, so keep your eyes peeled for the winners.
Friday 7 - Sunday 9 October, Savoy Cinema
Taking over the city streets in a mammoth manner, it’s the tenth anniversary of one of Hoodtown’s most insane charity music festivals, the Hockley Hustle. Raising money for local charities – Equation, Rethink Mental Illness Nottingham, Framework, Dolly’s Imagination Library, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum, CYF Project and the John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre – local musicians and performing artists are giving up their time to give you a good time. Yours truly are hosting the Broadway stage, with the likes of Unknown Era, Natalie Duncan and Major Labia performing throughout the day. Head to Revolution to catch the best of the local grime and hip hop scene, with a stage hosted by Phlexx and Clash Money; or pop in to The Bodega to see Wire and Wool’s chilled-out acoustic stage. BBC Introducing are making Brewdog their home for the day, with the likes of Nina Smith and Indiana bringing it; and The Angel has a massive line-up with some of the noisiest Notts heads, courtesy of the I’m Not From London lot. Broad Street will also play host to a silent disco, so head over to the Hockley Hustle website to register your interest for that. And, as per, expect a fair few surprises when you’re out and about.
Sunday 9 October, all day, £12, Hockley
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