A Print Fair, Halloween Parties, and Beverley Knight: Here’s What’s On in Nottingham 23 - 29 October

Sunday 22 October 2023
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Celebrate Black History Month and Halloween, or immerse yourself in some film, literature and music. Here's what you can do this week in Notts...


Black History Month - Cassius X: Becoming Ali + Q&A
When: Monday 23 October
Where: Broadway Cinema
How much: £5

This film follows the early years of Cassius Clay, from bright-eyed rookie to world heavyweight champion and from working class intellectual to one of America’s most influential civil rights campaigners. It reveals how the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, reinforced by a friendship with revolutionary preacher, Malcolm X, set Clay on the journey to become Cassius X, before his induction to the Nation of Islam and ascension to the name of the great Muhammad Ali. After the film, The New Black Film Collective’s Jasmine Bernard-Brooks will be in conversation with Dr Marcellus Baz, CEO of Switch Up and Nottingham School of Boxing.


Beverley Knight
When: Tuesday 24 October
Where: Royal Concert Hall
How much: £27.50 - £117.50

Beverley Knight has been one of the UK’s most consistent artists for almost three decades. Celebrating her incredible career over the years, the tour also marks her milestone fiftieth birthday. Back together with her live band expect a fun-filled night where she will perform all of her classic hits and fan favourites along with brand new songs. Beverley said “It’s been a minute! I am so looking forward to finally getting back on the road with my band again! There is nothing like the energy of a live audience showing love in return for you giving them everything you’ve got.”


T.o.n.e.s (Halloween Special)
When: Friday 27 October
Where: Mimm Studios
How much: £6

Showcasing only the finest Deep, Soulful, Tribal, Techy Afro-House, and Amapiano, the T.O.N.E.S collective bring their signature Bubble and Bounce sound - featuring live percussionists and instrumentalist, clothing and art stalls, and a fully licensed bar. The lineup includes Bushman, Trekkah, DJ Circle, Lemon Eye, Nate Coltrane, and Kiki D. Fancy dress is optional, but there will be prizes for the best dressed! The event will also feature clothing, craft and art stalls.

Print Fair

Print Fair Contemporary 2023
When: 27 October - 29 October
Where: Nottingham Contemporary
How much: Free

Nottingham Contemporary are excited to return this year with Print Fair Contemporary, taking place across the weekend, with a Preview Evening on Friday in The Space and at Blend at Contemporary. Held in their large performance space, the fair will have over thirty stalls, showcasing a wide range of printmakers, illustrators and artists. Celebrating all things print, join them to shop a variety of print specialisms including screen print, risograph, etching, monograph, digital print and more. They have selected a wonderful range of printmakers working across illustration, fine art, design, and textiles.

Lgbt Writers

Reading Proud: An Afternoon With LGBT Writers
When: Saturday 28 October
Where: Nonsuch Studios
How much: £8

An afternoon of talks and readings by LGBT+ writers, fiction and non-fiction, organised in collaboration with Five Leaves Bookshop. Timings to be announced, but it will include a talk by Yvette Taylor on Working Class Queers, a reading by Amy Tollyfield (author of Brixton Nights), a talk by Belgian artist Fleur Pieret on marriage and grief, and a talk by Gregory Woods on being a gay reader and writer. The ticket price is £8 whether you go for one session or all afternoon.


Dark Beer Festival
When: 27 October - 29 October
Where: Black Iris Taproom
How much: Free Entry

Basford beer heroes Black Iris are throwing a 3-day dark beer festival to say goodbye to summer. As well as plenty of their own, they’ll also have beers on offer from Holy Goat (Dundee), Emperors (Ashby), Rodenbach (Belgium), Nerd (Sweden), Left Handed Giant (Bristol) and Neon Raptor (Notts). Halloween fancy dress is not compulsory, but prizes are on offer for those make the effort. Jamaican patties are available from Yello Yard to help you wash it all down.  

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