Festivals of Music, Art and Film, plus Halloween Season Kicks Off: Here's What's In Nottingham 16 - 22 October

Sunday 15 October 2023
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Dance at Hockley Hustle, hear the stories of the Windrush generation, hobnob with artists or get a taste for the city's dark history this week in Nottingham.


Amplify Festival

When: 18 October - 21 October
Where: Nottingham Playhouse
How much: £1 - £16

Amplify Festival is an annual celebration of artists from across the wider Midlands regions, and takes place this year from 18-21 October. The festival will feature a host of new and exciting work from the region, alongside scratch performances, networking opportunities, workshops and panel discussions, it’s a place for artists and audience to come together to delight and invest in local talent.

Bad Betty

Bad Betty Live

When: Thursday 19 October
Where: Rough Trade
How much: £10 - £15

Award-winning publishing house Bad Betty Press brings you a dynamic night of live poetry and music, preceded by an afternoon poetry masterclass. October’s Bad Betty Live features poetry from Bohdan Piasecki, Jasmine Gardosi, Joe Carrick-Varty, and Becky Cullen, and music from Otis Mensah and Caz Teague. Hosted by Joshua Judson and Jake Wild Hall.

Notts Contemp

Musings With Ayo Akingbade: Jarman Award Touring Programme 2023

When: Friday 20 October
Where: Nottingham Contemporary
How much: Free

Discover the incredible diversity within the world of artists’ filmmaking in the UK, with a presentation of the work of the shortlist of this year’s Film London Jarman Award, which comes with a £10,000 prize. Films in the programme use animation, analogue film, poetry and choral song to explore narratives around air pollution and inequality, cryptocurrency, the queering of the British countryside and gentrification. 


Condemned: a Halloween Special

When: 21 October - 29 October
Where: National Justice Museum
How much: £15

Discover the disturbing true crimes that landed people in our Gaol, on this special guided tour. Stand in the dock where those found guilty heard their fates, and hear about the gruesome crimes that brought them to our courtroom. Visit the dark cells where the condemned spent their final hours before finally being escorted to the courtyard, where the gallows loom and bodies were laid to rest.


Windrush 75: Stories from Nottingham

When: Saturday 21 October
Where: New Art Exchange
How much: Free

LeftLion and New Art Exchange have been collaborating on a project to document and publish the stories of people from Nottingham who were part of the Windrush generation. This event will be the official premiere of a new series of short films created as part of this project, all filmed at the New Art Exchange during August and September. The films will be introduced by the Director Curtis Powell and many of the interviewees will be our special guests at this event.

Hockley Hustle

Hockley Hustle

When: Sunday 22 October
Where: Hockley
How much: £10 - £16.50

Now a Nottingham staple event, Hockley Hustle is an annual music and arts festival and a part of the Hustle Collective. Directly contributing to over £500,000 raised for Nottinghamshire charities and communities since 2006, The Hustles’ core ethos is to be a force for positive change and to support and empower others to do so. They also like a good party and there are dozens of local acts playing throughout the area! Head to their Instagram to find out the full line up and the different stages.

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