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27 days of world-class theatre, dance, literature (and more) to be hosted by 16 venues across Nottingham as part of the Nottingham European Arts and Theatre Festival. 

Taking place from the 17th May to the 12th June 2016, the festival will present a selection of local, regional and European work from artists and companies in venues across the city. From theatres and art galleries to cinemas and public spaces.


Nottingham European Arts and Theatre Festival (neat), began in the city back in 2011, and runs every two years. A collaboration between Nottingham’s arts venues, bringing the best international companies and artists from Europe to the UK, as well as showcasing the wealth or artistic endeavour taking place regionally and locally in Nottingham.


This year’s programing celebrates Nottingham being awarded UNESCO City of Literature status. 


Giles Croft, Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse said: “In this third iteration of the neat festival we once again celebrate our importance as a European City by offering a richly diverse programme. The work for neat16 demonstrates the strength and ambition of the City’s cultural offer and proudly asserts our literary heritage.”


Festival highlights from some of the participating venues include:


Backlit Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of works by the Turner Prize-winning artist Simon Starling. The film Black Drop explores the impact of astronomy on cinema while Nine Feet Later brings together a series of natural objects, ancient and modern, that together create “some kind of a rustic time machine,” says Starling. The exhibition is an official fringe event to the larger Simon Starling show at Nottingham Contemporary. March 19-June 26, open Tue-Sun 12-5pm

Broadway 23 April 2016 marks the 400th Anniversary of the death of the UK’s greatest playwright, dramatist and poet, William Shakespeare. Broadway will be presenting a special season of films, CELLULOID SHAKESPEARE. With no other writer having such a great influence on cinema, the season explores how filmmakers have adapted and been inspired and interpreted Shakespeare’s work for the big screen. We will begin the season with an illustrated talk on the cinema’s long relationship with Shakespeare, delivered by Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London and British Film Commission.


Bromley House local author David Belbin will talk about his new collection of short stories ‘Provenance: new and collected stories’. 


Dance4- Shelley on a Loop by Dog Kennel Hill Project

Thursday 18 & Friday 19 May, 5pm – 6.30pm, 7pm – 8.30pm Nottingham Contemporary

Shelley on a Loop is a homage to actress Shelley Duval and director Stanley Kubrick’s controversial process of film making in The Shining. The legendary scene in which Shelley confronts a demonic Jack Nicholson with a baseball bat, is recreated as a live choreography that repeats on a loop as a visual performance installation. 


Nottingham Lakeside Arts-Wheee! international children’s theatre and dance festival 

Saturday 28 May – Sunday 5 June

Including world premiere of brand new Luminarium – KATENA and multi-award winning international company Aracaladanza’s Vuelos (Flights).


New Art Exchange- Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf, 2 April- 19 June.

Leisure Land Golf is a fully playable mini-golf course, designed by 10 leading voices from the contemporary art world.


National Videogame Arcade/GameCity- Once Upon A Twine- 28 May from 11am and 31 May from 12pm.

Play the City! Once Upon A Twine is a free two-day workshop bringing together game-making with storytelling to create new, site-specific games. Inspired by a visit to a secret location at the Twine Jam, learn how to make a game at the NVA – your games will then be smuggled into their locations for everyone to play!


Nonsuch Theatre – Shake It Up Europe is a three week celebration of international theatre making in Nottingham. In NEAT & unTidy work that’s not quite finished will take to the stage in week 1, we’ll then ask the questions and question the answers in Symposium 2016: New Beginnings during week 2, before getting the party started with Fiesta – a celebration of performance events that won’t be forgotten easily! 
Nottingham Castle, Museum & Art Gallery- Gordon Cheung : Here Be Dragons

30 April – 17 July 2016 Gordon Cheung is a contemporary artist whose work captures the mood of the global collapse of civilization – or a dystopian, prophetic vision of it – where moral, economic and environmental crises have spun out of control. Spiritual undertones are balanced alongside familiar contemporary images from popular media, cyberspace, nature, and more recently, from historical painting. This exhibition will feature new works made especially for Nottingham Castle.


Nottingham Contemporary- presents the largest-ever UK exhibition of the works of Simon Starling- the Turner Prize winner who studied at Nottingham Trent University. The exhibition includes a new commission and some of Starling’s major projects, most of which have never been shown in Britain before. The exhibition is part of season two of The Grand Tour. Exhibition- 19 March- 26 June.


Nottingham Playhouse- Spymonkey, (Co- production with Brighton Festival and Royal & Derngate Northampton), presents The Complete Deaths 

Thursday 9 June- Saturday 11 June

There are 75 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare. Spymonkey will perform them all. A solemn, sombre and sublimely funny tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.


Alongside the main stage productions, Nottingham Playhouse’s Neville Studio has also programmed a series of panel discussions and performances across the festival. Including-


The Syrian Monologues- Wednesday 25 May, 7.45pm
The Playhouse Ensemble perform staged readings of current personal testimonies from Syrian refugees in Jordan, directed by Susannah Tresilian, in collaboration with Ashtar Theatre in Palestine. With a live Q&A with Ashtar’s co-Artistic Director Iman Aoun direct from Palestine.
Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall-

The Halle, Thursday 2 June.                         

Alexandra Dariescu performs Chabrier, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and Dukas. In the final concert of the 15/16 Nottingham Classics season. 
Venues/Organisations involved


Backlit Gallery


Bromley House

Creative Quarter

Dance 4

Galleries of Justice

Game City

National Videogame Arcade (GameCity)

New Art Exchange

Nonsuch Theatre

Nottingham Castle Museum and Gallery

Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Lakeside Arts

Nottingham Playhouse

Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature


Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall


For more information on neat16, please visit www.neatfestival.com

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