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Nottingham welcomes young creative talent from across the globe

  • Date: 6 September 2012
  • Area: Midlands

Nottingham will be transformed for the next ten days when more than 30 venues around the city will host exhibitions, performances, concerts and workshops by artists aged 18 to 30 from nations including Brazil, Russia, China, India, Iran, USA, Namibia, South Africa, Israel, Syria, Spain, San Marino and the UK.

World Event Young Artists (WEYA), the first event of its kind, will bring 1,000 young artists from 100 nations to Nottingham for a 10-day public arts festival, starting on Friday 7 September and continuing until Sunday 16 September the event will mark a spectacular finale to the Cultural Olympiad in the East Midlands. Artists will stay for the duration of the event and have the opportunity to take part in workshops and debates.

Delivered by UK Young Artists the event builds on the success of the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, celebrating the creativity of young artists.

Rebecca Blackman, Senior Manager, Corporate Planning sees this as an important festival for the city: 'Not only does the festival reach across all artforms developing talent and supporting excellence but it has also engaged a number of key venues and partners in Nottingham, including many regional universities. It's a great opportunity for local communities and audiences to engage with young international artists in a well-structured large scale event.'

Spread across the entire city, elements of the festival will take place at both Nottingham's leading arts spaces and more unusual venues. Many organisations we work with will be taking part in the festival hosting events and displaying work.

To coincide with WEYA, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery and surrounding grounds will host ParkinProgress, a three-year, pan-European creative and cultural collaboration between UK Young Artists and five other European partners, which sees emerging and professional artists take over a park or green urban area to create an art space.

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