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Neat Festival brings international artists to Nottingham

  • Date: 22 May 2014
  • Area: Midlands
Neat Festival

Artists from across Europe are set to perform for the first time in the UK at this year’s neat festival; a ten day celebration of European art and theatre taking place in Nottingham from Friday 23 May to Sunday 1 June.

neat14 is a collaboration between Nottingham-based artists, companies and venues, supported by investment from the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts programme.

For 10 days, venues including Nottingham Playhouse, Lakeside Arts Centre, New Art Exchange, Broadway Cinema, Nottingham Trent University, Primary and the Galleries of Justice, will host a varied programme of theatre, art, music, dance, film and family events.

Throughout the festival audiences will have the opportunity to see work by artists from 20 European countries, including Albania, Belarus, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland and Spain, many of whom will be performing in the UK for the first time.

World premieres include ‘The Seagull’ by Z/K/M from Croatia; ‘Magnificat’ by Marta Górnicka from Poland; and ‘Bolero’ from the Sarajevo War Theatre in Bosnia Herzegovina, in a co-production with ODA from Kosovo and Nottingham Playhouse.

As well as showcasing work by artists from continental Europe, the festival provides a platform for established and emerging Nottingham-based artists to exhibit and perform their work, highlighting the city’s wealth of creative talent.

Audiences will see work by artists based in Hyson Green, the Meadows and St Ann's, as well as the world premiere of ‘Falling in Love with Frida’ by Caroline Bowditch and Dance4.

Artwork by over 70 contemporary British artists, including eight Turner Prize winners, will also be on display at Nottingham Contemporary during the festival, in an exciting new exhibition entitled ‘Somewhat Abstract’, which has been curated from works of art belonging to the Arts Council Collection.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “Neat festival brings together a wide range of high-quality work by European artists, and I would encourage people to take advantage of being amongst the first in the UK to see productions such as ‘The Seagull’ and ‘Falling in Love with Frida’. The line-up is really varied and features lots of family events, as well as some great contemporary British art, so I’m sure there will be something for everyone to enjoy.”

Find out more

Click here to find out more about Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts programme.

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