#NCFringe and Pop-Up Cafe @CityArtsNotts 27th-29th March!

We are very excited about running a pop-up cafe for the next Nottingham Creative Fringe which will be held on the weekend of the 27th- 29th March 2015. This will be a multi-venue arts festival based on the edge of the city centre where Sneinton and Hockley meet, running in partnership with the Nottingham chapter of the BBC Get Creative campaign.

The Fringe was founded by two social entrepreneurs, Kirsty Fox and Laura Marano. Kirsty is a creative producer with Bees Make Honey Creative CIC, who offer integrated support and opportunities to those entering and working in the creative industries. Laura is the founder of Green Safari and Tibeb Artisan’s Co (formerly Merkato), linking local designers with ethical and environmentally positive projects in Ethiopia and Kenya. This year they’re working with the likes of City Arts, Sneinton Community Traders, JT Soar and Surface Gallery to put together a programme of events. The festival aims to bring different art forms to new audiences, engage with the local community, promote knowledge of existing arts spaces in the area, and provide opportunities for emerging artists and creative businesses.

This year sees the return of the popular Arts Fair on Sneinton Marketplace running on Saturday 28th (2pm – 6pm) and Sunday 29th (12noon – 5pm). The fair offers an alternative weekend shopping experience, with stalls from local designer-makers, fine artists, fashion, print, books and music, as well as fresh coffee and local produce. The fair will be complimented by live music from local artists and DJs.

The festival base will be at City Arts, 11-13 Hockley. Over the duration of the weekend there will be a festival café with Beccy’s Global Kitchen, a real ale bar with Black Iris Brewery, a series of creative workshops, a panel discussion on Reclaiming Nottingham for arts activity and a ‘gigzabition’ – an exhibition and gig to launch collaborative project The Dust on the Moth. We’re also hosting the free Small Galleries Tour, running from 3pm Saturday and Sunday, audiences can join to tour the exhibitions and find out about studio space in the local area.

Look out for our comprehensive festival programme or visit http://www.beesmakehoneycc.com/nottmcreativefringe for more details on events, times and locations!

Nottingham Creative Fringe is supported by The Hive at Nottingham Trent University and the Creative Quarter. nottinghamcreativefringe@gmail.com #NCFringe #BBCgetcreative

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