Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Event - Nottingham city centre will shine at night with Light Night on Friday 18th February!

Visitors can see fantastic entertainment and artist commissions and take advantage of many special offers in bars and restaurants across the city. Come out and enjoy surreal light installations, music and street performers will transform the city and bring it to life after dark. Experience secret gardens, spooky terror tours, live jam sessions, treasure trails with a twist, and things in the city that visitors never knew existed!
'Lite' Night, on Saturday 19th February, provides a chance to see many of the attractions of Light Night for those unable to make it on the Friday night.
Councillor David Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Customers at Nottingham City Council, said: "Light Night is about celebrating all that's good about Nottingham, its people, art, cultural, the build environment, bars, restaurants and other retail outlets.
"We are now in our fourth year of Nottingham Light Night and our programme this year is filled with many free events, activities and offers for all ages to enjoy.
"Whether listening to live poetry, taking part in a dual at Nottingham Castle, making a ukelule or going out for special meal, there is something to suit all. Light Night is a very special event and visitors will be amazed at how difference things look after dark!
"As well as enjoying the evening's spectacles, visitors can also take advantage of late night offers, including discounted travel, retail, bar and restaurant offers."
"Many activities are unique to Light Night so don't miss your chance to explore, experience and see the city in a new perspective."
Nottingham City Council is once again joining up with sponsors We Are Nottingham, who together with the Greater Nottingham Partnership have provided the funding for the 'Lite' Night event as well as special offers for visitors to enjoy on both nights around the city. We Are Nottingham is a Business Improvement District representing the city's leisure businesses.
Sylvia Manser, Chief Executive of We Are Nottingham, said: "Light Night is a great opportunity for visitors to come and enjoy Nottingham after dark.
"Nottingham has recently been awarded a Purple Flag for the diversity of entertainment and welcoming atmosphere it offers at night, so if you've not visited in the evening for a while, Light Night gives you the perfect reason to come."
The Light Night programme begins on Friday 18th February from 6pm with events across the city centre from the Old Market Square, to Hockley, to the Lace Market, St. Mary Church; to Nottingham Castle, and Trinity Square.
The Castle Quarter, including the Castle; Robin Hood Statue; Castle Road; Brewhouse Yard and the Waterworks Building and Courtyard plays host to many indoor and outdoor entertainment, activities for children, illuminations and other attractions. The galleries and inside areas will be open until 9pm and the grounds close at 10pm.
Renaissance East Midlands will also be showcasing many exciting and diverse projects in the Castle Quarter and Nottinghamshire Archives on Wilford Street.
This will be a unique opportunity to see the community engagement work being done in museums and heritage sites across the region, with examples ranging from site excavations, wicker sculpting, and the creation of replica Stone Age tools to film workshops and exhibition design.
The Old Market Square will see the return of the Wheel of Nottingham which is a popular attraction for families who will get the chance to experience the vast array of light illuminations across the city from above. Families can also enjoy many events including; Brazilian Samba; Solar Powered Disco Dance Floors; the Moving Maze; Bongo Bongo Twinkly Tales; Terror Tours at the Galleries of Justice; songs by the Nottingham Music Groups and KaleidoscopiaLive where they can make their own kaleidoscope patterns.
As well as Light Night, the 18th February sees a celebration of Spirit Nottingham - a partnership between 11 of the city's key cultural organisations including cinema, theatre, art, museums and dance together with restaurants and bars.  A new Spirit website has been created to attract more visits to the city and to encourage cross over visits between the different venues.  It will provide a valuable aid to planning a day or night out in Nottingham.
Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse, one of the founding partners, said: "Spirit Nottingham is a great way of accessing the city's fantastic cultural offer in one place - arts, culture, heritage as well as food and drink. Nottingham has a fantastic reputation as a cultural city and we wanted to highlight this in the website. The cultural offer of the city is worth over £100 million per annum to the local economy and is a major local employer.  It's really something to celebrate and to experience.
"Events at Broadway Cinema, Lakeside Arts Centre, Dance4 and Nottingham Playhouse, to name but a few, are all featured on the Spirit Nottingham site. It is easy for visitors to find out what is happening across Nottingham in one place - we hope the site will encourage them to try new things." 
There are also many films, performances and exhibitions to enjoy across the city including; Wine and Rhyme at Edins on Broad Street; Word of Mouth at Antenna, Piano Tag Team at the Royal Concert Hall and Fable - A Film Opera at the Broadway Cinema.
'Lite' Night on Saturday 19th February sees many events and commissions continuing. The grounds of the Castle will be open both on Friday 18th February and Saturday 19th February for illuminations from 6pm until 10pm. Light Commissions HIG at St. Nic's church, KaleidoscopiaLive at the Castle and Light Flower on Angel Row will also still be illuminating the city. Visitors will also still be able to enjoy many of the activities including; Festival of Light at The Alley Cafe; Towers of Light on Goose Gate; Victoria Installation on Angel Row; Poems and Light Painting at the Nottingham Photographers' Hub and Music at the The Maltcross.
Both evenings offer the chance to save money in bars and restaurants across the city including: The Cumin Indian Restaurant, Aubrey's Traditional Creperie, Cape, Fothergill's Bar and Restaurant, Pitcher & Piano, Strada, Fat Cat Cafe Bar and Yates.
For more information, event listings and offers during Light Night call Nottingham Tourism Centre on 08444 77 5678 or visit Nottingham Light Night 2011

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