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Fashion, music, art & dance: What's going on in Sneinton's public spaces?

posted 15 Mar 2015, 12:27 by Tom Hughes   [ updated 15 Mar 2015, 14:04 ]

A Sunday of events suggests Sneinton's squares could come alive- with a focus on people, colour, life and activities...

First off it was down the Market to see the Creative Quarter (CQ) "Indie Fest"- the culmination of their Nottingham Indie Fashion Week. This was a brave attempt to bring Sneinton Market to life- which is no mean feat on a cold Sunday... and whilst most of the surrounding buildings are still pretty lifeless. 


The stalls showed off the work of some talented Nottingham designers, temporary ramps were in place to celebrate the most active users of the Square- its skateboarders, a live music stage hosted some great acts and, most challenging and impressive of all, graffiti artists brought the shutters of the burned-out units bordering the square to life. Nice one CQ.



Meanwhile at Hermitage Square, Dance4 brought the Aomori Project's piece 'Repetition' to Sneinton. It was extraordinary to see contemporary dance in downtown Sneinton- while busses trundled past and a group of guys tried to sell a car just up the street. 


The piece was performed outdoors on a floor mat, in front of  a small audience and to the bemusement of passers-by. The choreography involved an amazing sequence of perfectly coordinated moves on the mat between the two main dancers. 

Over the course of the performance my thoughts changed from seeing this as something quite bizarre into questioning why this kind of thing doesn't happen all the time- maybe this blend of art and everyday life just makes sense in Sneinton? 

Thank you Dance4!
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