World-class virtual festival in Notts will support key workers

The Nottstopping Festival on the 23rd and 24th May will raise money to reward key workers

A new world-class virtual festival will bring the best Nottinghamshire culture into your home. The Nottstopping Festival on the 23rd and 24th May will feature music, dance, theatre and plenty more.

Nottstopping will raise money to provide treats, gifts and experiences for Nottinghamshire’s selfless frontline key workers. Parts of the event will be shown on Notts TV.

The festival’s being presented by Light Hustle, the team which last month streamed performances from Notts artists including Jake Bugg, Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Rob Green. That first event was raising money for Nottinghamshire creatives affected by coronavirus.

Organiser Tricia Gardiner said we “are dedicating this festival to our key workers and sending them a  message of love and thanks from all of Notts. We’d love to hear from organisations who would like to donate a special treat, gift or experience to say thanks to our frontline heroes who are working every day to keep us safe. Whether they’re nurses, carers, cleaners, bin men, shelf-stackers or teachers…we dedicate our festival to them.”

The event will feature 150 hours of music, film, dance, comedy, theatre, poetry, food, art and design, fashion and family focused activities. As well as performances, there’ll be question-and-answer sessions with Nottinghamshire culture’s leading lights plus interactive workshops.

Nottstopping will be hosted by local comedy act, Mrs Green. More of the artists performing will be announced every week.

Hockley Hustle director and Nottstopping organiser Ben Welch said: “this festival is a vital opportunity to bring together Nottinghamshire’s incredible cultural organisations and individuals to stage a weekend of positive, uplifting brilliance for thousands of people across the city and county in a time of unprecedented uncertainty and separation.”

The festival’s mostly being funded by Nottingham City Council, Creative Quarter, Nottingham BID, Marketing NG and Nottingham Culture Board. There’s also support from Inspire, One Nottingham and the Confetti Media Group.


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