Thousands came out to Old Market Square, Nottingham over the weekend (13th & 14th September) to experience and enjoy the first presentation of Night of Festivals Touring.

The weekend kicked off to a great start with ACDarts opening the Festival with a Gumboot Dance Workshop attended by sixty children.  Mesmerising performances from Sura Susso (Gambian kora player) and Rachael Young (theatre maker) were followed by the word twisting, musical improvisation and quality poetry of Tongue Fu, with guests Aly Stoneman and Sureshot. Stephen Jon premiered his magical new theatre piece for children, The Maid of Mariposa.

On Saturday the City Arts Dome was filled with the sounds of a capella trio Voice as well as Sandeep Raval’s drumming workshop.  The Freedom Square textile installation provided a great backdrop to the presentations in the Performance Dome, with local participant contributions adding an important dimension. As Night of Festivals  continues on the road, Freedom Square will grow and will have shared many more peoples’  ideas of what freedom means by the end of the  last stop on the tour in August next year!

Paraiso Samba provided vibrant, spectacular and colourful highlights throughout both days whilst Mandinga Art’s finale in the Square rounded off the weekend with the extraordinary Animal Farm and Day of the Dead carnival costumes.

Don’t miss the next showing in Boston on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October!