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This year’s Gedling Borough Arts Festival to be bigger and better than ever


The renowned Gedling Borough Arts Festival returns to the area on July 16- 21.

The event takes place across several venues in Gedling and will be a showcase of local art, music, dance, film, open air theatre and literature.

This year’s Arts Festival, organised by local community groups with the support of Gedling Borough Council, is the biggest event so far and offers several writing, art and craft workshops and shows for adults and children.

Festival goers can take part in a number of arts and crafts sessions including creative writing, photography, painting, singing and acting with sessions led by professional writers, artists and makers.

There’s something for adults and children to enjoy including a screening of The Beatles Yellow Submarine at The Bonington, a poetry evening with Joy James, Andy Szpuk and Joy Rice and crime writing with Stephen Booth.

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The festival will culminate with the Festival Tribute Show at the Bonington Theatre on Saturday, July 21.

The festival is expanding to more towns than ever, taking place across the borough at venues in Arnold, Mapperley, Calverton, Netherfield and Carlton.


Highlights of this year’s festival include:

  • Monday, July 16 – Poetry evening with Joy James, Andy Szpuk and Joy Rice at Gedling Methodist Church
  • Tuesday, July 17 –  Recycled play sculpture craft session at Arnot hill park
  • Wednesday, July 18 – Stephen Booth crime writing at the Bonington Theatre
  • Wednesday, July 18 – Carlton Male Voice Choir and Netherfield Bank Community Choir at the Richard Herrod Centre
  • Thursday, July 19 – Film Screening of The Beatles “Yellow Submarine” at the Bonington Theatre
  • Friday, July 20 – Talent contest at Arnold Methodist Church
  • Saturday, July 21 – Children’s creative writing awards presentation at Arnold Methodist Church

Leader of the Council, Cllr John Clarke said: “The Gedling Arts Festival just keeps going from strength to strength. The lineup this year is fantastic and really does have something for everyone to enjoy.

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It’s incredible to see how big the event has become and I encourage all our residents to come and enjoy another brilliant arts festival.”

Festival creative director, Julie Malone said: “This year’s event is even bigger than previous years and we’re expanding even further into the borough to give more people an opportunity to get involved with the festival.”

You can download the full brochure here:


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