Special Events

Each year in November, Nottingham Lakeside Arts is delighted to host Lustre – a high profile fair that celebrates the very best of contemporary craft and is regarded as one of the leading selling event in the East Midlands. During this special weekend at Nottingham Lakeside Arts you will find over 65 of the country’s finest contemporary craft makers selling everything from fine jewellery, bags and hats to ceramics, glass and tableware.  Each maker has been specially selected by an independent panel for the quality and uniqueness of their craft and will be on hand to talk to you about the ideas and techniques behind their work.

Each year you will find first-time exhibitors as well as some returning favourites, so there is always something new to discover.  Not to be missed is our Young Meteors gallery, showcasing some of the most cutting-edge work produced by recent graduates from across the UK.

Save the date! Lustre 2016 will be taking place 12 - 13 November.

Image: Hughes and Templin


Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year (or Spring Festival) is the most widely celebrated event in the Asian calendar. In 2016, we welcomed the year of the monkey with two artists-in-residence travelling from China to join us at Lakeside. Jiang Hongsheng (Jack), an artist and teacher in traditional Chinese brush painting and calligraphy, and Rong Tao, a choreographer and dance artist, delivered workshops and masterclasses within the community and in local schools and colleges. The festival culminated in public celebration with our much-anticipated firework finale over the lake in Highfields Park. 

Chinese New Year


Our eagerly awaited festival of theatre and dance for children is the place to be over the May half term holiday. With high quality shows in the theatre, a brand new, never seen before Luminarium and our ever-popular Free Family Weekend in the park, you can rest assured that you and the little ones will be entertained and amazed. We know you'll love the truly international performances we have for you!

Take a look at what happened in 2016: 2016 Wheee! events.


Tri-Campus Arts

Nottingham Lakeside Arts was the catalyst for a first project which brings together talented students from our campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia in a unique ten-day arts programme.

Working on an intensive schedule of theatre and music workshops, masterclasses and rehearsals, the groups shared performance platforms in the Djanogly Theatre, Djanogly Recital Hall, the Bridgwater Amphitheatre and at Nottingham’s Albert Hall. Some were free events and all performances are open to everyone. Download the flyer to find out more about the inaugural event. In 2016 Tri-Campus Arts is taking place at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.

Tri-Campus Art