"Nottingham is one of the places to be right now"

"Nottingham is a city filled with great art, fantastic writers and amazing film."

The Guardian 2015 





City of culture

Nottingham is enriched with a flourishing arts scene, including visual arts, music, theatre, cinema, literature and entertainment. People of all ages, interests and backgrounds are all well-catered for and encouraged to discover what Nottingham culture has to offer.

In a city which embraces all things cultural, budding performers, filmmakers, artists, writers, poets and musicians will also find a wealth of opportunities to get involved in. 

Nottingham has recieved the status UNESCO City of Literature. As a City of Literature, Nottingham delivers programmes of activities that promote literary heritage and contemporary creativity and encourages students to partcipate.


There are a variety of art galleries in Nottingham. These include:

Nottingham Contemporary
At the forefront of Nottingham's thriving art scene, the Nottingham Contemporary is one of the largest contemporary arts centres in the UK.

New Art Exchange
Nottingham's fist dedicated cultural facility for African, African Caribbean and South Asian contemporary art. 

The Djanogly Art Gallery 
Located at Lakeside Arts Centre on University Park Campus. Exhibitions range from major historical shows to contemporary installations.

Image of a signpost pointing to Weston Gallery and Djanogly Theatre  

 I am proud of the increased investments in the arts in Nottingham over the past three years, with the opening of the Nottingham Contemporary. I have been thrilled to see the city gain a place on the cultural map, nationally and internationally.

Victoria Urquhart, BA English and Art History



There are a number of professional theatres in Nottingham which cater for a variety of tastes and audiences. 

Nottingham Playhouse
The place to go to find cutting-edge theatre, dance and comedy productions and a lot more besides.

The Royal Centre
Home to The Royal Concert Hall and the Theatre Royal.  Here you'll find well-known music and comedy artists and touring musical, opera and dramatic productions.

Nottingham Arts Theatre and the Lace Market Theatre
Nottingham's independent amateur dramatics venues.

Lakeside Arts Centre
The University's very own arts complex. It hosts and produces a variety of performances, exhibitions and workshops.

If you like your theatre al fresco, every summer there is a season of outdoor performance set in the stunning surrounds of Nottingham Castle and Newstead Abbey


Students at Broadway Cinema 



The movie buffs among you will never be at a loss in Nottingham. The city has many cinemas where you’ll find films suited to all types of filmgoer:

  • the Broadway Media Centre offers independent and world-cinema and boasts an auditorium designed by Nottingham's very own Paul Smith
  • Cineworld and Showcase are Nottingham's two muliplex cinemas
  • the independent Savoy cinema, situated in Lenton, is very popular with students

I love the Savoy Cinema! I can’t think of anywhere else you can watch a good movie for just £3.80 (with a student card of course). It’s relatively close to campus as well.

Ibtisam Ahmed, BA in History and Politics 



There are opportunities aplenty for avid readers and fledgling and professional authors, screenwriters, poets and playwrights in Nottingham.  There are writers groups and forums and a range of courses leading to qualifications or simply just for fun.

  • Nottingham Writers' Studio provides the perfect venue to hone your craft
  • Nottingham's culture magazine, Left Lion, features a literature and creative writing section
  • Lowdham Book Festival hosts talks and performances from writers, poets, storytellers and musicians and is home to the largest book fair in the country






Popular music

From stadium rockers to small indie bands, Nottingham has a venue to accommodate any type of artist and any size of audience. 

"Nottingham is heaving with events covering all genres of music. For more intimate gigs head to Bodega Social Club or The Glee Club... plan to hit the Capital FM Arena or the Rescue Rooms for bigger artists."

Harriet Goodwin, BA Art History

For more information about popular music venues in Nottingham, see the 'Live music' section on the Nights out page. 

Classical music

If your musical tastes are more suited to classical concerts and operatic arias then Nottingham has a number of venues specifically suited for these events:

Founded in 1974, the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra also plays five concerts a year in venues across Nottinghamshire.

Image of the outside of the music venue Rock City

Nottingham's Rock City


Image of a man playing a grand piano, and another man playing the violin

Nottingham's classical music scene 



In addition to the top comedy names who regularly appear at Nottingham Playhouse, the Royal Concert Hall, Capital FM Arena and Lakeside, every weekend Nottingham is awash with the sound of laughter thanks to these comedy venues:

To find out more about culture in Nottingham, see our City Guide




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