Nottingham will draw on its heritage of rebellion, social justice and innovation in its bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023.
The theme of Nottingham 2023’s bid, ‘Breaking the Frame’, was revealed today, setting out how the city will use its Robin Hood spirit to empower people to take culture back into their own hands.
The bid title is inspired by the ‘frame-breakers’ of the Luddite rebellion which originated in Nottingham, then the global centre of the Lace-making industry, in 1811. Though the common misconception of the Luddites is that they were anti-progress and anti-technology, in fact they were an organised labour movement, comprised of skilled craftsmen, supported by Lord Byron and inspired by the social justice of Robin Hood. Wanting fairness, they challenged how technology was being used and for whose advantage.
Nottingham 2023: Breaking the Frame will be the city’s latest experiment in radical cultural democracy. It will challenge how and where culture is made, what it means, who it is made for and who can make it.
Under two flagship programmes, Everyone is an Artist and Art Can Change the World, citizens of Nottingham and Europe will be invited to discover their own creativity and use it to address the challenges of the 21st century together. A series of Everyone is an Artist Cultural Hubs in housing estates, schools, and community centres will invite people to work with European artists, while Art Can Change the World will be linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals through a partnership with the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab.
Artistic highlights of the programme will include:
The University of Nottingham is proud to be backing the bid for Nottingham to become European Capital of Culture along with a number of leading artists, actors, authors, musicians and theatre makers, organisations, representatives of Nottingham’s thriving music scene, sports clubs, businesses and residents.
Since Nottingham’s competition entry was announced in August, almost 5,500 people have pledged their support through the website and events.
The decision on which bidders have made it through to the next stage is expected to be announced in the new year.
Find out more by visiting www.Nottingham2023.com or searching for #Nottingham2023 on social media.
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