Summer Solstice Celebrations at Nottingham Contemporary

A young woman taking a selfie on her mobile phone with Hamid Zanéti's colourful patterned paintings on fabric behind her.
Image: Lamar Francois

Nottingham Contemporary opens its doors to new and existing audiences, partners, collaborators and friends for Summer Solstice celebrations, a day filled with free cutting-edge showcases and activities overtaking the entire building. All the events are free and open for you to walk up and attend.

We can't wait to celebrate the Summer Solstice with you all. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary day of art, music, and community. Our exhibitions are open all day too.

Event Highlights:

The Robin Hood Youth Orchestra

11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Location: The Space

Immerse yourself in the enchanting melodies of the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra. This open rehearsal will fill The Space with harmonious notes, celebrating the spirit of community and creativity.

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Kazna Asker: What are we Fighting For? Performative Fashion Show

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Location: The Space

Step into a world of storytelling, heritage and culture at the Kazna Asker Performative Fashion Show. Experience a fusion of henna art, chai, and zines while models strut down the runway. This unique presentation promises to be a feast for the senses.

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WANAWAL Live Archiving Event

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Location: The Space

Speaking to themes of self-determination and creative freedom within Hamid Zénati’s exhibition, and practices of collecting and archiving explored in Claudia Martínez Garay’s exhibition, curator Êvar Hussayni will present ephemera from the WANAWAL (The West Asian and North African Women’s Art Library) and invite visitors to join a live archiving event where we will collectively create an archive box of Kazna Asker’s performative fashion show, What Are We Fighting For?

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Dance Around the World in 60 Minutes

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm -Location: The Space

Come and celebrate the solstice and Refugee Week with us in this dance workshop with music from around the world. The session is led by Colombian dancer, Monica Gracia in partnership with Refugee Roots. No previous dance experience required, just come and enjoy the music and movement.

Blend Coffee Shop

All Day - Location: Blend Coffee Shop

Relax and recharge at Blend Coffee Shop. Indulge in a mouthwatering BBQ while enjoying a curated Spotify playlist by Kazna’s brother. It’s the perfect spot to mingle, discuss art, and soak in the Summer Solstice vibes.


Find information about getting here and our building access and facilities by clicking here.

This event will take place across our building.

If you have any questions around access or have specific access requirements we can accommodate, please get in touch with us by emailing or phoning 0115 948 9750.

Our contributors to the Summer Solstice Day are:

Kazna Asker
The Robin Hood Youth Orchestra
Blend at Contemporary

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