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What's Hot in Notts

September 7, 2013


Asian arts arrive MELA 100, which starts this weekend, will bring the sights, sounds, tastes and spectacle of South Asian and world culture to five major venues in Nottingham - with music, dance, visual arts, street entertainment, food and crafts. The event, organised by the New Art Exchange and the Nottingham Asian Arts Council, will also include a major look at 100 years of Bollywood cinema, with special screenings of classic films. Details at

Scottish style THE Scots are at the forefront of one of the biggest trends. Weekend goes in search of all things tartan. See page 9.

For great bakers THE sale of baking equipment has soared since the Great British Bake Off returned to our TV screens. Weekend selects some great kitchenware for every budding Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. See pages 14&15.

Harry proves that laughing matters FANCY a laugh? Well some of the country's biggest comedians touch down in Nottingham on Friday and, even better, it's all for a good cause. Laughing Matters at the Royal Concert Hall will be headlined by TV Burp star Harry Hill, with other guests including Canadian Tony Law, Paul Foot and the Magic Circle's Piff the Magic Dragon. It's in aid of local charity Laughing Matters which holds courses for people in Nottingham who suffer from a lack of self-confidence, self-worth or are outside mainstream society.

The show is at 7.30pm on Friday, September 13. Tickets are Pounds 15 to Pounds 24 and can be purchased by calling 0115 989 5555, in person at the Royal Concert Hall box office or at

Jeanie pulls off a great Hip Hop Hoax THE Great Hip Hop Hoax opens in cinemas this weekend and it's by none other than Nottingham filmmaker, Jeanie Finlay. It's a documentary about two Scottish rappers who, a decade ago, briefly fooled the music industry they were from the USA and then partied like rock stars until, inevitably, it all unravelled.

Commissioned by the BBC, the film looks set to become the biggest yet for Jeanie, who's gaining a reputation as a top documentary maker. Jeanie's last film, 2011's Sound It Out, told the story of Teeside's last independent music shop and gained wide acclaim. Other films include Goth Cruise (2008), a stereotypes-breaking look at goth culture in the US and the UK.

The Great Hip Hop Hoax is out now. It's screening at the Broadway Cinema; visit or call 0115 952 6611 for details.

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