This week’s new events

Light Night | Fantastic Man | Jewish Book Week | Out & about

Light Night, Nottingham

Nottingham’s after-dark festival returns, with many of this year’s events commemorating the centenary of the first world war in creative ways. The walls of Nottingham Castle will light up with Echoes – After Dark, Andy McKeown’s son-et-lumière piece made using local WWI-era archive material. Alongside indoor exhibitions and entertainment across the city centre, there’s plenty to keep you moving outdoors, with myriad illuminated installations to discover as well as the Secret Cave tour.

Various venues, Fri


Fantastic Man, London

It may sound like the story of a superhero going solo, but Fantastic Man tells the tale of William Onyeabor, an enigmatic artist who in the 70s created Nigerian synth-funk (which garnered fans such as Damon Albarn) before becoming a devout Christian and turning his back on music. After a five-year quest, David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label put out a retrospective release last year and that led to the making of this Searching For Sugar Man-style documentary, which premieres on Monday. After the film there’s a Q&A hosted by Lauren Laverne and a DJ set from celeb fan Elijah Wood.

Barbican, EC2, Mon, apply for tickets at


Jewish Book Week, London

From ancient scriptures to online forums, writing is integral to Jewish culture. This evocative literature fest runs the gamut from Rabbi Jonathan Magonet interpreting the Bible to Professor Josh Cohen and churchman Giles Fraser dissecting privacy in a digital age. Elsewhere, there’s Jocelyn Pook’s new classical work (inspired by the art of concentration camp children); photographer William Klein schmoozing with Alan Yentob; film buff Olga Gershenson on Soviet Holocaust cinema; and Smoked Salmon Kings, a look at London and New York’s longest-running bagel delis.

Kings Place, N1, Sat to 2 Mar


Out & about

Out Of The Blue Flea Market, Edinburgh, Sat

Titbits, trinkets and tat await at the monthly thrift-driven fiesta.

Drill Hall

Group Therapy, Manchester, Sat

The Mancunian comedy night for comedy heads welcomes Canadian mirth factory Tony Law.


Fairytale Trail, Nr Morpeth, Sat & Sun

Kids can explore the world of the Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks And The Three Bears in the grounds of this medieval castle.

Belsay Castle

The Yorkshire Brick Show, Wakefield, Sat & Sun

Lego fans from God’s Own County descend on Wakefield for a weekend of brick appreciation.

National Coal Mining Museum

Scots Herring Girls, Aberdeen, Tue

Dr Jill de Fresnes gives a free talk about the itinerant workers who followed the herring fishing fleet.

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