Part of Nottingham European Arts and Theatre Festival 2016

SHAKE IT UP EUROPE is a new theatre festival for Nottingham, bringing international and internationally influenced artists to the city to share their work in fresh and exciting ways as part of Nottingham European Arts and Theatre Festival.

We’re thrilled to have such a bursting programme full of regional premieres and thrilling performances to get your blood pumping as well as inspiring ways to get involved, putting you at the heart of the action. SHAKE IT UP EUROPE is about Seeing Theatre Differently and we’re sure you’ll find something that fires you up across our programme, whether watching, questioning or taking part!

So experience the unexpected, unfinished and fresh in NEAT & unTidy, ask the questions and question the answers in New Beginnings (our Symposium for 2016) and party like never before in FIESTA: a week of premières from artists pushing the boundaries!


neat16, like its previous incarnations, is a unique event which unites Nottingham’s cultural providers in a collaborative programme of world class theatre, dance, literature, digital work, film, music, spoken word, exhibitions and talks.

Building on the success of neat14, neat16 will celebrate the quality of the city’s diverse cultural offer and showcases the partners’ shared ambitions, as well as established international artists.

neat16 will identify & support new partnerships and talents, placing a thematic focus on literature and storytelling in order to capitalise on Nottingham’s international creative significance and the successful bid for UNESCO City of Literature.

neat is a biennial festival which promotes Nottingham as an innovative, creative, European city where artistic collaboration and development is encouraged and promoted.

The festival will take place between 17 May – 12 June 2016 across a number of venues in Nottingham.