What’s on in Northampton?
Northampton Comic Con
When: Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th September 2017
Where: Northants Cricket The County Ground in Northampton
A huge event for the town of Northampton, NCC is back and bigger than ever this year for its third iteration. Of course, no ‘con’ is worth its salt without a host of actors from film and TV, comic book artists, props, and guest talks. If you’re a Cosplayer, you’re of course welcome to attend in your finest outfit, and even try your chances in the Cosplay contest! The great thing about NCC is the size – large enough to keep revellers entertained, small enough to not becoming overwhelming like some of the larger expos. It’s a fantastic day or weekend out for the very dedicated con-goers, and casual fans alike.
Alderton Art Festival
When: Saturday 2nd September – Sunday 3rd September 2017
Where: St Margarets Church in Alderton
Just south of Northampton town is the charming and historic village of Alderton, home to the highly-acclaimed Alderton Art Festival held at St Margaret’s Church, now in its 41st year. Home to some 200-odd pictures painted by local artists, with many more unframed prints available. Just £1 entry (with free parking) gets you in, as you peruse the local art, take in some local entertainment, snag a few second hand books or sample some home-made delicacies. Northamptonshire is home to some serious artistic talent, and the Alderton Art Festival brings the Northamptonshire community together to celebrate art in all its forms – and, arguably some of the best baked goods in the country!
UFO: A Conspiracy of Stars
When: Saturday 16th September 2017
Where: The Roadmender, Northampton
If comics aren’t your thing, but you still want to get ‘cosmic’, then perhaps seeing one of Britain’s best-loved rock bands celebrate their latest album release will make for an unforgettable evening. The band, now in their 45th year, bring the very best of British New Wave of Heavy Metal right into 2017, with a twist of 1970s rock and roll to boot. The Roadmender is the perfect venue to revisit one of the UK’s most celebrated rock and roll bands, with an intimate size but with a stadium feel. £22.50 gets you in the door and an unforgettable night covering four decades of rock from an iconic British band.
In Conversation With Jasmina Cibic & Topical Devices Exhibition
When: Friday 15th September 2017
Where: NN Contemporary Art
Contemporary artist Jasmina Cibic is holding a talk all about her current exhibition hosted at NN Contemporary Art Northampton, covering the nuances and moments of her current practice. Several factors come to play with her striking exhibition: firstly, the prominence of female figures – whether mute, dancing, used as decoration, and secondly, Cibic’s use of fragmentation to playfully dissect the idea of art as a ‘whole’ and a ‘part’. Her work is always context specific, so it is an exhibition, and talk, that anyone with the slightest interest in art will find mesmerising and unforgettable.