Get ready to party late into the night... at city museums
MUSEUMS and art galleries across the city could come alive with a "party atmosphere" during the night at a special weekend of events.
Museums at Night would involve a host of activities taking place at arts venues across the city, including Nottingham Castle, Nottingham Contemporary, the Galleries of Justice, the Playhouse, Broadway Lace Market Theatre and others.
It is part of a national scheme supported by the Arts Council.
When a similar event was held in London last year, entertainment guide Time Out said it brought a party atmosphere to the capital's museums.
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Nottingham City Council is applying for £48,000 of Lottery funding to run the weekend in May in 2014 and 2015.
It is not clear what sort of events would take place in Nottingham. But elsewhere in the country, twilight screenings, midnight murder mysteries and all-night sleepovers have been held at museums and galleries.
Councillor Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for leisure, culture and tourism, said: "It will be a very different to during the day – there will be special things happening.
"It's about bringing families into the city on Friday and Saturday nights and giving the city a different feel to it."
Many galleries and museums already open on Light Night, when light installations brighten up the city on one evening a year.
The city council believes 25,000 people headed into the city for Light Night – boosting the local economy by about £100,000.
It says that Museums at Night could further develop the night-time economy.
Mr Trimble said the authority hoped to focus the event on Nottingham Castle to promote the planned redevelopment of the venue.
"It's a great opportunity," he said.
"We've been trying to get support from organisations and different people. This is an opportunity to highlight the bid and help us be successful."
The council is awaiting the outcome of its bid for £15 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which it needs towards a £26 million redevelopment of the castle museum and art gallery.
Plans include a gallery devoted to Robin Hood and the history of Nottingham, bringing the caves underneath the castle back into use and creating a new visitor centre and cafe.
If the bid is successful, lottery cash will pay for a co-ordinator who will have a pot of money to contribute to new activities and marketing.
The council says that venues taking part in Museums at Night would be expected to pay for any costs they incurred over the weekend. The council would contribute £1,000 over two years.