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DIA DE MUERTOS (Nottingham Contemporary, 2nd November 2013)

In Uncategorized on November 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm

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It was probably about three months ago when 2013’s Hello Gore was proposed as going ahead. Nick from Hello Thor has been manning the Nottingham settlement after his colleagues relocated to other towns. We were keen to get involved somehow and offered to help fill the organisational gap and create the ‘Hello Gore Committee’ including Hello Thor, Kneel Before Zod, Joey Chickenskin and Martha Glazzard of Hand Cuts Hand.

Nick’s first idea was for it to be ‘Day of the Dead’ themed.

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Cut to last Saturday and we have 500 people spilling into Nottingham Contemporary Cafe Bar and The Space while one room watches White Finger climb the amps dressed as mummies and the other Salsa dance just after watching a screening of ‘Santo Vs The She Wolves’ surrounded by skeletons, gravestones, altars and projections. The space between the rooms was filled with strangers face painting each other, and artists sketching the punters.

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How we got there was down to the following people:

MARTHA GLAZZARD of Hand Cuts Hand took the reins at an early stage and became the beating heart of the committee. As well as organising artists, installations and marketing design, she also created incredible decoration pieces and established a real aesthetic.

NICK LAWFORD of Hello Thor, the catalyst for this entire thing, and JOEY CHICKENSKIN organised the venue, the bands, the sound, funding, sponsorship and promotion. Without them, this would never have happened.

KATE WEBBORN and MATT COOPER of FourbeatWalk created the biggest gravestone we could, just about, squeeze into a car, while also created amazing decorations, organised creative workshops in the build up to the event, and became the driving force behind the free face painting on the night.

KAY HUNT of Jumpers For Goalposts organised the incredible warm up event in October while also arranged and created the greatest looking gravestones and sugar skulls to occupy The Space.

We at Zod organised the projections, assisted in the bands and organised DJs on the night, as well as photographically documented the whole thing. (If felt rather masturbatory writing that last sentence. Let’s move on…)

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We also have to thank:

PAT CANNON and LUCY HAMLIN at Nottingham Contemporary for their incredible hospitality and acceptance and encourage of our proposals. The venue was the perfect home for the night and we can’t wait to come back… if they’ll have us.

ALFONSO YUKKAH and PACO CARRASCO at The Nottingham Mexican Society. Early in the process, I worried that our bastardised version of El Dia De Muertos would be tame and borderline offensive. With that in mind, I contacted the society with our ideas and they embraced it with open arms, minds and endless enthusiasm. It’s been great to work with them and have them involved. I can honestly say, they are the ones who brought the energy and atmosphere. Thanks also to Alfonso for DJing.

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I can’t keep typing like this so, finally, thanks to:
THE MEXICAN CULTURAL CENTRE (Specifically Eduardo Estala Rojas)
MATTHEW ROBERTSON
JENNA ROUSE
LARRY CRYWATER
NOTTINGHAM CITY COUNCIL
BARBURRITO
JIM BROUWER AND JON CHAMBERS AT NOTTINGHAM CONTEMPORARY (For making everything work on the night)
NATHAN ROSE FROM NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE
THE BANDS (Moscow Youth Cult, White Finger, I Am Lono, Paco Carrasco, Soft Arrows, Nordenfelt and Jose Unidos)
THE ARTISTS (Jose Santos, Matthew K Grundy, Tessa Acti, Natalie Edwards, Alex Hale, Dan Toporowski, Theresa Wrigley)
THE VOLUNTEERS (Paige Hartley, Millie Lewis, Laura Bennetts, Tara Hill, Belen Cerezo)
THE ATTENDEES (I’m not naming them all.)

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It would be crass of me to say that it possibly the greatest party Nottingham’s ever seen. But it probably was.

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