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CAPTIVATE's Arts Education Conference  Friday 8th March 2024


Join us for our Arts Education Conference on Friday 8th March 2024 at Kirkby Leisure Centre. Aimed at teachers from Primary, Secondary, artists and cultural partners looking for inspirational ideas for arts based learning & cultural experiences. Find out more about great arts projects in and out of schools, engage in youth-led projects and take the time to explore our wellbeing zone.

Share best practices, learn from cultural educators, and explore new ways for the children you work with to experience and engage with culture and arts. Morning and afternoon event including leading industry speakers from national organisations:

  • Charley Genever- Poet, Creative Producer & Supporter of youth led projects
  • Alice Littlehailes- 30 yrs experience as a Primary Head & Advisor, Consultant and Advocate for Teaching for Creativity
  • Nottingham Trent University


  • A recap of newest arts-based projects
  • DJ and hip hop dance performance
  • Takeover zone with youth-led creative arts projects
  • CPD opportunity to learn about arts-based approaches in education

Book onto our afternoon workshops

Wellbeing zone – time management and professional wellbeing support

Creative & Inspirational zone – including Dragon’s Breath Theatre & Noise Academy

(Check back soon for workshop booking information)

DepARTment Festival

Saturday 9th March 2024 | 11am – 4pm
Former Debenhams Store, Four Seasons Shopping Centre, Mansfield Town Centre 

Don’t miss our FREE creative arts festival celebrating the incredible young volunteers from the Takeover programme! 

DepARTment Festival is landing on 9th March in Four Seasons Shopping Centre for a one-of-a-kind festival experience! We're transforming the old Debenhams store into a vibrant creative arts hub for the day, all organised and produced by young people aged between 16-24 from Mansfield and Ashfield.

Captivate and our partners at Nonsuch, First Art, New Art Exchange, Arts Council England and Inspire Youth Arts have worked with over 200 young volunteers from local schools and colleges to help teach and develop new skills in the creative arts industries. Our end-of-project festival will showcase their achievements! Featuring family-friendly fun and activities all day, including youth-led themed zones and workshops: 

  • Circus - screen printing, balloon making and family activities
  • Puppetry
  • Installations
  • Photography
  • Pirates
  • Music – stage, DJ and songwriter
  • Family Rave and Disco

Madama Butterfly by Ukrainian National Opera

Thursday 2 March 2024

Mansfield Palace Theatre

One of the most colourful & exotic operas with music by G. Puccini. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. 


Kinky Boots

Friday 8 March - Sunday 10 March 2024 

Mansfield Palace Theatre Leeming Street

Kinky Boots is a vibrant and uplifting musical that tells the story of Charlie Price, a struggling shoe factory owner in Northampton, England.

Dinosaur Adventure Live

Friday 12 April 2024

Mansfield Palace Theatre

An enchanting and realistic world of dinosaurs across an hour-long show.


The Importance of Being Earnest

Thursday 30 May 2024

Mansfield Palace Theatre

A farcical comedy that mocks the culture and manners of Victorian society.


OneFest 2024


Friday 12 July 2024 | 11am - 4pm

Mansfield Market Place Leeming Street, Mansfield 

OneFest 2024 is all about change. OneFest is a week-long arts and culture festival held across Mansfield and Ashfield that has the primary aim of smashing the stigma and segregation learning disabled.

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