Our top Confetti moments of 2017…it’s been pretty special

Tuesday December 19, 2017

After another fantastic year in the Creative Quarter let’s have a look at our favourite moments from the previous 12 months. Read on to find out why this year was our best yet; from a record number of students at Nottingham’s biggest outdoor festival to the first Degree Showcase held at our TV & Film hub Space2.

1. Another Great Industry Week

Industry Week 2017 Nick Broomfield

We welcomed over 70 guests from across film, TV, music and games for Industry Week 2017. These included Emmerdale favourites Roxy Shahidi & Sammy Winward, a masterclass from the world-renowned Director of Photography Philip Bloom, Playstation Access Channel Manager and Industry Week favourite Hollie Bennett and legendary documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield.

Our closing party was headlined by famous AV producer DJ Yoda after he finished his lecture in Space2. We can’t wait for Industry Week 2018!

Read our Industry Week highlights.

2. The First Degree Showcase at Space2

We welcomed family, friends and industry professionals to our dedicated TV & Film hub – Space2 – to watch, listen, test and play the fantastic work of this year’s graduating degree students.

From games designers and TV and filmmakers, to music producers and sound engineers – our students didn’t disappoint and our VIPs we’re highly impressed, including our TV & Film ambassador Vicky McClure and the Sheriff of Nottingham!

Read our Degree Showcase review.

Confetti Degree Showcase

3. Breaking Records at Splendour Festival

splendour festival billy ocean 2017

Last year’s record-breaking numbers in terms of student engagement were smashed again at Nottingham’s biggest outdoor festival – Splendour! This year we had over 120 students from across both college and degree courses working in over 209 different roles – our most ever! Many of you worked hard both in the days leading up to the festival and throughout the day to make sure stages were set and some of the world’s biggest names in music were ready to perform.

Splendour celebrated its tenth year with amazing performances from Kaiser Chiefs, Busted and Billy Ocean amongst many others.

Read our festival round-up.

4. The Student Christmas Party

Earlier in December, our Level 3 Technical Events students ran a fantastic Christmas Party at Rescue Rooms which was the perfect end of the calendar year.

The night was full of awesome music from legendary DJ producer DJ Fever to former Confetti band Super Furniture – all supported by our amazing student performers. With the additions of our student DJs, unlimited free burritos and game console battles, the event was a huge success.

Relive the Christmas party.

christmas party 2017

5. Taking over Hockley for Celebrate

Celebrate 2017

When our college students hosted an exhibition to celebrate their amazing work around the local area. Many of you went offsite to display work at Broadway Cinema, The National Videogame Arcade and Rough Trade. 

The event was a fantastic day for our students as they prepared for higher education or the world of employment!

6. Becoming University of the Year

When our partners Nottingham Trent University became University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2017. These prestigious annual awards celebrate the outstanding contributions and achievements of UK universities.

As a degree student at Confetti, you’re now studying at an institution recognised for its exceptional teaching, research, student support, entrepreneurship, collaborations and outreach.

Find out more.

NTU Student Union

7. Winning big at the Young Creative Awards

Nottingham Young Creative Awards

A record number of our creatives submitted their work to meet this year’s theme of ‘Nottingham, Future City’ which gave young people the platform to show everyone where they think Nottingham should be heading, in a creative way.

For the second year in a row, Confetti students dominated the Animation & Media category walking away with four awards. Our former student Davon Walker won in the Music category, and our students’ work was also highly commended in the FilmPhotography and Visual Arts categories.

Find out more.

8. The start of Confetti Live

In February we took over The Bodega to host the very first Confetti Live. Alternative rock band Babe Punch headlined the event with support from our FE & HE Music Performance students.

That successful night has grown into a regular event which has seen 35 acts perform across 6 events in Nottingham. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for next year’s set of events and if you haven’t been to one yet, make it your new year’s resolution!

Find out more.

Confetti Live - Black Cats & Magpies

9. The Cave Discovery

cave inside

When builders excavated land for our new £9.1m Digital Media Hub, they uncovered a network of caves that completely changed Nottingham’s history from the medieval period right through to the 19th century.

This area of the city centre has never been archaeologically excavated and has provided important new information about what was happening immediately outside the town up to 700 years ago.

Check out some images from the caves.

10. TV & Film student Ellie's award-winning documentary

Level 3 TV & Film student Ellie produced an amazing documentary that highlighted the important work taking place on the cardiac unit at Glenfield Hospital.

Not only did she receive attention from the BBC but also recognised at the Nottingham Post Heroes awards as she was chosen winner in the Bright Young Things category.

Watch the documentary.

After such a great year we can look forward to creating new memories and exciting moments in the new year.

Want to be part of Confetti in 2018? Apply for a college or degree course now! You can request a prospectus and if you want to explore our facilities, book a place on our next open day.