Would you like to learn how to sew? Beth Frost has a sewing workshop coming up on July 7th 2018. It is aimed at complete beginners, you will learn how to use your machine (thread it, maintain it, clean it), sew a seam, hem, appliqué. Then after lunch (included) you will make your own zipped make up bag AND a cushion to take home. All this in a garden setting, cream tea lunch, homemade cake, refreshments and a gift. £60 all inclusive. All materials included, just bring your machine. Saturday 7th July, 10.30-3.30 in Rochester.
Much Laughter specialises in Charity Comedy Nights, running monthly gigs to raise money for local charities and non-profit organisations.
With new talent cropping up all the time, they also run preview and work-in-progress shows. Much Laughter are on hand to arrange Charity Comedy Nights in Medway and surrounding areas to suit all budgets.
In the future, they are planning to open a stand-up workshop to help vulnerable children and young adults grow in confidence.
The 2018 Whitstable Biennale brings the most exciting experimental and emerging art to Whitstable, with live performances, film screenings, sound works, and the written word woven into the fabric of the town, with major new commissions, exhibitions and film premieres.
Art will be dotted around the town making new routes to explore for those who don’t know Whitstable, whilst creating radical and uncanny shifts within familiar spaces for those who do. From a Victorian Sea Scouts Hall to Whitstable’s only DVD/Comic shop, the biennale will take over curious buildings and unusual spaces. Artworks will be located on the streets, on the beach, and in the harbour – inside boat sheds and even on a mysterious spit of land only visible at low tide.
Taking its title from Booker-shortlisted novel Swimming Home by acclaimed writer Deborah Levy, many of the works in the Biennale are a response to the rhythms of the tide and a reflection on the ocean, exploring ideas of where home might be and thoughts of being at sea or in exile. Many of the works also touch on issues of identity and the movement and instability of languages, food, cargo and people. Deborah Levy, own inspiration was drawn from John Cheever’s book The Swimmer which was later made into a film starring Burt Lancaster, and Levy herself will create a new, limited-edition text for the biennale, which she shall read from and distribute to Biennale attendees.
Medway based photographer Tommy Reynolds is happy to announce that the James Dunn documentary ‘Life From A Different Angle’ premiere has been organised for Monday 14th May at 7pm at the Odeon Cinema in Chatham and ENTRY IS FREE when you register your tickets.
This short film will now serve as a legacy to James who sadly passed away this month and help raise money for the charity DEBRA who are the national charity who support sufferers who have epidermolysis bullosa. All donations made to get your ticket will directly them. Please donate as big or as little as you want and help fund pioneering research and find a cure for EB.
The film has been created by Medway based professional photographer Tommy Reynolds alongside cinematographer Michael Mowbray. Speaking about the film Tommy said “I’ve never been more proud of this film I’ve made alongside my friend Michael Mowbray and I really hope you can come along to be the first to watch this on the big screen and help support DEBRA. I’ve invited friends, family, local press and people from the charity to come along to help raise awareness for DEBRA and I hope you can come along too to this one time only event”.
Please arrive with enough time to grab some snacks and head into the cinema to promptly start at 7pm.
ArtyCat at Francis Iles is thrilled to be taking part in Yarn Shop Day again and will be holding a “Sit, Knit and Natter” at 104 High Street, Rochester, Kent so KEEP THE DATE FREE and come along and join in!
The theme this year is Premature Babies and they would love you to join in supporting the Oliver Fisher Premature Baby Unit at Medway Hospital. They will provide free knitting patterns for hats, booties and mittens so please come along and let them help you get underway. Adults of all ages and abilities welcome and you can always take your item home with you and continue it there if you don’t manage to finish it with us. You can just pop it back when you are finished and they will ensure that all the beautiful knitwear is delivered safely to Oliver Fisher Ward. Experts will be on hand, to help you and offer advice with any knitting queries you may have and they will also be holding a raffle to raise funds for the ward too.
There will be free-flowing tea and coffee, but why not help ArtyCat become more eco-friendly by bringing your favourite mug along – there will be additional biscuits for anyone that does!!
If there are any queries or if you are a Knitting Genius and would like to come along and offer your support and advice to others, please message via their Facebook page www.facebook.com/artycat104
ArtyCat look forward to welcoming you between 10am-4pm on Saturday 12th May 2018.
Paint The Town Festival is back for Season 4, running from 14 -18 March 2018. The theatre and arts festival produced by Lyrici Arts in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre’s Collaborative Touring Network, will once again focus on touring brilliant new works, championing local creatives and offering a bit of kindness to the people of Medway. See the full listing of events at www.lyriciarts.com
Highlights this season include the 5* sell-out, dark comedy, Ugly Chief by award winning performer Victoria Melody and her real-life dad, celebrity antiques expert Mike Melody (of ‘Dickenson’s Real Deal’ fame). The show explores when Mike was wrongly diagnosed with a terminal illness and how Victoria went about planning for the funeral he would have wanted. With video diaries and open declarations, the show is a snapshot into the relationship between a father and daughter who don’t always see eye-to-eye.
Paint The Town Festival is always looking for performances that challenge issues and support worthwhile campaigns, and programming Byron Vincent and Dave McGill’s Live Before You Die is no exception. Looking candidly at two friends who are more used to calling each other names than talking about depression, this brilliant touring show highlights men’s mental health and the necessity of breaking down the stigma around the subject.
The festival has loads for the little ones too! Sponge is the squishiest, squashiest show for babies and toddlers taking place during the week at Medway Adult Education. After working with the organisation and using it as the venue for their sell-out babies show Neverland, the festival producers were excited to bring another mesmerising children’s show to Rochester.
“We cannot wait for Season 4! Being able to not only programme brilliant touring shows and place them in local venues like Medway Adult Education and The Brook Theatre, but also to work with talented local creatives and create a platform for their work to be showcased is what makes every festival so very exciting. We have gone another step and made all the festival tickets £5.00 or less, so there really is nothing stopping everyone from engaging with the arts and joining in.”
Other events taking place during Paint The Town include; Festival of Festivals, a glamorous showcase by Chatham based dance school Dance Alley, Beacheda uniquely exclusive puppet show for only eight people at a time by StrangeFace Theatre Company, a children’s theatre workshop based on retaining the royal crown by Bindlestick Theatre Company and Shakespeare inspired crafts with Creative Champion of the Year winner Natasha Steer of Creatabot.
During the festival keep a look out in hidden spaces for eight beautifully hand-crafted flower bouquets by Clara A. Free to whoever finds them first, the bouquets are a gift from the festival team to the residents of Medway as a thank you for their support so far.
Paint the Town Festival: Season 4 runs from 14 – 18 March and tickets are on sale now. Event information, show trailers and ticket links can be found at www.lyriciarts.com
Show Schedule (please check website for full event listings):
Title: Ugly Chiefby Victoria Melody
Venue: The Brook Theatre, Chatham, ME4 4SE
Dates: Friday 16th March 2018 – 7.30pm
Title: Spongeby Big Imaginations and Turned on its Head
Venue: Medway Adult Education, Rochester Community Hub, ME1 1EW
Dates: Thursday 15th March – Saturday 17th March 2018 (multiple times)
Title: Festival of Festivals – A Dance Celebration by Dance Alley
Venue: The Brook Theatre, Chatham, ME4 4SE
Dates: Wednesday 14th March 2018 – 7pm
Title: Live Before You Die – by Byron Vincent and Dave McGinn
Venue: Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1LX
Supported and funded by Medway Council’s Arts Development Team in partnership with Look Kloser Performing Arts Company.
A day of creative workshops by some of Medway and Kent’s best practice arts led projects for health and wellbeing with and for the community.
22nd February 10am-4.15pm
Suitable for students 16+, graduates, artists, and those interested in the role of the arts for the health and wellbeing of the community. An opportunity to experience current arts led projects available in Medway and Kent.
When: 22nd February 2018, 10am-4.15pm
Where: Woodland Arts Centre, Woodlands Road, Gillingham, ME7 2DU
10-11- Natasha, Creatabot. Community focussed visual artist.
11.15-12.15 – Lance, Physical Folk. Using all art for all abilities, ages, cultures to share stories and skills.
2-3- Chris and Wendy, MESS ROOM. The MESS ROOM hosts artist led projects in partnership with local communities and beyond.
Ash dance studio
11.15-12.15- Laura, Look Kloser. A workshop exploring how to make performing arts inclusive and open to all.
The streets of Cheriton will once again be illuminated with all sorts of delights for the Sheraton Light Festival 2018. Wrap up warm and come and visit this amazing free event that takes over streets and building with interactive art for 2 evenings in February. The festival takes place on the 24th and 25th February between 6-9pm.
Talented SMFA students will be performing a range of concerts on the University of Kent (Medway) campus in the Galvanising Shop Performance Space at the Historic Dockyard Chatham over the coming months. All concerts are FREE and everyone is welcome.
Ensemble Concerts take place on Tuesdays – 13th February and 3rd April at 3pm.
Undergraduate lunchtime concerts run from 11am-2pm on Wednesdays: 21st and 28th March.