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On Culture: HighTide Festival comes to Walthamstow

Fantastic news for East Londoners who love progressive new writing and theatre – HighTide Festival is coming to our capital.

The Suffolk festival celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016, and later this year makes its debut in Walthamstow in a temporary theatre space in partnership with Waltham Forest Council.

Kanye the First: Photography by Helen Maybanks and Rebecca Pitt

HighTide Theatre will present two world premiere productions in 2017, Heroine by Nessah Muthy (Host) directed by the Festival’s Artistic Director Steven Atkinson and comic dramaKanye The First by Sam Steiner (Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons) directed by HighTide Theatre Associate Director Andrew Twyman. A co-production with Theatre Clwyd, Muthy’s devastating exploration of patriotism and nativism in modern Britain follows young ex-soldier Grace as she struggles to reassimilate into society following a medical discharge from the army. Steiner’s first commissioned, and highly original, play will chart the second coming of global pop icon Kanye West. The play takes a timely look at identity and guilt in contemporary culture. Kanye The First is a co-production between HighTide Theatre and Paul Jellis in association with The Marlowe and The North Wall. Alongside these productions Theresa Ikoko’s Girls, joint winner of the George Devine Award (2016), the Alfred Fagon Award (2015), is set to return. Telling the tale of three young friends who are kidnapped in Nigeria, Ikoko wrote Girls to highlight the stories behind the headlines that quickly become yesterday’s news. Girls is a co-production between HighTide Theatre, Talawa Theatre Company and Martha Rose Wilson.

New work: Heroine, Photography by Helen Maybanks and Rebecca Pitt  

This year we’re focused on what HighTide Theatre is renowned for: commissioning bold and timely plays from the best new writers. We look forward to developing and previewing these world premiere productions in our beautiful home of Aldeburgh, and then for the first time bringing the whole festival to Walthamstow, alongside showcasing work by local artists. This new producing model for HighTide Theatre of two festivals allows us to take risks and continue to develop our productions with the input of our audiences in Aldeburgh. And then our new partnership with Waltham Forest Council and the National Theatre enables us to bring our fully formed productions all together to Greater London, where they can be seen by a wider and diverse community who would like a greater cultural provision in their area.” ~ Steven Atkinson, Artistic Director of HighTide Theatre 

It will be in Walthamstow town centre for 12 days after its Aldeburgh season, bringing an eclectic arts programme to an area of London. The programmes in both locations will include three headline plays (two of which are world premieres) and a programme of comedy, cabaret, talks and music.

HighTide 2017 Walthamstow Artist’s Impression, by SKA

The Walthamstow Festival will run 26 September – 8 October with Press Nights on 26 & 27 September.

“Waltham Forest Council is delighted to be partnering with HighTide Theatre for the first time this year.  Whilst the borough has a thriving cultural scene we do not have any bespoke theatres and a recent survey of residents showed that this was the cultural provision they felt was most lacking.  By bringing the Festival to Walthamstow Town Centre we are able to provide theatre right on residents’ doorsteps. Some of our talented local artists are included in the programme and a number of our young people will have the chance to gain first-hand experience of a professional theatre. We’re proud that our borough is home to one of the most diverse populations in the country and it’s of the utmost importance to us that our cultural programme reflects this diversity. We’re sure that the range of shows on offer will appeal to a wide cross-section of our residents. We also look forward to welcoming visitors from far and wide to experience Waltham Forest’s creative buzz.” ~ Lorna Lee, Head of Culture & Heritage, Waltham Forest Council

Free or discounted tickets will be available to those with a Waltham Forest postcode and HighTide Theatre will be working to help young people find routes into creative roles, in collaboration with local organisation Big Creative Training, hosting a traineeship and work experience placements. The full programme in Walthamstow will include a late night comedy and cabaret strand, a series of talks, a site-specific production,Mobile, and a strand of work showcasing and supporting local creative talent. The comedy line-up is set to include: Phil Wang, Suzi Ruffell, Dane Baptiste, Tez Ilyas and Jayde Adams. Cabaret and music artists include Joe Stilgoe who will perform Songs on Film, The Beatbox Collective and an exclusive preview of new music from Arthur Darvill.

More information is online.

On Wellness: FloVibe Festival Announced

Feeling good has never been more important to us, and to British festival-goers. So, this January it was really timely to receive a press release about the super cool sounding FloVibe Festival.

It’s an early-summer festival that sounds like the perfect way to discover and explore happier and healthier ways of looking at the world – learning from great yoga minds and enjoy awesome new music too. Great combination!

The festival will bring together wellness and new music in a unique weekend of discovery for the mind, body and soul.

Taking place in early June, it promises to be the summer’s best festival for everyone wishing to live a happier and healthier life. Perfect really, and something the CultureJukebox team can really endorse.

FloVibe Festival is part of a growing movement of people making a conscious choice to prioritise wellness in their day-to-day life. The festival will bring together music and mindfulness in a unique hybrid event that is unlike any other festival – with carefully curated music providing an unforgettable soundtrack to a weekend that will leave festival-goers feeling good in every way.

Breaking new ground, this festival unites like-minded people for a retreat meets festival. It will be a weekend of discovery where festival-goers are invited to play, to dance to new music and to flow. Reconnecting with their inner child at the start of the summer.

 “We’re bringing together a bit of everything we love: inspiring international yoga teachers, movers & shakers, workshop leaders, speakers, free thinkers, musicians, artists and DJs. It’s more than a weekend away, it’s an opportunity to explore a mindful approach to life where you don’t have to compromise on enjoyment.” ~ Jason Pooley, FloVibe Founder.

A small festival with a big vision for 2017, FloVibe creates the space to stretch out, breathe deep and collectively explore a more uplifting and sustainable way of being, on the yoga mat, in the festival field, and in daily life.

Jam Sandwich Live is curating the music – which promises to take festival-goers on a real journey of discovery.

“FloVibe Festival is an open-hearted and inclusive festival, inviting a bit of magic into people’s lives – this is perfectly aligned with JAM and the curation will match this. Genre-hopping, spellbinding and uplifting, interweaving live hip hop, jazz, roots, reggae, folk, electronic, disco & soul, at this breathtaking lakeside setting.” ~ Jam Sandwich Founder Lou Wellby.

For more FloVibe Festival information and to book tickets, check out the website here.

On Culture: The Wanstead Fringe

This month, Wanstead’s annual Fringe Festival begins its fantastic celebration of some of East London’s most creative residents and venues.

With a more than thirty events taking place venues around Wanstead and beyond – people can enjoy live comedy, open-air cinema, poetry, a vinyl record night, a cult pop quiz,  art exhibitions and much more.

If you’ve not been to Wanstead before, it’s the perfect excuse to hop on the Central Line and head East..

Wanstead Kinema, c/o Geoff Wilkinson
Wanstead Kinema, c/o Geoff Wilkinson

The literary events are one of the highlights. The CultureJukebox team are looking forward to Aldersbrook resident and Guardian journalist Hugh Muir joining local author John Rogers on a discussion about the changing face of London’s suburbs. The talk will cover place, space and the future of East London.

Locals are also looking forward to some of the live music – with East London rising stars Recoupes and Luna Blaze (Tues 13th) at the brilliant Wanstead Tap. Finally, a live acoustic night in the Manor House sees Wanstead-based acts take to the stage in a  special event called  Keep your Freak Flag Flying.

The Duke, Wanstead

Other eclectic events include nocturnal photography walks, a guided gardening tour and yoga among the trees. There’s also a cornucopia of events for families, children and particularly foodies..

.. in fact, some of Wanstead’s best independent eateries are offering food and menus at a discount, as part of Wanstead Restaurant Week. With this summer’s arrival of Bombetta, The Ginger Pig and a beautiful new greengrocer alongside some of the area’s old foodie-favourites doing great business – it’s a brill time to visit the area.

Bombetta
Bombetta

For more information on The Wanstead Fringe, see here: https://wansteadfringe.wansteadium.com/

On Ideas: The Cambridge Ideas Festival

Was great to receive an email from the Cambridge Ideas Festival – the event returning for its ninth year – tackling the theme of movement.

It tackles some of the most pressing global challenges we face, from migration to human trafficking to Brexit and more.

This year the Festival, which runs from 17 – 30 October, features a number of leading thinkers and innovators, including Fiona Hill, Joint Downing Street Chief of Staff, lead author of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and author of A Modern Response to Modern Slavery Report; Professor of International History David Reynolds; Developer and Founder of Skype, and co-founder of The Future of Life Institute and the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Jaan Tallin; Europol Director Rob Wainwright; Director of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime Tuesday Reitano; Director of the UK Intersex Association Dr Jay Hayes-Light; and award-winning Guardian correspondent Luke Harding.

Bookings open at the end of this month, details are on the Facebook page here.

At the heart of this year’s Festival is the theme of ‘movement’, which encompasses some of the great movements in history, technology, art, politics, music and people. The movement of people and in particular migration has been a major topic over the last year, making the headlines of every major newspaper on a daily basis.

“The role of the Festival of Ideas is to challenge people’s thinking and the status quo. With movement and changes across the globe now happening at a dramatic rate, we want to ensure that areas which affect our lives are being properly questioned and explored. A core aim of the Festival is to share with the public, in a two-way process, some of the incredible research and thinking that is happening in Cambridge and beyond across disciplines and institutions. We very much encourage audience participation and their questions. Every year, we welcome thousands of people to hundreds of events, including talks, debates, performances, films and exhibitions. This year, we look forward to doing the same.” ~  this year’s Festival, Coordinator, Malavika Anderson

The Festival sponsors and partners are Cambridge University Press, St John’s College, Anglia Ruskin University, RAND Europe, Microsoft Research, Cambridge Assessment, University of Cambridge Language Centre, Arts Council England, University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden, Cambridge Junction, Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the Festival media partner is BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

More information is available here.

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On Music: Biggest Beach Music Festival Comes To London

As if the warm weather isn’t summery enough, this week we heard about London’s biggest ever beach festival coming to the capital. And it sounds like a cracker.

On July 30th, Corona will be bringing the sunset moment to life at this year’s Corona SunSets Festival at the Greenwich Peninsula. Organisers promise a party to remember – transforming the venue with sand, stages and bars.

The music is enough to get you excited. Some of the talent lined-up to headline the two main stages include Robin Schulz, Felix Jaehn, Sam Feldt, Norman Jay MBE, Nightmares on Wax and Crazy P Soundsystem, and many more - promising a progressive selection of music from chilled acoustic beach tunes to upbeat, melodic and deep house.

We went to one of the Corona SunSets parties in Ibiza a couple of years ago, and it was one of the highlights of our fortnight on the White Isle. Good times.

 

image from previous Corona Sunsets event
image from previous Corona Sunsets event

At the party in London, people will also be able to experience a true transformation through an array of activities; including eclectic musical performances, sunset rituals and shows, beach games and golden sunset tattoo and body painting to initiate guests into the SunSets Tribe. There will also be a selection of delicious food options and specialty dishes to choose from, positioned alongside market stalls where local merchants will be selling handmade items.

For more information on the Corona SunSets events around the UK and to buy tickets to the London event visit here.