There will be NO MEETING on Wednesday 24 February due to the clash with the AD:UK conference (see details below)
Wednesday 2 March
we have artist Molly Naylor speaking to the group. Molly is a scriptwriter, poet and performer. She writes script for TV, film, radio and theatre. She has written three live shows which she took to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then toured nationally. Her most recent work is television comedy After Hours, co-created and written with John Osborne. It aired in October 2015. She is currently developing a feature film script, a graphic novel and her first poetry collection.
Wednesday 9 March
we have artist Alex McAleer speaking to the group. Alex McAleer reads minds. He doesn't pretend to be psychic - he doesn't read palms or talk to the dead; he reads people and talks to the living, combining contemporary mind reading with sharp wit and a flair for showmanship. He has wowed cabaret audiences both in the UK and internationally. He has entertained corporate clients ranging from small independent companies to big household names such as AXA, Aviva, TSB, and Virgin Atlantic. He is also a successful writer in the magic world having written several books on his own techniques and lectured them to psychology students, mentalists, and magicians at the prestigious Magic Circle. In 2014 he took his one-man show to Edinburgh Fringe Festival playing to packed houses every night, and has toured the UK performing to over 30,000 people as the stand-out star of ‘Champions Of Magic’. In January 2016 Alex will debut his new one-man show in Perth, Western Australia before touring again with 'Champions of Magic' in the Spring. www.alexthemindreader.com
Wednesday 16 March
Daniel Burgess is a trained Dementia Friends Champion and will deliver an information session to the what next group, in which they will learn more about dementia and how they can help to create dementia friendly communities. Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society led initiative which aims to increase dementia awareness and change the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about dementia. A Dementia Friend is someone who has attended a one hour information session and has committed to an action that will make the lives of people living with dementia a little bit better. Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend and every action counts - from helping someone to find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia on social media.
Wednesday 23 March
Cultural Agency and the Everyday Artist – an afternoon session at Dragon Hall – further details and invitations to follow
Wednesday 30 March
Sam Ruddock from Writers Centre Norwich will be speaking to the group about the Clore programme
Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival – Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 March
See leaflet attached
Upcoming Sistema events
Big Sky Concert - Benefit for Sistema in Norwich
Sat 19th March, 7.30pm
The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN.
Big Sky are a community choir based in Norwich, directed by Sian Croose (co-founder of The Voice Project). They sing a great range of traditional and contemporary vocal music from around the world, from African American Spirituals and Georgian Chant to original songs written for the group by some of the UK's most inspiring songwriters including Chris Wood, Helen Chadwick and Jonathan Baker.
Proceeds from the concert will go to the Sistema in Norwich Civic Charity Appeal.
Le Carnaval starring Katy Prado and the Mamboleros
Sat 12th March 2016, 7.30pm to 2am
The Talk, Oak Street, Norwich NR3 3BP
Sistema in Norwich and Bo Nanafana present a sizzling night of hot Latin music and dance headlined by sultry beauty Katy Prado & The Mamboleros, with DJ Stylus (Copperdollar), Rabo de Foguete, DJ Jazzlord, Free 'n' easy Dance Class, Compere Paul Preston Mills and surprises!
All proceeds are going towards the work of Sistema in Norwich, changing young lives through music.
llustrated Talk and Exhibition by Peter Everard Smith
Weds 17th February, 7.15pm
Flint Hair, 24 St Benedicts St, Norwich NR2 4AQ
Exhibition launch with illustrated talk given by a renowned photographer, whose career can be seen to document particular and developing elements of Britain’s culture and Arts from the 1960s to the present.
The launch and talk will be a truly remarkable event that should not be missed. All proceeds will go to Sistema in Norwich to support our work.
What Next? Great Yarmouth
Friday March 4th, St George’s Theatre Cafe, King St, GY, 2 - 3.30 pm.
The above meeting has been scheduled in response to requests from local writers with an interest in developing their work. What Next? is keen to initiate a discussion around the development of writing in all forms (fact/fiction/poetry/life writing/journailism/writing for performance/writing in the public realm/amateur/professional/ commercial/experimental etc etc) in the region.
Taking an ‘asset based’ approach, the meeting will be keen to hear from anyone with relevant interest and/or experience and we will attempt to begin by taking stock of what already exists and where future opportunities, collaborations and development might lie! There will also be a representative from WritersCentreNorwich present who will be able to offer some guidance where needed.
If you would like to speak on a related subject (5 mins maximum) please send an email in advance to: firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be an opportunity to discuss WN? and to consider next steps in relation to this and art and culture more generally.
We will aim to identify some specific action points (with names and dates attached!) with a view to possible next steps...
Words and Women’s Anthology Launch and Showcase – 7 March at Norwich Arts Centre
Please find attached a press release and poster about Words and Women's Anthology Launch and Showcase event on 7th March at Norwich Arts Centre - it is their annual International Women's Day fest with a fantastic line up - not only the winners from the competition but marvellous stand up in Louisa Theobald and music from Karen Reilly of the Neutrinos, Emily Winng and Sink Ya Teeth as well as singer songwriter, Kimberley Moore - all local or regional artists. Plus, on our fifth anniversary, we are raising money for Women for Refugee Women.
From What Next? National
New GPS Culture Report: A Policy for the Arts and Culture in England. The Next Steps (attached) and also see www.gpsculture.co.uk/newdestination.php
Get Creative Handbook
Thank you to those who came to the Get Creative networking event in Norwich on 4 February. Attached is the revised Get Creative handbook which provides info about the campaign, about GC Day, how to sign up as a Champion and so on.
The National Society for Education in Art and Design Survey Report 2015-16
The National Society for Education in Art and Design is launched the findings of The National Society for Education in Art and Design Survey Report 2015-16 at 4pm on Tuesday 9 February 2016 at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Art Craft and Design Education.
NSEAD’s 2015-16 survey report findings show that in the last five years government policies have impacted not only on the value of the subject, but on the time and resources needed for children and young people to participate and excel in art, craft and design. These changes, evidenced throughout our report, are reducing opportunities and choices to engage in a broad and balanced curriculum and risk jeopardising and limiting the UK as a creative and competitive force in a global market.
See press release attached – link to the survey here - http://www.nsead.org/downloads/survey.pdf
Singers at the English National Opera are to vote on industrial action www.theguardian.com/music/2016/feb/08/english-national-opera-choristers-strike-vote?CMP=twt_gu
Rufus Norris has made a commitment to diversity as the National Theatre announced its new programme www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/feb/03/national-theatre-bill-to-feature-gender-fluid-shakespeare but Sunday performances are to end www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/12139169/Stars-come-out-for-National-Theatre-as-it-ends-Sunday-performances.html
A report by GPS Culture warns fundamental change is needed to rebalance arts funding across England www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/fundamental-change-needed-re-balance-arts-funding-report-warns
In a debate in the House of Lords, peers have criticised the lack of mandatory arts subjects in the eBACC https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/peers-criticise-lack-of-mandatory-creative-subjects-in-ebacc/
An interview with Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, announced last week as the new Musical Director of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/music/classical/article4683058.ece (Paywall)
The Telegraph looks at the benefits of arts-based training for front line NHS staff www.telegraph.co.uk/wellbeing/health-advice/the-actors-teaching-nhs-staff-a-better-bedside-manner/
A new report by Arts Quarter finds 62% of arts organisations expect their earned income to increase during the next year
Waldemar Januszczak has blamed the BBC for turning viewers off art www.telegraph.co.uk/news/bbc/12147207/BBC-to-blame-for-making-viewers-think-art-is-a-kind-of-homework-presenter-claims.html
The Times reports on The Globe’s performance of Hamlet in Calais, which was apparently cut short due to safety fears www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/stage/theatre/article4683830.ece (paywall)
In Cardiff, 700 people have marched against arts cuts in the city www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/campaigners-march-against-cardiff-council-arts-cuts/
The Curtain Up exhibition celebrating theatre in the West End and on Broadway has opened at the V&A www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/curtain-up-theatre-exhibition-launches-at-va-museum/
A new property development in Shoreditch is to be built around the remains of a Shakespearean theatre www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/constructionandproperty/12146089/New-750m-Shoreditch-development-centred-around-remains-of-Shakespearean-theatre.html