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FANFARE - Jaywick Escapes wins award!

We're thrilled to hear that we have won an award for Jaywick Escapes, our third film, from the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.

Karen returns to our old stomping ground Edinburgh for the canapes and red carpet.....

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any chance of obtaining a coy of Jaywick Escapes on dvd please?

The DVD will be released very soon - please join our mailing list (link above) or check back here for updates!

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Cambridge Festival of Ideas - Sat 26th Oct

We are leading a mud-build workshop from 10.30am - 4pm at this event, as part of our University of Cambridge archaeology residency - do come along but be prepared to get dirty :-)

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Say hello in Cambridge this autumn...

Here's the official art website for our University of Cambridge Archaeology residency we are doing presently - it's just gone live!

As part of the wondrous Cambridge Festival of Ideas we are doing a few free events:

Friday 25th Oct, 6.30-8.00pm

Artists-in-res talk with Hannah Rickards and Tania Kovats Institute of Astronomy. Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0HA
Details and booking here

Saturday 26th Oct, 10.30am-4pm

Recycling archaeological soil samples into mud architecture as part of Prehistory Day
Cambridge Archaeological Unit, 34A & B Storey's Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DT
Details here (no booking needed)

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Us with Hannah Rickards and Tania Kovats, on the North West Cambridge site

Somewhere there's a Cob wall!

The reasoning behind Karen attending a cob building course all to hopefully be revealed soon!

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It was very muddy and very inspiring, taught by the wonderful Kate, who makes you feel like even you can build a mud palace! - see www.cobcourses.com

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What Will This Year's Harvest Be?

Celebrate the flavours of the harvest at Abbey Gardens Food Glorious Food Harvest Festival on Saturday 28 September, 1pm-4pm
A free event for all ages

  • Food-focused garden tour with garden club leader Hamish Liddle
  • Cake and chutney competitions
  • Food by Vegan Peasant made from Abbey Gardens’ produce
  • Test your food knowledge in our quiz
  • The Abbey Gardens Tea Ceremony (a London Metropolitan University project)
  • Bring a recipe for our recipe wall
  • ‘Get rid of your glut’ table
  • Folk music from Robin Grey
  • Cupcake decorating for kids
  • Innovation in outdoor cooking with Charlie Seber
  • …and our ever popular tea and cake stall

All activities are free. Tea, cake, lunch and honesty stall produce for donations to the garden.

Cake and chutney competition entries are to be prepared in advance and brought to the garden on the day.

And if you can’t wait that long, come and see us on Saturday 7 September when we’ll be taking part in NGS Gardens Open for Charity, from 10am – 5pm. Entry £2 (free for children) in aid of this year’s NGS charities; tea and cake for donations.

Harvest Festival poster design kindly donated by Catherine French

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Aboard the Floating Cinema today

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Top Tickets

Get booking today for the last few Floating Cinema Troubled Waters tickets tomorrow ... who can resist a tour of London's watery crimes with added rare archive footage!?

This year's Floating Cinema micro-comedy season also begins this week - we're delighted to welcome back onboard bonkers (in a good way) Holly Burn ... the first of three celebrity comics we've invited to interview an extra-ordinary local celebrity of their choice. Holly is kicking off with Doreen Golding - Bow Bell's very own Pearly Queen - Thursday night at our Mile End Mooring - you'd be mad to miss it ... as the Pearlies would say "One Never Knows" what might happen on a night out with Holly.

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Floating entertainment

I don't get out that much these days (!) but the joy of programming for the floating cinema is that when I do I can just go to our own events and know I'm going to enjoy them!!

This weekend was even better than usual as Karen and Steven Sheil put together the content for the horror weekender - all I had to do was go along, do the introductions, kick back and enjoy two great nights by the canal.

Today I had the pleasure of being the audience for Brendan Walker's 'test tour' - I say book now for those last few tickets for Thursday ... who can resist a boat tour with personal anecdotes, Lea Valley history, special effects, audience participation and a bubble machine ... ?

... and if you can't make the actual tour you could always take the 'rewind' version ...

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Professor Brendan Walker takes on the tour

Pop Up Press

We've been getting some nice press about the new floating cinema ... here from this weekend's Observer.

And for those who missed the launch, here is the film of it created by the lovely O Production:

click here

What a great evening it was!

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Photo: Jack Hobhouse
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