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Photo by Hydar Dewachi

The Floating Cinema up North

We're thrilled to see that the Floating Cinema, which we developed and progammed from its London Olympics inception until 2015, has made it out of London and up to Hull and Sheffield.

There's a great programme launching any moment and runs July 1st - August 13th, taking in Sheffield, Rotherham, Swinton, Doncaster, Thorne, Goole, South Ferriby and Hull - details of all the screenings and venues are here.

We met the young whippersnapper Harry Meadley a long time ago - I think - when we won the Northern Art Prize in 2007/8 so its great to see he's now part of the Floating Cinema too, with a new commission as part of Hull2017 City of Culture. See more on that new work here.

Another opportunity aboard the Floating Cinema

Spread the word - along with the Live Art Development Agency we are commissioning a new live art project to happen aboard the Floating Cinema this summer.

Budget £3500, deadline May 28 - all you need to know is here on the website

Bravo Oonagh

Delighted to announce that last week we commissioned film-maker Oonagh Kearney to create a short film for the launch of this year's Floating Cinema in the summer, shot in and around East London - so looking forward to working with her!

Olympic Cup Cakes by Claire Gevaux

Olympic Cup Cakes

I can't actually remember now where/when/how the idea for serving themed cakes for the Outsider Guides to the Olympic Park occurred. However, Team-Floating-Cinema ran with it in a big way and Rosie Heafford (who also works at UP projects) took on the challenge of creating any 'themed' cake the speakers leading the tours desired (see here for yesterdays creation for Iain Sinclair). The production of the themed cakes has at times threatened to overwhelm all other creative development with Susie & Jemima going a cake-first-routine-second route.

It seems though that they are not the only ones obsessed with the idea of Olympic-themed cake ... on the 'test tour' into the park Claire from the ODA design and planning department suddenly chipped in that she'd been asked to make Olympic themed cakes for a party at the office ... I'd say she more than rose to the challenge -here you can see a fuller impression of her comprehensive approach!

I'm now thinking we have to include a cake maker in our 'Unexpected Moments of Everyday Brilliance' films ... I can see that slow motion piping nozzle action even now.

Boat Life - it's intense

I practically never leave the floating cinema at the moment as the programme is very intense. Despite a few hitches with a lot of floor mopping and sporadic downpours, we are generally having a fantastic time. I highly recommend our screening tomorrow night of the work from Fugitive Images - especially if you are local to Hackney.

I think the highlight so far for me has been A Smaller Sound, A Bigger Crowd by Ian Giles which took folk song and a fictional tale deep into the heart of Docklands. During the first performance we scooted past the biggest boat ever to moor in the dock and came into Middle Dock via a raised bridge in the road. I listened to the sound of Sam Lee's ballad and thought how beautiful it was to focus just on his voice and the story of the Docklands Bell, below the city workers looking down from the bar terrace above. On the other side of the dock we were serenaded by a small group of hand bell ringers - their modest sound managing to pierce and interrupt the dominant culture and noise of the literally towering surroundings.

You can see more images of Ian's work here.  

Floating Cinema Launches ...

Well at least virtually as the VERY nice new website went live this week. Many thanks to our long term collaborator Dorian Moore for the lovely design and build. My favourite feature is that I can blog to the site straight from my phone and the info not only gets automatically posted but the geo tagged images appear on a map of the canal system too.

We'll soon be launching the actual boat/cinema, if you live in East London put July the 1st in your diary when the project begins with an evening of projections up near Springfield Marina in Stoke Newington - everyone welcome.