Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Malvern Soup - Sunday 2nd April 2017, 3pm - 6pm @ Malvern Cube

SOUP is a community crowd funding event which was started in Detroit-to raise funding for local projects (initially art projects). The idea is that 4 projects pitch for 4 minutes to an audience who have paid £4 entrance. The audience then eat soup and bring and share food whilst deciding which project they would like to vote for. All the votes are counted and the money is given straight to the winning project. Previous projects have won £200-£400+ although there has been match funding from the Big Pickersleigh The winning project must come back to the next SOUP to tell everyone how they got on with spending the money. The only guidance for the projects is that they must benefit the local community.


The date of the next Malvern SOUP is  Sunday 2nd April 2017 3-6pm at Malvern Cube and the applications must be in by Friday 3rd March 2017 and can be made by Malvern SOUP website.


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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Dancing Club.. new play by Writer / Director Caroline Jester

The Dancing Club 

Thurs 16 March, 4pm & 7pm, Kidderminster College, Market Street, DY10 1AB, no booking required - just turn up! 

The Dancing Club is a project celebrating Kidderminster legends Frank & Wynn Freeman. After the war Frank returned to Kidderminster and wanted to set up a dancing club. He inspired a whole town to get dancing and unlocked the creativity inside them. Across decades Frank & Wynn offered a place to go, to be creative, to be safe, to celebrate, and somewhere to access the latest music and dance trends. The Dancing Club became iconic.

'The Dancing Club' tells the stories of the communities, families, dancers and the musicians who passed through it. 

Writer / Director Caroline Jester has been collecting stories and memories of Frank & Wynn across her home town, Kidderminster. She has teamed up with Kidderminster's Andy Edwards, long term collaborator of Robert Plant, who is working with acclaimed Double Bassist Tom Clarke-Hill making original music for the project. 

As we build this project we want to know what the people of Kidderminster think. We would want you to come to this rehearsed reading (so expect informal, scripts in hand and fun) and stay for a chat afterwards to tell us what you think. 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Joanna Trollope : In Conversation - Thursday 2nd March, 7.30pm at Number 8

 Join us for an evening with bestselling author Joanna Trollope. Joanna will be speaking about her new book City of Friends and the incredible experiences she has had writing novels over the past few decades. There will be the opportunity to pose your questions in a Q+A session and to get a copy of the book signed.

Born in her grandfather’s rectory in the Cotswold village of Minchinhampton in 1943.  Joanna Trollope began her writing career writing historical fiction but has had the greatest success with her contemporary works. She has now been writing for over thirty years and is known for novels such as The ChoirA Village Affair and A Passionate ManThe Rector’s Wife, first published in 1991, was Joanna’s first number one bestseller, and made her into a household name. She has chaired the Whitbread and Orange Awards, as well as being a judge of many other literature prizes. City of Friends is her twentieth novel - a snapshot in the lives of four girls who met at university and remain friends as their careers in the City develop.

 This event will give you an opportunity to discover more about the woman who has been described as one of the most insightful chroniclers and social commenters writing fiction today. There will be the opportunity for you to ask questions in a Q+A session and to get a copy of the book signed.

Tickets priced at £16 are on sale now from Number 8 Box Office on 01386 555488. The ticket includes a hard-back copy of City of Friends (RRP £18.99) supplied by Coach House Books, Pershore who are partnering with Number 8 for the event. Discounts are available for groups of 10+.

Book your tickets now by ringing Box Office on 01386 555488 or book onlione at http://www.number8.org/events/joanna-trollope-in-conversation/

Number 8 Community Arts Centre 8 High Street Pershore WR10 1BG

Box Office: 01386 555488  www.number8.org