Mini Makers

Children’s Art & Craft time in Blackpool!

Check out our new project with Mint & Mamma and Betterstart Blackpool for children aged 0-4 years.We’re delivering art and craft packs to your doorstep alongside online tutorials:

We’ve created a series of craft kits to deliver to families, so that they can have their own art sessions in the comfort and safety of their own homes.

Each kit will contain:

  • All the materials needed to carry out the activity
  • Step by step instructions
  • A link to online video tutorials for those with a more visual learning style or those who may struggle with literacy.

We’re looking for 25 children to receive 1 pack a week over a 4 week period. There will be a mix of crafty activities, all of which are suitable for very young children. You’ll be invited to join a Facebook group so that you can chat to other parents, share your tiny person’s artwork and give us some feedback on the activities.

The packs (and delivery) are free, but places are limited so make sure that you sign up.

***SIGN UP OPEN NOW***

At the moment, packs will be distributed to families that live in these Blackpool wards:

  • Bloomfield
  • Brunswick
  • Claremont
  • Clifton
  • Park
  • Talbot
  • Victoria

Winter Gardens Film Festival

Showcasing the best of modern and classic black and white film in the spectacular historic setting of Blackpool Winter Gardens.

The programme for 2020 will be varied, taking in a range of genres from classic musical, comedy, horror, silent classics and contemporary comedy, along with a range of event cinema, workshops, talks, live music and performance.

The main screenings take place in the magnificent Opera House, opened by Jessie Matthews and Sonny Hale in 1939 as one of the most luxurious and sophisticated combination theatres and super cinemas of the pre-war period. There will also be screenings in the Grand Foyer as well as talks and exhibitions in the other Opera House rooms.

Friday and Saturday focus on Black and White films, while Sunday’s and (for 2020) Monday’s programme is based on the theme music and dance on film.

The festival is a partnership project between the Winter Gardens Trust and Aunty Social CIC. 2020 will be its 6th year.

Dates for 2020:

The main festival will take place on:

  • Friday 22

  • Saturday 23

  • Sunday 24, and

  • Monday 25 May 2020

Please note that this is a Bank Holiday weekend.

 

Find out more…

Film Festival website: www.wintergardensfilm.co.uk

Facebook Page: WinterGardensFilm

Twitter: @WGFilmFest

Instagram: @wgfilmfest

Blackpool Film Makers and Exhibitors Meet Up

Join us for our filmmakers get together on Monday 9 December.

This is an opportunity for you to share your work with local film lovers and get some constructive feedback.

If you want to screen your film, please comment below. Screening slots are 15 mins.
Please bring your film on a DVD or USB.

We’ll start the evening with the screenings and some discussion, then go on to some informal networking.

FREE event
Drinks will be available from the bar/cafe.
If you’re not based in Blackpool, you’re still welcome to come along 🙂

KWA December open house: Curry & Art Chat

Join us for a lovely bit o’ curry and a convo at our last meet-up of 2019.

We’re going to have an around the table conversation about what you lovely arty folk are up to and what you’d like to see in Blackpool in 2020. Kind of a cultural wish-list!

We’re feeling festive, so this is a free open session. Anyone with an interest in the arts and culture in Blackpool will be warmly welcomed.

If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make a Christmas decoration to take home or you can bring your own art/craft project to get on with while we chat.

All food will be vegan, hot drinks and squash provided.

IMPPORTANT!
***Please respond to our Facebook event with ‘going’ to let us know if you are definitely coming, if you’re not sure, just choose ‘interested’ or you can email us …we don’t want to be left with a tonne of leftovers, ta!***

Black History Month events with AFRA

Celebrate the beginning of Black History Month in style with AFRA Blackpool.

7:30pm – late, Saturday 5 October
at Layton Institute, Westcliffe Drive, Blackpool,  FY3 7HG

Join us on Saturday 5 October to enjoy delicious Caribbean food, experience a live performance from Tidal Beats Community Drumming and dance the night away to brilliant sounds from Blackpool Radio’s Lukie-d Ms-Cruger

Try your luck at the prize raffle or pick up a beautiful souvenir from the Blackpool Gambia School Project jewellery stall.

It’s an event not to be missed!

Menu

Pumpkin Soup           Curry Goat
Jerk Chicken              Rice & Peas
Dumplings                   Dessert to follow.

Tickets

Adults £12
Under 12’s £8
Under 5’s Free

Book online (booking fee applies) or call Phil on 07968 401799 or Janette on 07871 949106

Britain on Film: Black Britain

6:15pm – 8:15pm, Thursday 24 October
Blackpool Central Library, Queen St, FY1 1PX

Dir: various | 1901 – 1985 | 91 mins | 12A

Join us as we explore a collection of archive films showing the  history of black Britain throughout the 20th century.

Bringing together films spanning 1901 to 1985 and taken from many different regions of the UK, it offers incredibly rare, little-seen and valuable depictions of black British life on screen.

Watch miners in the collieries of Edwardian Lancashire and Yorkshire; and soldiers from across the Empire joining the services to fight for King and ‘mother country’ in World War I. See rare colour footage of multi-racial Cardiff in 1957, a Nigerian wedding in Cornwall in 1964, and touching interviews with black school leavers in 1965; witness growing racial tensions on a Liverpool housing estate and in New Cross, London; communities in search of their roots and partying on the streets of Notting Hill during Carnival.

Revealing new voices from across a century of vast and turbulent social change in the UK, Britain on Film: Black Britain not only offers audiences the chance to explore stories of migration, community and the struggle against inequality – but also an opportunity to celebrate vivid black British life and culture on screen.

Tickets: Free, optional donation on the door. Booking is essential.

BOOK HERE

Tea and coffee available.

Film details: Dir: various | 1901 – 1985 | 91 mins | 12A

Doors open 6pm. Film screening 6:30pm – 8pm

Keep an eye on the AFRA Facebook page for more Black History Month 2019 Events.

Big Pier Day 2019

Come and celebrate Blackpool’s piers at this fun-filled family event.

11am – 4pm Saturday 13th July 2019

Lots of fun activities and entertainment for all the family and the best part is that it’s all free!

Live rock & roll band The Jetsons UK, Punch and Judy shows, traditional barrel organ, North Pier heritage exhibition and fairground rides. Don’t forget to try the coconut shy, you might win a prize!


We have lots of super arty activities led by Fylde Coast artists:

– Drop-in drama with The Electric Sunshine Project

Postcards from the Past is a short, original piece of drama that explores 1950s seaside holidays in Blackpool. Take a trip down memory lane in this enjoyable family piece.  

Drop-in-Drama has been running for the last 22-weeks as a regular opportunity for adults to come together with like-minded people and have fun – learning new skills, trying out different performance techniques and mostly having a chance to play!

Art and craft activities with Sam Simpson Art and Christine Stringfellow.

Make your own fantastical sandcastles and beach scenes. We’ll supply templates, samples, paper & colours; all you need is your imagination, who knows what will happen! 

Photography workshops with Whipper Snappers (pre-book here: https://pier-photo-treasure-hunt.eventbrite.co.uk )
The whole family can join in on a visual treasure hunt to identify hidden elements located around the pier. You’ll learn some fascinating historic facts about the pier too. We’ll use photography to take a look at colours, architectural elements, perspectives and hidden stories. 

Seaside storytelling performed by Linda Hampton.
Come and listen to Violet’s amazing and astounding Wish you were Here – Seaside Stories. Hear about the magic sandcastle that grew and grew, the musical seashell that could transport you to a land of adventure, and the buried treasure that turned up on a crowded beach! Make sure you join Violet for storytelling sessions throughout the day. 

All activities are FREE FOR KIDS (must be accompanied by an adult)

There will also be a Best Dressed Competition with Fab prizes for the best 3 vintage-style outfits. Sign up on the day from 1pm, prizes awarded at 2pm.

Dirty Great Textile Exhibiton

An exhibition of contemporary textile work by artists living in Blackpool and the Fylde Coast area.

 

Joe Booth, Katy Daniels, Kate Doran, Norma Foulds, Nia Heslop, Knittaz With Attitude, Jessica Longstaff, Vicky Mellor, Holly Pitt Knowles, Amy Raybone, Melody Sharples, Corrinne Valente, Carla Wilson

 

Launch: Thursday 6 December, 6pm – 9pm. Refreshments provided.

Exhibition runs from 6 – 13 December.

See the Facebook event page

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Interactive Cinema: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Something peculiar this way comes…

 

Join us for an evening of storytelling and mystery as we celebrate Ransome Riggs’ gothic fantasy tale of time travel and transformation.

On Friday 9 November, we’re bringing Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, to Garstang Library for a free interactive screening featuring crafts and a time-travel treasure hunt.

Based on the novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Tim Burton’s film adaptation follows 16-year-old Jacob Portman on an adventure that spans different worlds and times.

After he discovers mysterious clues left by his Grandfather, Jacob finds a magical island orphanage existing beyond space and time. There he meets the exceptional Miss Peregrine, who protects a group of orphaned (or ‘peculiar’) children, each with a signature ability, who are in danger from from a sinister threat.

What special powers will Jacob uncover?

Have the peculiars met their match with the sinister hollowgast?

Find out on 9 November.

Who knows, you may meet a real ymbryne…

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Times: Doors will open at 6pm, with the film starting at 6:35pm.

Tickets: FREE – book here!

Dressing up is not essential, but is warmly encouraged!

Film info:  Director:Tim Burton. Duration: 2h 7 mins. Cert: 12A

Trailer: https://bit.ly/2OkjWeb

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About us: We’re a Blackpool-based community cinema group that has been popping up in different Fylde Coast locations since 2011.

In 2017, we won Best Single Event at the UK Cinema For All Awards. We’re completely volunteer run and led; film is our passion as is dressing up and having lots of fun. Come and say hello!

Family Halloween Screen: The Witches

Join us for an evening of mischief and magic as we celebrate Roald Dahl’s deliciously dark tale of spells, secrets and making the world’s children disappear!

On Friday 26 October, we’re bringing The Witches, to Lytham Assembly Rooms for a smashing family-friendly interactive Halloween screening featuring crafts and face-painting.

Grandma has taught nine-year-old Luke well, he knows all about folk lore and most importantly, how to spot a witch. What a stroke of luck! While on holiday at the seaside he discovers that he’s staying in the same hotel as a coven, who are hatching a plan to eliminate the things they hate most… children.

Can Luke and grandma stop the witches before all of England’s children are transformed?
Have they met their match with the terrifying Grand High Witch?

Find out on 26 October. Who knows, you may meet a real witch…

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Times: Doors will open at 17:30, with the film starting at 18:30.

Tickets: Adult/child (includes crafts) £6.50. Accompanying adults (no crafts) £5.50. No booking fees.

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Dressing up is not essential, but is warmly encouraged!

Film info: The Witches (1990). Director: Nicolas Roeg. Duration: 1h 31 mins. Cert: PG
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About us:

We’re a Blackpool-based community cinema group that has been popping up in different Fylde Coast locations since 2011.

In 2017, we won Best Single Event at the UK Cinema For All Awards. We’re completely volunteer run and led; film is our passion as is dressing up and having lots of fun. Come and say hello!

 

See Facebook Event Page

Stitch Play Create: drop-in textile workshop

Join Aunty Social’s Knittaz With Attitude and make your own mini wall hanging.

Inspired by the current exhibition, we’ll explore a number of embroidery and tapestry techniques that combine the traditional with the contemporary and play with bold colour palettes, unusual textures and striking shapes.

Free, drop-in workshop (call in any time from 2pm)
All equipment and materials provided

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EXHIBITION INFO

The Vanity of Small Differences
Grayson Perry
28/09/2018 — 15/12/2018

After four years touring the world, Blackpool,now gets its opportunity to host this exciting Arts Council Collection touring exhibition, and as the last venue of an extensive tour, don’t miss this final opportunity to see it in its current form.

This series of six large-scale tapestries by Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry sees the artist exploring his fascination with taste and the visual story it tells of our interior lives. Inspired by William Hogarth’s moral tale, A Rake’s Progress (1732–35) the tapestries are composed of characters, incidents and objects Perry encountered while gathering inspiration for the television series, ‘All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry’ which first aired on Channel 4 in June 2012. Elevating the common place dramas of everyday life, Perry weaves the characters that he meets into a narrative every bit as acute as that in Hogarth’s 18th century paintings.

Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London and British Council. Gift of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, with support of Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation with additional support from Alix Partners.