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On Friday 9 December, we took a trip back to the 1940s for an event cinema screening of Stormy Weather (1943). We experienced this fabulous film in the atmospheric Grand Foyer of the Winter Gardens, then had a swinging time dancing to the sounds of our live band the Billionaires.

We hope you enjoy these photos by CJ Griffiths photography.

For more Winter Gardens Film Festival events, please visit: www.wintergardensfilm.co.uk 

Event cinema: Stormy Weather (1943)

Join us for a trip back to the 1940’s with an event cinema screening of the classic musical Stormy Weather.

For one night only, Blackpool Winter Gardens will be transformed into the Grand Foyer Club, where cocktails and zoot suits are the order of the day! Jive the night away to the swinging sound of our live band the Billionaires.

Ticket prices start at £15

Standard tickets include:

– Entry to the Art Deco cocktail bar with its 1940’s staff and patrons
– Complimentary cocktail
– Cabaret-style table seating at the screening
– Party until late with live swing band and dancing

VIP tickets include all of the above, plus:
– Reserved seating (front row tables)
– Complimentary snack selection
– Vintage-style Winter Gardens souvenirs

So put your glad rags on and get ready to feel film come to life!

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This event is part of the British Film Institute’s Black Star season: the UK’s biggest ever season of film and television dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors. Black Star explores the relationship between stars and the audiences who love them, spotlighting great performances by black actors on screen.

Get involved with Black Star – volunteer character actors needed

BFI Black Star event – Stormy Weather, Friday 9 December 2016, Blackpool Winter Gardens

bfi-black-star-season-artworkWe’re pleased to announce that we will be hosting an immersive screening of the 1943 musical Stormy Weather as part of the British Film Institute Black Star season.

We are looking for volunteers to take part in our live cinema event at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

About the event

This event cinema screening takes place in the Grand Foyer of heritage venue Blackpool Winter Gardens. The venue will be set up as an early 1940’s nightclub. There will be cocktails on arrival and a swing/jive party accompanied by a live band after the screening.

Volunteer roles

You will be in character as customers and staff of a 1940’s nightclub and will be based in the Opera House entrance, Cocktail Bar and the Grand Foyer.

You don’t need any previous acting experience and you will not need to learn a script. Costumes will be provided, or if you have suitable 1940’s clothing, you can wear your own costume.

There will be a workshop session to:

  • Familiarise you with the film
  • Show you the venue
  • Tell you about your role
  • Fit your costumes

Key Dates:

Workshop sessions (you will need to attend one of these):

  • 6:30pm Thursday 3 November, Winter Gardens
  • 6:30pm Thursday 10 November, Winter Gardens

Show date: Friday 9 December 2016 – 6pm until late

About the film
Stormy Weather (1943) is an American musical film. Featuring Lena Horne, Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller and the Nicholas Brothers; it’s a who’s who of Hollywood’s best African-American performers from the 1940s. It’s an unusual film because at this time, African-American actors and singers rarely appeared in lead roles in mainstream Hollywood productions, especially those of the musical genre.

Stormy Weather is based upon the life and times of its star, dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Robinson plays Bill Williamson, a talented dancer who returns home after fighting in World War I and tries to pursue a career as a performer.

About Black Star

Black Star is the UK’s biggest ever season of film and television dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors. Black Star explores the relationship between stars and the audiences who love them, spotlighting great performances by black actors on screen.

If you would like to take part, please complete this online form by 20 October 2016.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work on a fun and exciting BFI project.

For any more information, please send us an email.


FAQs

  • Do I have to be black? No, we are looking for volunteers of all ethnicities.
  • Do I have to be 18yrs or over? Yes, however we can make some exceptions for 16/17yrs but we’ll need you to email us.

Get Knotted – Beginners Macramé for Voluntary Arts Week

Macramé (making textiles using knotting techniques) has made a huge comeback, so we’re hosting a drop-in beginners sessions in Charabanc this Voluntary Arts Week

Anyone can come and have a go at making plant hangers. The workshop is FREE and includes all materials and plants.
You can take your hangers home with you too!

Come and see how much fun craft and making can be.

Get Knotted

Get Knotted! Beginners Macramé for Voluntary Arts Week

 

Macramé (making textiles using knotting techniques) has made a huge comeback, so we’re hosting a drop-in beginners sessions in Charabanc this Voluntary Arts Week.

Anyone can come and have a go at making plant hangers. The workshop is FREE and includes all materials and plants. You can take your hangers home with you too!  

Come and see how much fun craft and making can be.

See the Facebook Event

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Sing along West Side Story

Star -crossed lovers Tony and Maria

Star -crossed lovers Tony and Maria

Join Aunty Social for a special sing along screening of West Side Story this May. Winner of ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this electrifying musical sets the timeless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in steamy New York.

You are invited to witness this tragic and exhilarating story of star-crossed lovers Tony (Richard Beymer) and Maria (Natalie Wood), caught in the middle of mounting tensions between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks.

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The screening is part of the BFI presents: Shakespeare on Film, a spectacular UK-wide series of 300 special screenings and events celebrating the enormous impact the playwright’s life, work and legacy has had on cinema. BFI Presents: Shakespeare on Film will see multiplexes, independent cinemas, film clubs, pop-ups and community venues the length and breadth of the UK enticing audiences with a broad range of must-see filmic interpretations of Shakespeare’s work and special events featuring leading cinematic lights.

The screening of West Side Story will take place at 7:30pm at Odeon Blackpool (Rigby Road), tickets are priced at £5 and are available online or can be bought from the Odeon. Songs will be subtitled for audience participation. With Jerome Robbins’ famous, athletic and exciting dance sequences and the incredible Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim score, it’s Romeo and Juliet retold as a modern musical classic.

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For more information on Shakespeare on Film, visit the BFI’s website.

Winter Gardens Film Festival 2016: Volunteers

FF LogoFILM FESTIVAL VOLUNTEER CALLOUT!

Fancy getting involved in January 2016? We’re looking for volunteers to fill a number of roles. From technical jobs to focus groups, admin to PR and marketing, why not get involved?

Volunteers will receive free admission to screenings as well as free ‘family & friends’ tickets for selected screenings.  If you are interested then please complete this registration form.

After you submit the form, you’ll receive a link to the Volunteers Facebook group where we will keep you updated.

Winter Gardens Film Festival Preview

The Winter Gardens Trust in association with Aunty Social is hosting a Film Festival preview day on Sunday 2nd November. The event will showcase and promote the development of a new black and white film festival for the town and the first film we’ll be showing is Metropolis, the 1927 sci-fi classic directed by Fritz Lang. 

Metropolis was first screened in Blackpool in the Winter Gardens Pavilion on Sunday 2nd October 1927. In keeping with this, we’ll also be featuring Donald McKenzie, resident organist at the Odeon Leicester Square on the Opera House’s mighty Wurlitzer organ playing the 1927 score which will make the event even more special.


The programme will also include an evening double bill of psychological and supernatural thrillers Rebecca (1940) and The Innocents (1961).


Tickets Prices:

Metropolis, 2pm – £6.00 
Double bill: Rebecca, the Innocents 6pm – £4.00 

Tickets available from the Opera House Box Office.

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Blackpool Yarnbomb Trail – Now on!

Keep your eyes open for some woolly beasties hidden around Blackpool.  For clues on their locations, visit www.blackpoolarttrail.co.uk

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Yarnbomb Trail: Goodness, gracious great balls of wool!

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Square from Scotland

We’ve had a great response to our  yarnbombing workshops and we’re nearly ready to go with the trail.

Special mentions go out to the staff and students of Blackpool Sixth Form College who help a super knit-in on 19 July. As well as out hardcore knittaz from our group and pom-pom makers extraordinaire Tyler and Charlie.  Thanks Guys!

Watch this space as knitted creatures will start to appear around Blackpool. There will be an accompanying web map that will help you to spot them all.

Knittaz in action

 

YT workshops

Our workshop programme from July 2014