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.

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!

Dirty Great Textile Exhibition: Entry details

6 – 13 December 2018

ICW, 22 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1EW

What?
This winter Knittaz With Attitude will host an exhibition of contemporary textiles. 

We’re looking for bold contemporary pieces to challenge and excite our Blackpool audience. Think bold, modern and experimental!

Artists can submit one or two works in any textile or fibre medium e.g. sewing, weaving, knitting, quilting, embroidery, lacemaking, collage etc. 

Artists are invited to submit recent work (produced within the last 2 years) that has not been included in previous Blackpool-based exhibitions. 

 

Who can enter?
The exhibition is open to all ages and textile disciplines provided that you have an FY postcode and/or are a member of Knittaz With Attitude.

Artists from all backgrounds and all levels of experience including professional are invited to submit one or two of their most recent works to go on display. 

Children are more than welcome to take part.

 

How much does it cost?
If selected, there is a £10.00 installation/admin fee per submission – this will go towards the venue costs.

 

How do I enter?
Please complete the online form by noon Sunday 4 November, we will let you know whether you have been selected by Friday 9 November.

Selection criteria: We want you to be as bold and adventurous as you dare. We’re really keen to see work that is:

  • Unusual and experimental, e.g. makes use of technology.
  • Abstract and avant garde, weird and conceptual is very welcome.
  • Pieces that you would have difficult exhibiting elsewhere

Selection will be made by a group of Knittaz With Attitude members: A variety of Blackpool-based textile lovers who want to bring something different to our town and believe that we have some amazing amateur and professional artists working locally.

 

How do I present my work?
All work that requires hanging must have mirror plates attached at the side to secure it to the wall and be framed. We do not accept ‘clip frames’ or any work deemed unsafe or unprepared for display. Mirror plates are available at most hardware shops. 

All work should be labelled on the back with: 

  • Your name 
  • Your Email address 
  • Your postal address
  • Your telephone number 
  • If the work is for sale – the price.
    Please remember to include 30% gallery commission in the price. 

 

What happens if my work is sold?
You will be notified if a work is sold.
Payment will be made by Aunty Social CIC after the close of the exhibition.
We can only sell your work if you provide us with a Unique Tax Reference Number (UTR)

 

Is my work insured?
Work cannot be insured by Aunty Social and is at all times at the owner’s risk. 

 

Important Dates 

Handing in days:

1pm – 4pm Sunday 2 December

4pm – 8pm Monday 3 December

Preview/Launch: 

Thursday 6 December, 6pm – 9pm.

Exhibition runs from
6 – 13 December

Collection: 

6pm – 8pm Thursday 13 December 

11am – 4:30pm Friday 14 December 

Please drop off/collect from ICW, 22 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1EW

 

We cannot store work after Friday 14 December. Any work not collected by this date will be auctioned for charity.

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Charabanc Christmas Shopping Party 2017

Looking for a unique gift or just want to join us for our Christmas party? Head to Charabanc for an evening of handmade and locally produced delights on Thursday 30th November 2017 from 6pm to 8pm.

We have a fantastic selection of gift ideas from many local artists and makers.

Not only is this a great chance to peruse our products, many of which are perfect for Christmas gifts, but also to warm up with a glass of mulled cider and a tasty treat.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Halloween Screen

Pop-up Picturehouse presents

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Halloween Screen

From 7pm Friday 27 October at

Blackpool Central Library, Queen St,  FY1 1PX

Come and sing along with the classic episode Once More with Feeling on the big screen. There’ll be a big fat Buffy quiz great snacks, costume competitions and general Buffy geekery this October at the Hellmouth.

Hang out in the library with your vampire hunting friends, or you might want to pop to The Bronze for a drink and some live performance.

Tickets £5 available online soon.

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Poetry Doc Night at ICW (In Collaboration With)

Pop-up Picturehouse brings you a double bill evening of poetry documentaries.

DREAD BEAT AND BLOOD (1979)
Director: Franco Rosso
Duration: 43 minutes and 46 seconds

This vibrant portrait of dub poet and political activist Linton Kwesi Johnson transports us back to the turbulent streets of Brixton in the late 1970s. Jamaican-born Johnson explains with precise and powerful eloquence the violence and racism meted out to Black and Asian communities in London and beyond – and how his poetry acts as a weapon in the struggle for justice.

TEN YEARS IN AN OPEN NECKED SHIRT (1984)
Director: Nick May
Duration: 1 hour, 1 minute, and 8 seconds

The near-legendary bard of Salford, aka John Cooper Clarke, aka the ‘name behind the hairstyle’, is the focus of this essential documentary. Nick May’s film wisely sets aside narration to give space to Clarke’s sharp, take-no-prisoners words: in live performance, interviews and simple but striking impromptu ‘videos’ for tracks from his LPs with producer Martin Hannett. The film climaxes with a grim tour through Manchester slums to accompany Clarke’s magnum opus, Beasley Street, a despairing hymn to the urban devastation and human casualties of the Thatcher era.

This is no conventional biography; the film also serves as a useful introduction to the shortlived ‘punk poetry’ scene that rose up around Clarke at the turn of the 80s.

Cost: Donations on the door: £3 suggested.
Refreshments: Drinks & snacks available – details coming soon.
Doors open: 6:45pm
Screening start time: 7:15pm, 15 min interval at 8pm.

This will be a relaxed informal screening,
Huge thanks to ICW for use of the space

Pictures in the Park: Life, Animated (2016)

Directed by: Roger Ross Williams

Duration: 1h 32mins

Genre: Documentary, Animation

Language: English

Awards:

  • Sundance Film Festival 2016: Directing Award – U.S. Documentary
  • Academy Awards 2017: Nomination – Best Documentary Feature

From Academy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams, Life, Animated is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence. The subject of his father Ron Suskind’s New York Times bestseller, Owen was a thriving three year old who suddenly and inexplicably went silent – and for years after remained unable to connect with other people or to convey his thoughts, feelings or desires. Over time, through repeated viewings of Disney classics like The Little Mermaid and The Lion King, Owen found useful tools to help him to understand complex social cues and to re-connect with the world around him.

Life, Animated evocatively interweaves classic Disney sequences with scenes from Owen’s life in order to explore how his identification and empathy for characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel gave him a means to understand his feelings and allowed him to interpret reality. Beautiful, original animations offer rich insights into Owen’s relationship with Disney films as he imagines himself heroically facing adversity as a member in a tribe of sidekicks. Owen’s story is a moving testament to the many ways in which stories can serve as a means of persevering through the dark times, leading us all toward the light.
Autism-friendly screening with low-level lighting, no trailers and quiet/chill-out area.

Tickets £3.50 – carers go free.

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Unlimited tea, coffee and soft drinks.
Please note that this screening will take place at Blackpool City Learning Centre, Bathurst Ave, Blackpool FY3 7RW

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Pictures in the Park: Moonlight (2016)

Directed by: Barry Jenkins,
Duration: 1h 51mins
Cert: 15
Genre: Drama, LGBT
Language: English

Awards: 

Academy Awards 2017

  • 8 Oscar Nominations including: Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress
  • 3 Oscar Wins: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Writing (adapted screenplay)

BAFTA

  • 4 nominations including: Best Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress

A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man named Chiron as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough Miami neighbourhood.

At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, Moonlight is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths.

Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, Jenkins’ staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.

One of the most critically-acclaimed films of the year, ‘Moonlight’ is a hugely powerful story of one man’s self-discovery.

Tickets £4.00 – available on the door and online.

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Free unlimited tea and coffee.

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Pictures in the Park: Chevalier (2015)

Directed by: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Duration: 105 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Cert: 18
Language: Greek – English Subtitles

Winner of Best Film at the London Film Festival, Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Chevalier is a funny, perfectly pitched satire that puts masculinity under a microscope.

Taking competitive spirit to the extreme, six men holidaying together on a luxury yacht go to bizarre lengths to prove that he is ‘The Best in General’. Concocting an increasingly absurd series of contests to test each other’s manhood, they score each other on everything from flatpack furniture assembly to morning erections. Rivalries and insecurities emerge, allegiances shift, tempers fray, and all good sportsmanship goes well and truly out the window and it’s only a matter of time until the knives come out…

Tsangari, a long time collaborator with Yorgos Lanthimos (who made last year’s smash The Lobster), is one of the most exciting directors at work in Europe today. At once a wonderfully weird comedy and an incisive study of the games men play, Chevalier is an indie hit to watch out for.

Tickets £4.00 – available on the door and online.

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Spring Screening: I Daniel Blake (2016)

Spring Screening with Blackpool Food Partnership & Fair Trade Fortnight

Dir: Ken Loach
Duration: 1h 40 mins
Cert: 15
Genre: Drama

Awards
• Winner – Palme d’Or – Cannes Film Festival 2016
• Winner – Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention – Cannes Film Festival 2016
• Winner – Audience Award – Locarno International Film Festival 2016
• Winner – Audience Award – San Sebastián International Film Festival 2016
• Winner – Outstanding British Film – British Academy Film Awards 2017

Daniel Blake (59) has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away.

Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern-day Britain.

Cost: Pay what you can. Suggested £4

Book online: Pre-pay or reserve ‘donate on the door’ tickets.

It’s Fair Trade fortnight, so we have refreshments:

– Fairtrade Tea/coffee included
– It’s also Shrove Tuesday if you would like pancakes with toppings, please bring a donation for Blackpool Food Partnership to exchange for your treats. Non-perishable food is great, but cartons of long-life milk are ideal as they are in high demand.

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