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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!

Buy Tickets

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 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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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.

Join the Facebook event page

Screening for my valentine

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Pop-up Picturehouse presents a special Valentines Day screening of Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961).  This is a rare chance to see this romantic classic on the big screen at Stanley Park Visitor Centre.

Tickets are £5.00 per person and will include a glass of fizz and chocolates on arrival.
A selection of snacks, drinks and treats will be available.

Tickets available to purchase online at http://valentinesscreen-eorg.eventbrite.com/

A limited number of tickets will also available on the door, so do arrive early!

Aunty at Wordpool: 2012 round-up


Wordpool (Blackpool Council’s 6th Annual Festival of Words) took part between 31/10/2012 and 16/11/2012.  This was the first year that Aunty Social has been involved hosting three events in the programme.

 

Halloween Screen     31/10/2012

A double bill of black and white gothic horror from the vault.  This was a rare chance to see two classic horror films Nosferatu (1922) and Frankenstein (1931) on the big screen in the wonderful setting of the Winter Gardens Pavilion.  To match the atmospheric venue, we asked the audience to dress up.  Prizes were awarded to the best dressed!  The evening finished with Torchlit tours of the Winter Gardens.

With an audience of over 100 in attendance, this was a great fundraiser for the Winter Gardens Trust and Aunty Social.  Aunty will be returning to the Winter Gardens for more screenings in 2013.

3hundredand65     14/11/2012
Dave Kirkwood, founder of 3hundredand65, a graphic novel, created on Twitter, one day at a time in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Trust.  The event included a Q&A, a chance to look through the project sketchbooks and fundraising auctions and competitions.  We managed to raise £327 for the Teenage Cancer Trust by holding two online auctions of art work by Pure Evil and Sam ‘Mr Sam’ Shearon as well as a more traditional cake sale and raffle.  Dave got his wish of securing Simon Pegg to compose a tweet for the project (due on the 24th Dec 2012).  Let’s hope our Twitter-nagging helped!

For more information on the project, visit: http://www.3hundredand65.co.uk/

31daysinBlackpool (#31days)
Exhibition: 16/11/2012 – 30/11/2012

31daysinBlackpool was a diary with a difference, locals and visitors will contribute to a photo diary of Blackpool via Twitter.  Participants took a photograph of/in Blackpool at 31 minutes past any hour and tweeted it using the hashtag #31days.  The winner of the competition was Kimberley-Jayne Wright with her Legend of Zelda themed photo of Salisbury Woodland.

For an overview of the rest of the festival, there are some great photos on both the Wordpool blog and the Facebook sites and reviews on the AltBlackpool website.  AltBlackpool have nominated Wordpool as one of five best events in Blackpool in 2012, you can vote on their site soon.

Overall, Wordpool delivered 20 events, 62 workshops/sessions, 8 new commissions/projects/pilots, 53 exhibition days (2 new exhibitions), employed 52 artists/writers/poets, and had over 2500 participants/audiences (the figures are still coming in on this and this doesn’t include the exhibition audiences, college workshops or our virtual audiences).

 

Handmade on the High Street

Pop-up Fashion Market

A chance to shop for locally made fashion and accessories at a Town Centre location on:

  • Saturday 8th December (10am-6pm) and
  • Sunday 9th December (10am-6pm).

Money raised from Handmade on the Highstreet will go to local community arts organisations Aunty Social and NWBaseline, so that they can organise more creative and cultural activities in Blackpool.

Stallholders
Stalls cost £15 per day or £25 for the weekend.
Your stall should sell 70% fashion and/or accessories, this includes handmade, customised or vintage.

If you would like a stall in this great Hounds Hill location, please email for a booking form or contact us via Facebook or Twitter.

 

Aunty at Wordpool October/November 2012

Wordpool 2012 is Blackpool Council’s 6th Annual Festival of Words. The Festival is managed by Blackpool Council’s Arts and Library Services.Wordpool development and delivery is overseen by the Wordpool Steering Group, which includes representatives from strategic partners, Wordpool volunteers and delivery partners, community organisations, schools and colleges and arts and library staff.

Aunty Social is pleased to be taking part in Wordpool and will be hosting the following events as part of the programme:

Weds 31st October 2012
Halloween Screen: Nosferatu & Frankenstein

A double bill of black and white gothic horror from the vault.

A rare chance to see two classic horror films:
Nosferatu (1922) and Frankenstein (1931) on the big screen in the wonderful setting of the Winter Gardens Pavilion. To match the atmospheric venue, we are asking you to dress up. Prizes for the best dressed!
Take a look at the event page.

Weds 14th November
3Hundredand65

An evening with Dave Kirkwood, founder of 3hundredand65, a graphic novel, created on Twitter, one day at a time in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Includes a Q&A, a chance to look through the project sketchbooks and fundraising auctions and competitions with prizes such as pieces of contemporary art and Wordpool goodies. There’s also a bakesale!

Visit the event page.

Weds 16th November
31daysinBlackpool (#31days)

A diary with a difference, locals and visitors will contribute to a photo diary of Blackpool via Twitter. Take a photograph of/in Blackpool at 31 minutes past any hour and tweet it using the hashtag #31days. Remember to follow @_AuntySocial_

There’s more information on the event page.