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

Breakfast at Tiffany's Poster

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.

 

Strictly Bollywood Divali 2012…

The 9 Week Bollywood Dance Class Course that Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde has been waiting for is finally here.  After the astounding success of Strictly Bollywood Summer 2010 due to popular request and demand Blackpool now brings you…

Strictly Bollywood Divali 2012

Classes start on Wednesday 12th September at Palatine Dance Studio, Palatine Sports College, St Annes Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AR. 

There are two classes: 6:15pm –  7:10 pm and 7:15pm – 8:10pm
£3 per class or         £20 for the whole course

The first class (Weds 12th Sept) is a free taster session.

For more information telephone Madhvi on 07877780853

Hosts:
Nritya Sangam – Indian & World Dance, Music and Events  
Aunty Social – Community Arts

About the instructor:
Mr Yash Shah is from Mumbai, the Bollywood Capital of India and of Ludus Dance, Lancashire.  Dance has always been his hobby and passion since he was a child. He currently works as a Support worker helping people with learning disabilities.  He has also been teaching Bollywood dance professionally at LUDUS  DANCE COMPANY in Lancaster for the last 2 years. 

So, whether you’re a beginner or  a Dance Pro,  come along to have fun, work out, tone up and learn some Bollywood moves!   It’s a fabulous opportunity to network with other dance enthusiasts, find out about amazing Dance Team Formations as well as great Dance Performance opportunities and other specialist Indian Dance Arts Related Classes, Workshops & Events.

Inspector Norse: Treading the boards with KWA

The all-new Swedish crime thriller Inspector Norse from the Lip Service Theatre Company is coming to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on 15th October 2012.  It promises to be a night of nerve-jangling suspense, laughter…and a partially knitted set that hopefully you can contribute to!

 

Knittaz with Attitude (of town centre yarn bombing fame) will be hosting knitting workshops where you can make all the various parts.

We’ll provide:

  • Wool and needles/hooks/french knitting bobbins to those who need them
  • Guidance for beginners learning to knitting and crochet
  • Patterns
  • Light refreshments

It all takes place in the wonderful setting of the Grand Theatre Studio on the following dates:

  • Monday 17th September.  We’re starting at 6:30pm so that we can have a little tour of the theatre before we get on to our wool-fest at 7pm.
  • Wednesday 26th September, 7pm
  • Saturday 6th October, 2pm, this will include a Scandinavian tea party, so don’t forget to wear your woolly jumper and bobble hat!

So sign up online on Facebook or email us

The project is funded by the Arts Council via Blackpool Council Arts Service

 

 

KWA: HQ Hook Up

It’s nearly time for our mid-month get together at Aunty Social HQ, The Old Rock Factory.

Monday 20th August 2012, 18:30-21:30
at Aunty Social HQ,
The Old Rock Factory
Rear 40 Talbot Rd,
Blackpool, FY11LF

Bring your own work or join in with our next yarn bombing project (this time it’s international!)…anything goes. All ages and abilities welcome. Tonight is the deadline for the Manchester Yarnbombing squares and Emma from the Grand Theatre is coming to tell us more about the knitted props required for Inspector Norse.

The all-new Swedish crime thriller Inspector Norse from the Lip Service Theatre Company promises to be a night of nerve-jangling suspense, laughter…and a partially knitted set that hopefully you can contribute to!

If you want a head start then feel free to download these leaf and icicle patterns.

This session will start a little later than usual (6:30pm) and will only be £2. We will provide drinks and biscuits.

Aunty at Me&FYC: New pop-up shop in Blackpool

Do come and visit Blackpool’s newest pop-up shop, Me&FYC. It’s an exclusive fashion boutique selling clothing, accesories and gifts for men and women.  All of the products are handmade or up-cycled, made with love by talented local designers – either made in or inspired by Blackpool & Fylde.

We’ll be selling some lovely bags, badges, cufflinks, hair accessories and rings.

Open from Friday 17th August at 11am (Launch party 6-8pm)
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm until Saturday 1st September.

Me& FYC Facebook page

Me&FYC Twitter page

FYCreatives, 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 3PS

 

LLP Inclusion Conference: Aunty’s trip to Birmingham

On the 19th and 20th June, we took a trip to the LLP (Lifelong Learning Programme) Inclusion conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.  As a result of our Youth in Action project Pop Goes The Workshop, we had been invited to exhibit by the YIA coordinators at the British Council.  We jumped at the chance as this was an opportunity to find out about other learning and skills-sharing opportunities, see what other organisations across Europe were doing and say thank you to Youth in Action/British Council for taking a chance on a rather bizarre project!

We learned about so many fantastic projects and met lots of lovely people who have given us plenty of ideas including some possible trans-national projects… squee!
We <3 Grundtvig!

We came back to Blackpool, buzzing with ideas and with a notebook full of contacts, good job!

P.S. if there was a prize for stall that looks most like a craft fair, we would have won, hands down!